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 →

New York Joins New Jersey and Kansas in Targeting Misclassified Independent Contractors

New York Labor Commissioner M. Patricia Smith announced June 8, 2007, that she and Governor Eliot Spitzer are developing a plan to increase enforcement efforts aimed at companies that “illegally misclassify workers as independent contractors.” She indicated that the enforcement efforts are intended to eliminate the “law-breaking” practice of companies misclassifying workers as independent contractors in order to avoid federal… Read more →

Coalition Submits Statement for the Record: Hearing Before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Ways and Means

Table of Contents Cover Page Introduction Part I Clarifying the Confusion Surrounding Section 530 of the Revenue Act of 1978 Part II Current Requirements of Section 530 Provide Adequate Protection against Potentially Abusive Application of the Provision Part III Independent Contractors Who Receive Forms 1099 are Not a Material Cause of the Tax Gap Part IV Unappreciated Plight of Lower-Skilled… Read more →