Massachusetts Creates Private Right Of Action To Enforce Workers' Compensation Law

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On August 9, 2010, Massachusetts Governor Patrick signed into law an amendment to the state's workers' compensation statute which allows individuals to sue employers for violations of the statute. More specifically, the new law provides an incentive for individuals to seek recovery of any unpaid insurance premiums that are due for workers who are or who should be covered by the employer's workers' compensation insurance plan, including individuals misclassified as independent contractors. The law also permits a private attorney general's action if an employer fails to maintain any workers' compensation insurance.

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