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Massachusetts- HB 1610 (Independent Contractors)  

Issue: Employer/employee Accountability and Wage Theft  

Affects:  Contractors and Subcontractors

Send comments to: Regan Ratliff, rratliff@phta.org

Summary:  This bill was created to prevent wage theft, promote employer accountability and enhance public enforcement.  This bill lays out what an employer must provide an employee in terms of employment related information.  Also included in this bill are provisions regarding wage theft.

A ‘lead contractor’ is a person or entity who obtains, engages or provides 1 or more individuals to perform labor or services, with or without a written contract, directly or indirectly, to a lead contractor or from a labor subcontractor.

A’ labor contractor’ is a person or entity who engages or provides 1 or more individuals to perform labor or services, with or without a written contract, directly or indirectly, to a labor contractor.

A ‘lead contractor’ is a business, regardless of form, that obtains, engages or is provided with 1 or more individuals, directly from a labor contractor or indirectly from a labor  subcontractor, to perform labor or services that has a significant nexus with the lead contractor’s business activities, operations or purposes.

Status: This bill was heard for the first time May 14th by the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development. 

Bill: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/191/H1610