New Jersey’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that people who sell real estate for brokers and agencies are employees, not independent contractors, and thus are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits if injured on the job.

The ruling, Re/Max of New Jersey Inc. v. Wausau Insurance Cos., A-77-98, was a victory for the insurance industry, which prefers the small-scale payouts of workers’ compensation and the statutory bar it creates to suits at law.

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