Vote Delayed on New Jersey Independent Contractors Bill

The vote on the New Jersey independent contractors bill S4204 will be delayed. Senate President Stephen Sweeney announced on Wednesday that state lawmakers will not be voting on the bill before the lame-duck session ends next week in mid-January. Instead, the proposed bill will be revisited and discussed in further detail in the next two-year legislative session. The New Jersey independent contractors bill would designate which workers should be considered employees or independent contractors and ensure that those who fit the criteria as employees will receive proper wages, benefits, and overtime pay if necessary. Supporters of the bill suggest that workers who were misclassified failed to receive the compensation they deserved while detractors believe that if the bill becomes law that independent contractors may be unable to find work, will lose income, and may need to leave the state.

Businesses may hire independent contractors or freelance workers to save on company expenses and avoid offering benefits as well as even skirting around immigration law requirements. In some cases, an independent contractor may indeed fulfill the criteria for being an employee. Full employees receive training from employers, use company equipment to complete work assignments, adhere to a designated work schedule, and must follow company guidelines. Independent contractors may not receive any type of training, use their own equipment, and remain independent in many respects.

The independent contractor misclassification lawyers at Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, LLP champion the rights of individuals who may face wage discrimination or worker misclassification and provide skilled legal representation in these matters. Contact SFMS online or call 877-891-9880 to arrange a consultation at one of our offices across the country including those located in New Jersey, California, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania as well as in Florida and New York.

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