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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2850         FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1738


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts



John D. Keenan


To the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in General
              Court assembled:

              The undersigned legislators and/or citizens respectfully petition for the adoption of the accompanying bill:

An Act relative to the creative economy.






John D. Keenan

7th Essex

Michael O. Moore

Second Worcester

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex

Jonathan Hecht

29th Middlesex

Paul McMurtry

11th Norfolk

Kate Hogan

3rd Middlesex

HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 2850        FILED ON: 1/18/2013

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 1738

By Mr. Keenan of Salem, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 1738) of John D. Keenan and others relative to intellectual property .  Labor and Workforce Development. 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts


In the Year Two Thousand Thirteen



An Act relative to the creative economy.

              Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

              SECTION 1. Subsection (a) of section 148B of chapter 149 of the Massachusetts General Laws, as appearing in the 2010 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting the following clause:-

              (4) or if an individual who is engaged in a profession, trade, or occupation that creates intellectual property that is or is not protected under federal copyright law, federal patent law, federal licensing laws or any other applicable federal, state or international law or treaty governing intellectual property is exempt from section 148B of chapter 149 if they meet the following:

              (i) The individual identifies, markets, or promotes themselves as a freelancer, as self-employed, as a sole proprietor or as an independent business.

              (ii) The individual controls and regularly negotiates the use of their intellectual property.

              (iii) The individual meets the federal standards on independent contractors such, as but not limited to, the Internal Revenue Service 20 Factor Test and any Internal Revenue Service or federal industry specific independent contractor test that may exist.

              The exception shall not apply to an individual who has been coerced, threatened or intimidated into establishing an independent business.

              SECTION 2.  Notwithstanding any general or special law to the contrary, if an individual is a member or is affiliated with a union, guild, membership organization, or professional organization, the employer of the individual is required to abide by the work standards, contracts, pay rate and/or other work practices and agreements established by said union, membership organization, professional organization, or guild.  Membership in a professional development organization, union, guild created by a specific employer for its employees and/or independent contractors shall not meet the definition of a union, guild, membership organization or professional organization.

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