Rhode Island passed a new law requiring independent contractors to register with the state. Anyone who does not register both their wage and client information can face felony charges under the law.

“The designation form will also enter a public, searchable database which the state‚Äôs website claims will list ‘the relationship between a contractor and the business hiring the contractor…’

An anticompetitive issue also exists with the database, the experts agreed, in that it could indirectly promote client poaching or intimidation.”