Massachusetts Bill Would Relax Independent Contractor Test

Massachusetts S.B. 886 Status: Committee Hearing Held on July 16, 2013 Under current law, an individual is considered an employee for purposes of chapter 149 (Labor and Industries) and chapter 151 (Minimum Fair Wages), unless all three of the following are met: The individual is free from control and direction in connection with the performance of the service, both under… Read more →

In Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. Heard: Eligible for Session

Bill S.B. 968 This bill would generally require that failure of an employer to withhold taxes on wages or contribute to the Unemployment Compensation Fund may result in a stop work order and civil penalties.  The bill also would provide that in addition to being subject to civil penalties, an employer who fails to withhold taxes on wages as required by… Read more →

In Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development: Heard. Eligible for Executive Session.

Bill H.B. 532 This bill, entitled “An Act to Provide Incentives for Productive Workers’ Compensation Audits,” would provide that any employer who knowingly submits an application for workers’ compensation coverage that contains false misleading or incomplete information provided for the purpose of avoiding or reducing the insurance premium shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not more than 5… Read more →