If an internal link led you here, you may wish to change the link to point directly to the intended article. With reference to the initial issue, I do know of a case wherein an attorney homeowner, knowing the contractor was not licensed, contracted for work and services and then refused to make payment because the contractor was unlicensed, all knowingly and intentionally.
Boston, MA – The Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development (EOLWD) today announced the launch of the Massachusetts Online Proof of Coverage Application (POC), a free web-based tool that will assist the public in verifying whether a particular business has a current workers’ compensation insurance policy.
And in the future, if he discovers that some belonging of his is missing after a contractor has done work, rather than waiting for the universe to right his contractor wrongs, the right thing is for him to call the contractor and ask about that possibility.
I do have the time right now to research this but it would be helpful if you, as you are legal counsel, can post the case or statute that does hold that a corporation is a licensed contractor if the principal is licensed as agent so that those who read this post (and I am quite surprised as to how many do) will put this issue to rest.
The Court ruled in the homeowner’s favor because an unlicensed contractor cannot collect for work and services performed. Make a knowingly false statement to persuade or influence an employee to become an independent contractor. Passing a trade examination is one of the requirements necessary to be approved for a contractor’s license.