MGL c.149, s.148B Classification standard for independent contractors in Mass.
Internal Revenue Service Revenue Ruling 87-41 Establishes the federal "twenty point test."
Massachusetts Delivery Association v. Coakley
, 769 F.3d 11 (2014)
The Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act ("FAAAA") preempts the second "prong of the Massachusetts Independent Contractor Statute, Mass. Gen. Laws ch. 149, § 148B(a)(2), which requires that workers perform a service "outside the usual course of the business of the employer" to be classified as independent contractors." Workers cannot be classified as independent contractors, therefore, just because they "perform delivery services within the usual course of business for the delivery companies."
Schwann et al. vs. Fedex Ground Package System , US Dist. Ct. Mass. (2015) and Remington et al vs. J.B. Hunt, Inc. US Dist. Ct. Mass. (2015). Although MDA v. Coakley, above, determined that the second prong of the test was preempted, "the entire statute must be treated as preempted. ...FAAAA preempts section 148B as applied to motor carriers."
Somers v. Converged Access, Inc.
, 454 Mass. 582 (2009)
The measure of damages is not "measured by subtracting the compensation the plaintiff obtained as an independent contractor from the compensation the plaintiff would have received had he been hired as an employee. We conclude that this measure of damages contravenes both the plain meaning and the primary purpose of the independent contractor statute and the wage act. An employee misclassified as an independent contractor, as a matter of law, is an employee; his contract rate is his wage rate; and his "damages incurred" equal the value of wages and benefits he should have received as an employee, but did not."
- Advisory on the Massachusetts Independent Contractor/Misclassification Law , Mass. Attorney General Advisory 2008/1
Covers history of the law, the three-prong test, what constitutes violation of the law, and enforcement guidelines
- Consultant and Independent Contractor Agreements
, Nolo, 2014
Book of forms for independent contractors in various fields. Requires Library Card for access.
- Effect of New Employee Classification Requirements under G.L. c. 149, § 148B on Withholding of Tax on Wages under G.L. c. 62B, TIR 05-11, Mass. Dept. of Revenue
"This TIR summarizes the differences in the general rules for determining employee/independent contractor status under chapters 149 and 62B. Second, this TIR announces that the Commissioner will accept determinations of employee or independent contractor status, as described in this TIR, by the Internal Revenue Service for purposes of identifying income tax withholding obligations under chapter 62B."
- Sharing Economy Tax Center
"If you use one of the many online platforms available to rent a spare bedroom, provide car rides, or to connect and provide a number of other goods or services, you’re involved in what is sometimes called the sharing economy....If you receive income from a sharing economy activity, it’s generally taxable even if you don’t receive a...statement."
- Working for Yourself: Law & Taxes for Independent Contractors
, Nolo, 2014
Includes information on Insuring your business, self-employment tax, copyrights, client agreements, licenses, permits, and more. Requires Library Card for access.
- Working With Independent Contractors
, Nolo, 2014
Explains categorization of independent contractors, and strategies for avoiding trouble. Requires Library Card for access.
Employment Status: Employee v. Independent Contractor , Tax Management Portfolio, loose-leaf
Independent Contractor v. Employee , MCLE, 2011
Last update: February 16, 2017