Montana

Signed by Governor

Bill S.B. 242 This bill amends Montana workers’ compensation law to exclude from the definition of “employee”: A person who is performing temporary agricultural work for an employer if the person performing the work is otherwise exempt from the requirement to obtain workers’ compensation coverage under 39-71-401(2)(r) with respect to a company that primarily performs agricultural work at a fixed business… Read more →

Signed by Governor

Bill S.B. 290 This bill amends Montana Human Rights Laws (anti-discrimination statutes) to clarify that the term “employee” does not include an individual providing services for an employer if the individual has an independent contractor exemption certificate and is providing services under the terms of that certificate.

Signed by Governor

Bill H.B. 110 This bill amends Montana Workers’ Compensation Statutes to clarify the grounds on which an independent contractor exemption certificate may be revoked such that the Department of Labor and Industry (“Department”) may revoke an independent contractor exemption certificate after determining that the certificate holder: (a) made misrepresentations in the application affidavit or certificate renewal form; (b) altered or amended… Read more →

Signed by Governor

Bill H.B. 80 This bill amends Montana Unemployment Insurance Law to remove the following exclusion from employment: Service performed by sole proprietors, working members of a partnership, members of a limited liability company treated as a partnership or sole proprietorship pursuant to 39-51-207, or partners in a limited liability partnership that has filed with the secretary of state. This bill also amends Montana… Read more →

Montana Legislators Pass Workers Compensation Exemption For Musicians

The state of Montana is on the verge of enacting legislation that would exempt from coverage under its Workers’ Compensation Act a contract musician. On April 29, 2009, HB 598 was passed by the legislature and transmitted to Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer (D-MT) for final review. Under current law, musicians are generally considered covered employees of the bar or venue owners that… Read more →