CWS 3.0: December 21, 2011 - Vol. 3.37

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Legal Roundup: IC Legislation; Workers’ Comp Ruling

IC Legislation. The Boston Business Journal reports that Massachusetts independent contractors and businesses are pushing legislators to broaden the state’s definition of IC. Established in 2004, the state considers someone performing work that is part of the normal course of business to be an employee of that business. “That’s absurd,” says probate accountant Peg Primak, who works as an IC for numerous law firms, but who would be considered an employee of each under current law, eligible for benefits and unemployment. Read more here.

Workers’ Comp. Maine’s Supreme Judicial Court ruled last week that a temporary worker cannot sue an employer that contracted with an employment agency for his labor in a workers’ compensation case. This ruling affirms Editorial Director Subadhra R. Sriram’s assertion earlier this month that co-employment relationships need not be as feared as they are. Read more on the court's ruling here.

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