Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Globe Highlights Caucus' Efforts to Assist Small Businesses and Independent Contractors

A story in today's Boston Globe highlights the plight of many small businesses and contract workers since the state changed the definition of independent contractors in the 2004 public construction reform act. Although this change was made to prevent construction companies from denying workers benefits they had rightly earned, the Department of Revenue has used the 2004 law to aggressively target people working in many other professions.

The Senate Republican Caucus offered an amendment during last week's economic development reorganization debate to limit the changes to individuals working in the building trades, and to allow those workers who have historically been classified and treated as independent contractors -- including hairdressers, freelance writers and photographers, and CPAs -- to retain this designation.

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