Thursday, May 14, 2009

Independent Contractors

In the case of Rodriguez vs Ed Construction the Compensation Review Board takes up another independent contractor vs. employee case.

I have seen a number of similar fact patterns come through my door in recent years and am concerned that the CRB takes an unusually narrow view of who is and who is not an employee. I worry that I am settling these cases too low because when I speak with my colleagues who are labor lawyers, they seem to be far more fearful of worker's being categorized as employees than our CRB is. This is a troublesome issue. I firmly believe Connecticut workers need adequate protection and I think this whole "independent contractor" business has been expanded too far.

I think it is time another appeal from the CRB is taken.

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