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Massachusetts Misclassification Claims barred by Statute of Limitations

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  Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly  reports on a misclassification claim that was limited by the statute of limitations because the worker shown have known that he was misclassified as an independent contractor. In this case, the court said: Plaintiff argues, however, that the statute of limitations as to these claims was tolled until he became a Town…

Malden business owners indicted for falsely misclassifying workers, concealing more than $2.8 million in payroll 

  From the Boston Globe, Jackson Cote reports that two owners of a cleaning company have been charged with misclassifying workers. Jackson writes: Two owners of a Malden-based cleaning company have been charged with misclassifying their workers, concealing more than $2.8 million in payroll, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Monday. Marcello Pompa, 40, of Saugus,…

Massachusetts Enacts Law on Noncompete Agreements 

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  From Lexology, David J. Santeusanio and Andrew Silvia provide an excellent overview of the Massachusetts statute governing noncompete agreements. The new law covers noncompete agreements between entieis and their employees AND independent contractors. David and Andrew write: The Act applies to noncompetition agreements signed by employees and independent contractors who work or reside in Massachusetts. The…

Massachusetts Legislature Passes Comprehensive Noncompete Reform 

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    From Lexology, Melissa McDonagh and Kevin Burke report on the recently passed (but not yet signed into law) Massachusetts bill that restricts non-compete agreements and that the restrictions apply to agreements with independent contractors also.  Melissa and Kevin write: New Minimum Requirements for Noncompetition Agreements in Massachusetts As noted above, the Act specifically curtails…

SJC justices urge lawmakers to update independent contractor law 

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  From MassLive, Shira Schoenberg reports that Massachusetts Supreme Court Justices encouraged the legislature to clarify the state’s independent contractor laws.  Shira writes: several of the justices urged the Legislature to update the state’s independent contractor law to alleviate confusion. Chief Justice Ralph Gants, joined by two other justices in a concurring opinion, said the state laws…

Mass Attorney General Leads Multi-State Effort To Curb Worker Misclassification 

  From Framingham Source, Susan Petroni reports tha Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy joined in a brief to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) that supports an interpretation of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) that would say that intentional misclassification of workers as independent contractors to preven them from organizing is a violation of hte NLRA. …

Harvard University Gets Lesson In “Higher Education” In Independent Contractor Case 

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  From JDSupra, Mark Tabakman reports on a settlement between Harvard University and therapists and acupuncturists who alleged that they were misclassified as independent contractors.  Mark writes: [Harvard University] has just recently agreed to revise its university-wide worker classification system as part of a settlement of a class action involving allegations of misclassification. The case is entitled Donahue…

Patriot Ledger delivery drivers ruled employees, not contractors 

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  From The Boston Globe, Katie Johnston reports on the Appeals Court decision that newspaper delivery drivers were employees and not independent contractors. Katie writes: Delivery drivers for the Patriot Ledger newspaper are employees of GateHouse Media, not independent contractors, the state Appeals Court ruled Tuesday, a decision that could affect other GateHouse drivers but likely won’t have a…

Massachusetts Appeals Court rules against Gatehouse, says its newspaper carriers are employees

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  From MassLive.com, Shira Schoenberg reports that the Massachusetts Appeals Court found that a newspaper carrier was an employee and not an independent contractor.  Shira writes: A Massachusetts Appeals Court has ruled that newspaper carriers for a major Massachusetts media company must be classified as employees, not independent contractors. The case has larger implications for the…