What is an Independent Contractor?
Under Massachusetts law, if you are providing services to a company, organization, or person for pay, you are either an employee or an independent contractor.
Despite the word "contractor," people working as independent contractors, or 1099 employees, do not always have a written contract. If you are paid in cash, or paid by a check without any taxes or other deductions taken out, you are being paid as an independent contractor, whether that is what your employer calls it or not.
Though this practice is common in many industries, it is often not legal under Massachusetts law, which applies a strict three-part test to determine if someone is appropriately considered a contractor rather than an employee.
If you have questions about your classification, you should speak with an employment lawyer, because you may be missing out on some important rights and benefits.
Learn more here about the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law.
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