Employees vs. Independent Contractors

employee group photo It’s crucial to know whether your workers are employees or independent contractors. Big dollars may be at stake in the form of federal and state assessed penalties resulting from misclassification. The validity of your company’s pension plan may also be at risk.

A periodic review of the status of your workers to see if they are properly classified is critical, but the process isn’t easy due to the complexity of the issue. To determine whether there is an employer – employee relationship or a business relationship, there are some factors to consider: the behavioral and financial control over the worker, ownership of the tools, the permanency of the relationship (is there a contract?), work location and work hours. There is no litmus test for exactly how many factors must be satisfied, nor are the factors uniformly applied.

If you’d like to discuss these complex rules with us and see how they apply to your business in order to make sure that none of your workers are misclassified, please call our office to arrange for an appointment.

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