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Classifying independent contractors: Two different approaches

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

ICA has previously discussed the dire situation facing self-employed people in Massachusetts. It is clear that its anti-self-employment laws are blatantly discriminatory. If anything, the situation in 'mad Massachusetts' seems to be getting worse. Our friends at ‘New Jobs for Massachusetts’ have provided us with a story about ‘Heinz’, a specialist electrical contractor who tried to set up business in Massachusetts. He was literally forced to leave the state because of its ‘dumb’ laws. And now it appears that franchise operations are in disarray because of those same anti-contractor laws.  More...

International tax attacks on the self-employed

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

In recent times we've heard of a number of cases where local tax authorities have made it difficult to engage independent contractors. This sort of story is not confined to Australia. In fact, it is common and global. I had several days of discussion with the Professional Contractors Group in London last week. Their tax problems under IR35 continue unabated. More...

The ‘eLabour’ trend

Sunday, February 09, 2014

‘eLabour’ is changing the face of ‘employment’ across the globe. The Wall St Journal says that it's necessary to focus on being ‘employable’ rather than ‘employed.’ More comment from ‘New Jobs for Massachusetts’.  More...

Becoming organized to defend our rights!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

It’s good to see a new organization in the USA has been set up to defend independent contractors: www.itsmybusiness.com. And in the UK, a new group has been formed to defend ‘entrepreneurs’: www.centreforentrepreneurs.org. It’s groups like these that we’re looking to work with internationally to improve protections for the right of people to be self-employed entrepreneurs. More...

Politicians love entrepreneurs

Sunday, November 24, 2013

As much as they say they love entrepreneurs, politicians’ policies all too frequently damage entrepreneurship.

Here’s the latest update on the USA ‘misclassification’ laws.  More...

Anti-independent contractor laws. Massachusetts scandal

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

 ICA’s Ken Phillips met with the Massachusetts House Small Business Caucus in October 2013 in Boston.  The members are concerned that Massachusetts' anti-independent contractor laws  suppress jobs growth in Massachusetts. More...

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