First of all I'm not the 1099 worker, but I'm curious as to how employers get away with skirting [New Jersey] labor law by having a worker [an uneducated laborer in this case] sign the 1099 form as a condition for having a lousy job. It seems like a farce to call a construction laborer 'a subcontactor' to avoid responsibility when that person is injured on the job -no workman's comp., can't receive unemployment comp. ,or eventually realizes he hasn't been paying into Social Security when he tries to retire. To add insult to injury, this guy is probably paid what his net pay would have been rather than a gross pay amount. Maybe the law allows this sort of thing for a short-term worker, but in this case the guy worked this way for 10 years or more. Thanks for any info.