Independent Contractor or Employee? The Basics

Sklover Working Wisdom

Unlike the law firm’s other attorneys, Ira received no benefits, no paid vacations, no paid holidays, no sick days and no 401k. Ira didn’t see any difference between what he did and what the law firm’s associate attorneys did, and wondered why he was considered an “independent contractor,” and they were considered “employees,” and why he was not entitled to all of the benefits they were. What is an independent contractor?

6 Key Benefits of Becoming an Electrician


An electrician’s job offers a wide variety of benefits, including stability, high wages, and a lack of boredom. Check out the 6 key benefits of becoming an electrician below to determine whether this is the perfect career for you. .

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Should You Hire Someone Full-Time or Stick to Contractors?

Ms. Career Girl

There are more freelancers and independent contractors than ever before, thanks in part to the availability of short-term gigs from businesses and the rise of new technologies that enable remote work. But if your business is growing quickly and you’re in need of more help, is an independent contractor going to be enough to serve your needs, or should you hire someone on full-time? Advantages of Independent Contractors. We’re in the middle of the age of the gig economy.

Why Hire Junior Contractors? | Hiring Technical People

Hiring Technical People

Skip to content Johanna’s Site What I can do for you Workshops and Training See me Speak Email newsletter Contact Johanna ← Interviewing Ability May Help Your Career Focus on Your Experience → Why Hire Junior Contractors? Posted on July 27, 2008 by johanna George Dinwiddie asked me a question in email, “Why do companies hire junior-level contractors? How long do your contractors last?

How to Develop a Strong Contractor Relationship

The Undercover Recruiter

When recruiting a contractor, it is vital to source the perfect candidate for the job role and the company. As independent contractors don’t have the same compensation benefits and employment rights as full-time workers, it can be easy for them to leave a job if they become dissatisfied with the arrangement. Should this happen, you are likely to sever ties with both the contractor and client as you have been unable to live up to your end of the deal.

Contractor Case Files: Solving the Two Major Pitfalls of Going Solo

Ms. Career Girl

Being a contractor or freelancer is not all it’s cracked up to be. If you are planning to be one or have been one for a while now, you would know that despite the multitude of benefits of going about business on your own managing your money and setting up your own benefits is a tedious and important responsibility. Thanks to your bigger, more flexible income, you have more to manage taxes, investments and benefits. Do you have tips for contractors?

what to do when your employer illegally treats you as a contractor

Ask A Manager

A reader writes: My question relates to being a 1099 contractor for a consulting firm. I was under the impression that I would be working with the rights and privileges of an independent contractor. As an independent contractor, can they require this of me? In looking at the IRS website, I was under the impression if they control when/where/how I work, I am no longer a contractor but an employee.

answers to your questions about the new unemployment benefits law

Ask a Manager

On Friday, major new unemployment benefits were signed into law — and they significantly expand who can collect unemployment, for how long, and how much you’ll receive. Here are the highlights of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act: • From now until July 31, everyone collecting unemployment will receive their regular state benefit, plus an additional $600 per week from the federal government.

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why are contractors treated like second-class citizens, boss enters without knocking, and more

Ask a Manager

Why do some people look down on contractors and freelancers? I’m a freelance writer contracting at a large company, and I’ve noticed that some people tend to look down on contractors and freelancers. The row of cubicles that my fellow freelancers and I sit in right now is jokingly referred to as “Contractor’s Row.” In some companies there’s a culture where contractors are indeed seen as second-class citizens.

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“Becoming a Consultant? – Here are 21 Smart Points to Raise”

Sklover Working Wisdom

The reduction in employee headcount provides employers with lower overall expense, especially as to benefits and legally-required payments, such as mandated contributions to healthcare under the Affordable Care Act, Social Security, unemployment benefits, and workers’ compensation plans. Agreements and Contracts Going Out on Your Own Independent Contractors Monthly Newsletter Library Unique Situations“The second mouse gets the cheese.”. – Terry Pratchett.

