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Court: Arizona law doesn’t make real estate agents employees

Close up of cheerful realtor selling an apartment. He is holding a placard in the shape of house. The woman is standing on background

A new court ruling says Arizona laws and regulations don’t make real estate salespeople employees of their brokers so brokers aren’t necessarily legally responsible for some work-related activities of their salespeople.

The state Court of Appeals reaches that conclusion in a ruling stemming from a lawsuit filed by the wife of a truck driver killed in a collision involving a real estate salesperson.

The ruling says that although brokers must closely supervise salespeople’s work on transactions, brokers aren’t required to control other work activities of salespeople, such as driving to and from sales appointments.

According to the ruling Tuesday, that means state laws and regulations don’t create an employer-employee relationship.

The ruling said the salesperson was an independent contractor and that the broker wasn’t liable for the agent’s alleged negligence.

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