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SBANE Chairman Bob Shea Discusses Risks of Independent Contractors

Employment Law: Independent Contractors - with Attorney Bob Shea

Many businesses use "independent contractors" to augment their regular workforce. They see advantages to using trained, non-employee workers with specialized skills who can provide needed services on a short-term or long-term basis. However, the ability of businesses to classify workers as independent contractors is not unchecked. Businesses cannot avoid employer obligations simply by designating certain workers as independent contractors. In this video Massachusetts Employment Lawyer Robert M. Shea discusses the serious danger that "independent contractors" can pose to a business when they do not comply with government and tax laws and are misclassified as such.

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Summary: Many businesses use independent contractors to augment their regular workforce. They see advantages to using trained, non-employee workers with specialized skills who can provided needed services on a short-term or long-term basis. Indeed, some companies have developed their business models based upon the use of such non-employee workers. However, the ability of businesses to classify workers as independent contractors is not unchecked. Businesses cannot avoid employer obligations simply by designating certain workers as independent contractors. For more information, see Bob's article: The Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law  
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