Payment Delay in 1099 Employment Contract

Subject: Payment Delay in 1099 Employment Contract
From: Trish Robertson <trish -dot- robertson -at- comcast -dot- net>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 08:14:26 -0400

Hi,

I just received a contract for a six- to eight-week gig on a 1099 that states these payment terms: "$X per hour billed bi-weekly and payable net 30 days." I am very uncomfortable with that delay. Not only do I need money sooner than six weeks, but, potentially, I could complete my contract before seeing any money--and who knows whether they will pay.

Previously, when working on a 1099, I was payed within two days.

I believe that in Massachusetts, permanent employees must be paid bi-weekly, but are there any rules governing the timeliness of payment to consultants/contractors?

Does anyone have any insight about this issue?

Thanks, Trish
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