On WBUR, Andrea Shea covers the current Massachusetts Independent Contractor Law and its effect on creative individuals. According to the article, the law was changed in 2004 to prevent worker exploitation, but it’s had the unintended consequence of making it more difficult for freelance writers, illustrators, and other creative workers in Massachusetts to be hired as independent contractors.
From the article:
… (State) Rep. Smitty Pignatelli, D-Lenox, is concerned about the law’s unintended impact ripping through his district. Many of his constituents are indie artists, and he says western Massachusetts – and the state as a whole – really can’t afford to lose its creative workforce because of this law.
“This creative economy is certainly putting people back to work and all I know is out in the Berkshires, if it wasn’t for the creative economy, I’m not sure where the Berkshires would be on the radar map at this point,” he says.