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HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1448         FILED ON: 2/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3546

 

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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PRESENTED BY:

Jennifer E. Benson

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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 definition of an employee
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PETITION OF:

 

Name:

District/Address:

Jennifer E. Benson

37th Middlesex

Lori A. Ehrlich

8th Essex

William N. Brownsberger

 

James M. Cantwell

4th Plymouth

Cory Atkins

14th Middlesex


HOUSE DOCKET, NO. 1448        FILED ON: 2/18/2011

HOUSE  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  No. 3546

By Ms. Benson of Lunenburg, a petition (accompanied by bill, House, No. 3546) of Jennifer E. Benson and others relative to freelancers in the definition of employees  under the labor laws.  Labor and Workforce Development. 


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
 

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In the Year Two Thousand Eleven

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An Act relative to the definition of an employee
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              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.  Section 148B of chapter 149 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2008 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “unless”, in line 3, the following words:--  (i) the individual annually certifies in writing to the department that he is a freelancer and should not be classified as an employee because:

              (1) he is an independent contractor providing services as a visual artist, writer, photographer or designer; and

              (2) he contracts with multiple entities; and

              (3) he has not been coerced, threatened or intimidated into signing the certification; or (ii).

              SECTION 2.  The department of labor and workforce development shall promulgate regulations relative to the certifications of freelancers under section 148B of chapter 149 of the General Laws on or before January 1, 2012.

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