One-third of American workers, from software engineers and researchers to graphic designers and nannies, work independently outside the bounds of traditional 9-to-5 employment.
It’s part of the most profound shift in the workplace since the Industrial Revolution. It’s a shift that is likely to accelerate as freelance or independent jobs, which have increased by 156,000 nationally so far in 2011, continue to proliferate even during a slow economy.
But none of that job growth can take place legally in Massachuse because state law virtually ensures that no individual may unambiguously pass the legal test to qualify as an “independent contractor.”
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