Archives for June 2011

Workers’ Comp Insurance No Bar to Suit by Independent Contractors Hurt on the Job

The Supreme Judicial Court has added yet another reason for employers to properly classify their workers — the threat of a direct lawsuit by non-employees injured on the job, even if those workers first collect hefty workers’ compensation payouts. In a May 23, 2011 decision, the Court held that the state law barring injured employees from suing their employers does not apply to subcontracted workers. Two victims of a residential construction project explosion were permitted to first settle with the defendant’s workers’ compensation insurer, then sue the company that controlled the worksite where they were injured. [Read more…]