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Saturday, July 10, 2010

House Cleaners Not Employees

A homeowner was not responsible under workers' compensation law for the injuries suffered by someone who was hired to clean the house. The Court held that individuals hired to perform basic cleaning services such as dusting, vacuuming, sweeping and bathroom cleaning did not establish an employee-employer relationship.

The reviewing tribunal, in affirming the trial court's decision, held that the relationship did not meet either "the right to control" or "relative nature of the work" tests.

Lopez v. Moser, Docket No. A-1535-09T21535-09T2, NJ App. Div., 201 WL 2696754, Decided July 9, 2010.

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