Tag: independent contractor


Have you been misclassified as an independent contractor? On March 17, 2017, Attorney Adam J. Shafran and Rudolph Friedmann LLP filed a class action lawsuit against Smart Transportation, Inc. and related companies ("Smart") to recover damages on behalf of a class of drivers who alleged they were misclassified as independent contractors ... Read More


An inconsistency between Massachusetts’ real estate statue and Massachusetts’ independent contract statute prompted plaintiffs to bring an action against the real estate companies they worked for. Plaintiffs argued they were improperly classified as independent contractors paid on a commission only basis, despite their employer exerting the type of direction and ... Read More


The Massachusetts Wage Act prohibits employer’s from requesting or accepting from any wait staff employee, service employee, or service bartender any payment or deduction from a tip or service charge given to such wait staff employee, service employee, or service bartender by a patron. When an employer charges a patron ... Read More


Massachusetts requires every employer in the commonwealth with one or more employees to have a valid worker’s compensation policy at all times. This type of no fault insurance protects employees by providing medical care and partial wage reimbursement. Employers need not have a valid worker’s compensation policy for work done ... Read More


A 2008 Amendment to the Massachusetts Wage Act simplified the award of treble damages in wage act violation cases. The amendment takes discretion away from the court and makes treble damages a mandatory award.   “An employee so aggrieved who prevails in such an action shall be awarded treble damages, as liquidated ... Read More


Time and time again, businesses misclassify employees as independent contractors. It is always important to scrutinize the relationship to ensure you are not missing out on monetary damages, worker’s compensation coverage, payroll tax contributions and overtime wages. In this appeal to the Massachusetts’s Appeals Court for unemployment compensation, the court affirmed ... Read More