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employee clique is causing problems, employer will pay me more if I work as a contractor, and more

Ask a Manager

Employer will pay me more if I work as a contractor. The employer responded that the salaries were not negotiable but that if I was willing to waive my benefits, they would have some wiggle room. I asked him to expand upon this, and he said that if I wanted to waive all benefits, including leave, and become a 1099 contractor, they could meet $65k. I’m a bit upset because my current employer is wonderful and has a great benefits package.

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Why You Should Consider Outsourcing Within Your Business

Ms. Career Girl

Taxes, benefits, workman’s compensation insurance, and perks like gym memberships or other items all factor in to the actual cost of hiring employees. Depending on state laws, there are definitions for independent contractors, and if you violate those laws, you have to pay the person you have hired as an employee. Insulate contractors from direct client communication unless absolutely essential.

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7 Benefits Of Having A Career In The Real Estate Sector

Career Realism

The following paragraphs explain some of the benefits of making a career in real estate: 1. This is one of the major benefits of this business so that it ensures proper returns on investments. If you are working for yourself, as real estate agents usually do, or if you are working for a bigger organization, you will be treated like a contractor who works independently. The post 7 Benefits Of Having A Career In The Real Estate Sector appeared first on CAREEREALISM.

what are the bare minimum benefits an employer needs to provide?

Ask a Manager

A reader writes: I have a question regarding employee benefits. What do you (or your readers) think are the absolute minimum benefits an employer should provide? I, of course, try to work with my clients to develop the most competitive benefits package they can afford. However, I’ve often run into the situation where the client believes they absolutely can’t afford even the most basic of benefits.

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What Kind of Worker Are You? Job Classifications for Tax Purposes

Ms. Career Girl

For the most part, there are two types of workers — employees and independent contractors. Once you know, the difference between independent contractor vs. employee can come into play throughout your professional life. Are you an employee or independent contractor?

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Entrepreneurs: Looking to Hire? Avoid These 3 Hiring Mistakes

Ms. Career Girl

Perhaps there is business expertise that you don’t have; but a contractor may better suit your needs than a full-time employee. Clearly communicate the benefits and company culture, and treat your candidates (and new hires) with respect and transparency.

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“Vacation and Vacation Pay – 50 Frequently Asked Questions”

Sklover Working Wisdom

Because so many employers are trying to cut back on pay and benefits wherever and whenever they can, it is more important than ever to know your rights and to be prepared to stand up for those rights in a smart and effective way. . The laws that apply to employees generally follow this rule: the state laws that apply to benefits and wages is the state law of the state in which you “sit” while you do most of your work. “A vacation is what you take when you can no longer take.

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Contracting : The Fundamental Guide

Ms. Career Girl

However, a person can be considered to be a contractor if they offer other freelance skills such as administration, translation or IT services. Why become a contractor? With so many businesses looking at ways to reduce their overheads, bringing in contractors for certain services is becoming more popular. There is also a great deal of freedom that comes with being a contractor. Financial management for contractors. Are you a contractor?

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8 Fields to Pursue For a Career Post-Coronavirus 

Ms. Career Girl

As an insurance agent, you often work as an independent contractor. You can accept W2 work or sign on for a company like Postmates as an independent contractor. If you lost your job during the pandemic, you might consider switching fields.

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Hot Careers – Have you Thought about Consulting?

Career Alley

There are several ways you can approach consulting as a career alternative – as an independent (working as a contractor for a consulting firm or directly for a client) or as a direct employee of a consulting firm. Independent Consulting Contractor. The per hour pay tends to be higher for independent contractors. Your benefits are not covered, so you will need to pay for these yourself. Full benefits (generally) as well as paid vacation.

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Hiring Your First Employees: Making the Move from Small Business to Employer

Ms. Career Girl

In addition to budgeting for expenses like salaries and benefit contributions, you’ll also need to budget for employment taxes. When you advertise, you have the option to look for an actual employee, or you could advertise for an independent contractor.

