The Massachusetts legislature recently passed a bill that requires temporary staffing agencies to disclose specific information to temporary workers and is designed to offer them more protection. This law is supported by a number of worker advocacy organizations, including the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH).

The new law requires temporary agencies to provide written notice to workers of important details of their job assignments, wages, hours, conditions, associated costs, and benefits, including who is paying for workers’ compensation insurance.

The Public Welfare Foundation cites a recent University of Massachusetts Amherst report that outlines widespread abuse among unregulated employment agencies, a rapidly growing sector in the Massachusetts economy. The report states that approximately 25,000 Massachusetts temporary workers toil in these hazardous jobs every day, employed by over 900 temporary agencies. This past March, the US Department of Labor found that a Natick-based staffing agency owed $1.3 million to nearly 500 Massachusetts workers employed in 34 restaurants.

Contact our office for more information about the new legislation and worker’s compensation insurance.