In 2003, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (which encompasses New York) ruled that workers on projects covered by the federal Davis Bacon Act could not assert contract claims as alleged “third party beneficiaries” of Davis Bacon construction contracts, as permitting such claims would undermine Congress’ intent in electing not to

As previously discussed here, the New York legislature recently enacted the Construction Industry Fair Play Act. The law is effective tomorrow. In sum, the law provides that an individual providing services in the construction industry only qualifies as an “independent contractor” under the Act, if s/he meets the following test:

(1) [the worker] is free