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Careers in Technology Consulting

Career Alley

There are several ways you can approach Technology Consulting as a career alternative – as an independent (working as a contractor for a consulting firm or directly for a client) or as a direct employee of a consulting firm or technology services provider (such as Syntax ). Consulting Models: Independent Consulting Contractor. The per hour pay tends to be higher for independent contractors. Your benefits are not covered, so you will need to pay for benefits yourself.

5 Tips for Getting Hired as a Subcontractor in Michigan


As a subcontractor, you’ll reap the benefits of paying work without having to navigate the project management process. . Determine your relationship with the contractor and follow the chain of command when dealing with any issues that arise.

When Great Places to Work Outsource Jobs That Are. You Guessed It, Not Great.

The HR Capitalist

Keep adding benefits or features of your culture that are cool but few people will actually use. Sarah Katz, 27, worked as a content reviewer at Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California, through a third-party contractor, Vertisystem, for eight months in 2016. Any guesses whether those 3000 additional hires will be contractors or full-time employees? They're going to be contractors.

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Remote Worker Awards

Telecommuting Journal

Home Archives About Contact Subscribe Telecommuting Journal Remote Worker Awards April 29, 2009 · 0 comments UK Workers Get A Chance to Win A Home Business Remote Employment has announced the launch of the Remote Worker Awards, to highlight how remote and home working benefits the environment and everyone’s quality of work life. All freelancers, self employed consultants and project contractors are encouraged to enter The Freelance Consultant Award.

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Seasonal Unemployment Rules Working Moms Ought To Know

Competitive Resumes

It was such a relief when I learned that I could collect my unemployment benefits after all. I wanted to know if I’m eligible to receive unemployment benefits the months I’m off work. As reported by CNN, federal law gives states the option to offer benefits. Department of Labor website shows the criteria for unemployment benefits. Employed teachers are not qualified to take unemployment benefits during the summer.

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How to staff your start up!


Part-Time, Contractor, Temp, Casual, Full-Time or outsource EVERYTHING?? Whether this is from day one or later down the track, when you have determined it’s time to get help, it’s worthwhile taking careful considerations to your options and their immediate and longer term implications: Independent Contractors/Outsourcing. A very useful initial approach would be to hiring independent contractors or outsource instead of hiring employees.

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To Freelance Or Not To Freelance: That Is The Question

Ms. Career Girl

There are several factors to consider when deciding whether or not to declare yourself an independent contractor as opposed to a company employee. This sidebar, however, comes with a very real caveat, which is to say that employers have found out the benefits of forcing their workers to accept freelance contracts, which takes away serious financial and human service obligations associated with hiring employees. Choose your own benefits.

short answer Saturday: 6 short answers to 6 short questions

Ask A Manager

Here we go… Figuring out pay as a contractor I have never worked as a contractor but was contacted about a potential contract job and asked to provide my pay requirements plus gas cost. Keep in mind that as a contractor, you’ll be paying your own payroll taxes and won’t be getting benefits like health care or paid time off. Reply Charles March 20, 2011 at 12:59 pm “Figuring out pay as a contractor.&#

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How to Tell if a Company’s Culture Is Right for You

Ms. Career Girl

Because while decent pay and work benefits are nice, those things by themselves probably won’t make you happy in the long-term. Start by identifying people who may have had experience with the company, such as lawyers, consultants, contractors, etc.

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Tips for Landing Your First Job as a College Grad

Career Alley

Large companies have more entry level positions to fill and are more likely to offer benefits, which can help supplement lower wages. Two good places to start looking are through the top job search sites and government contractor reviews. The latter lists the year’s top contractors, who tend have the most hiring capacity at the entry level. Finding your first job after college can be a daunting task.

Is Your Small Business Breaking Labor Laws? 5 Mistakes to Avoid


Classifying Employees as Independent Contractors. Some small business owners think it’ll be easier and cheaper to classify their employees as independent contractors, so they don’t have to pay payroll taxes or cover benefits like disability and paid leave. But there are rules surrounding who can be classified as an independent contractor and who can’t. You’re a small business owner, not an employment attorney.

