Section 1. Insert after Chapter 149, Section 147H, a new Section 147I:
(a) Any individual who has an independently established as (1) a freelance writer, editor, proofreader or indexer in the publishing industry who works out of his or her own residence, or (2) an artist, whose work constitutes intellectual property to which copyright laws apply and who works out of his or her own residence or studio shall be exempt from the requirements of M.G.L. c. 149, § 148B(2) for purposes of M.G.L. c. 149 and M.G.L. c. 151. This exception applies only to the individual freelancer or artist and not to anyone working with or for that person.
(b) The exception from the requirements of M.G.L. c. 149, § 148B for purposes of M.G.L. c. 149 and M.G.L. c. 151 provided in paragraph a of this section shall not apply to an individual who has been coerced, threatened or intimidated into establishing an independent business for an employer for purposes of evading M.G.L. c. 149 or M.G.L. c. 151.
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