Tag: Independent Contractor

Best Practices for Avoiding Worker Misclassification

Up to 30 percent of employers misclassify their employees as independent contractors, according to national estimates. Misclassification occurs when an employer improperly classifies a worker as an independent contractor instead of an employee. Unfortunately, the consequences can be severe. Some businesses intentionally misclassify workers to try to save on taxes or avoid other costs associated […]

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Economic Reality Check: Is Your Independent Contractor an Employee in Disguise?

The traditional lines between contractors and employees are fading fast as outsourcing continues to gain popularity. The “gig” economy leads people to pursue freelance careers, working several jobs or maintaining a “side hustle.” Technological advancements allow more flexibility in where, when, and how jobs are completed, further blurring traditional distinctions between contractors and employees. Yet […]

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Was Racetrack Chaplain an Independent Contractor or an Employee?

Recently, the Kentucky Court of Appeals had to decide whether or not a chaplain working for Keeneland Association, Inc., was an independent contractor or an employee. Based on the courts findings, the chaplain could then proceed with a disability discrimination claim against the racecourse.

1099 vs. W-2: Should You Classify as ‘Independent Contractor’ or ‘Employee’?

During the hiring process, a crucial decision for an employer is whether to bring on a new individual as an employee or as a contractor. Granted, in some businesses the choice may be clear, but in others it can require more of a judgment call. This decision is not a small one—it has legal consequences […]

Self-employed worker or salaried employee? Getting it wrong can be costly

By Myriam Robichaud You’re about to hire an employee. But he has his own business and wants to be an independent contractor. That way, he’ll pay less tax. And it’s easy for you too — you will just have to pay his invoices and won’t have to include him in your employee headcount. But wait. […]

Misclassification mistakes: Know risks and prevention strategies

It’s almost an understatement to call misclassification of employees as independent contractors a hot topic. It’s certainly the subject of a growing list of court cases, government agency investigations, and legislative initiatives. Various agencies at both the state and federal level have been in crackdown mode for a few years now, and it’s no wonder: […]

Independent contractor or employee? Ensure you get it right

How do you know whether to classify someone as an independent contractor or employee? Is it enough to have a contract in place that specifies that someone is not considered an employee? While most employees hope they have it right, misclassifying employees as independent contractors costs the federal government $2.72 billion every year, according to […]