2019 109

How to Renovate Your Home for Your Home-Based Side Hustle

Ms. Career Girl

Choose a Contractor. You can choose your own architect and then hire a general contractor, or you can go with a design-build contractor that covers it all. Check out the many home improvement contractor rating websites. Also, if any contractor says you don’t need permits because the project is small, run! Your contractor and designer will walk you through the process and help you coordinate all of the necessary plans.

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Tips for Landing Your First Job as a College Grad

Career Alley

Large companies have more entry level positions to fill and are more likely to offer benefits, which can help supplement lower wages. Two good places to start looking are through the top job search sites and government contractor reviews. The latter lists the year’s top contractors, who tend have the most hiring capacity at the entry level. Finding your first job after college can be a daunting task.

5 Ways to Improve as a Female Leader in the Workplace

Ms. Career Girl

Whether you’re a female entrepreneur, a small business owner, a team lead, or even a self-employed contractor, you still need to push the envelope to better yourself. Despite having a record-high number of female CEOs running Fortune 500 companies, this still only represents 6.6

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5 Tips to Building Your Freelance Career

Career Alley

Freelancer, contractor, consultant, self-employed – these all have similarities but can be different as well. Book Corner – Adams Starting A Contractor Business Kit with Booklet and CD (PK216) 3. There are benefits for partners as well (they gain from your business network as do you from theirs). So you want to be a freelancer? Working as a freelancer typically means you are self-employed and offering goods or services to others.

Keeping Taxes in Check: Write-Offs for Your Small Business

Ms. Career Girl

Those wages can be tax deductible, but they have to be claimed separately from the employee benefits and benefits programs. Employee Benefits Programs. Employee benefits programs are a diverse group. This can encompass any program your company offers that benefits your employees, such as tuition reimbursement or health insurance. Dinner out to discuss a contract or meeting a contractor to go over fees both count as a business meal.

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Protect Yourself: Laws Every Employee Should Know

Career Alley

Contractor Law. If you are paid as a contractor, the company you work for must treat you as one. If you are an employee, not a contractor, the law says you must be paid as one and receive the same benefits, such as vacation time and insurance, as other employees. Employment is generally a necessary part of life.

2013 215

How to Maintain Your Work-Life Balance

Ms. Career Girl

Benefits of Maintaining a Healthy Work-Life Balance. Clearly, more of us could benefit from a better balance between work and life. Full-time hires are typically more expensive than most contractors. And soon enough, you’ll see the benefits of your investment in that new employee. The concept of work-life balance has become increasingly popular in recent years, and according to medical research, the idea should be taken more seriously than a passing fad.

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Attempts to Make the “Gig” Economy Work Fall Short


Uber and Lyft, among other like companies, have been hauled into court to challenge their assertions that the people providing services under their name are independent contractors. Their definitions of who is an employee and who is an independent contractor have been around for decades. State workers’ comp boards and insurance divisions are also interested because of the underfunding that might occur due to lack of tax collection from independent contractors.

The Frightening Fact New Grads Should Know Before Entering The Workforce

Career Realism

Contract jobs are detrimental because they typically have no benefits whatsoever. Contract jobs rose in popularity in the last 15 years when employers realized they could save a substantial amount of money on payroll, employment taxes, and benefits by hiring contractors. The initial allure to the contractor was a guaranteed salaried job after ‘proving themselves’ worthy during the contract period as well as less dedication.

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“Can I prevent prospective employers using my resume to get business without hiring me?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

I don’t like the idea of my hard-earned education and experience benefitting a major corporation without myself getting a piece of the pie. If you have a specific defense contractor in mind, you might consider filing an anonymous complaint with the U.S. Department of Defense, the largest user of defense contractors by a long shot. Question: I recently found an article on your site entitled “How can I stop my resume from being used for unauthorized purpose?” (To

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What HR Needs to Know When Hiring a Contract Recruiter


The contractor has duties and rights well defined in the retainer agreement. Salary range and standard benefits for the position. Independent Contractor Agreement: The contract recruiter will not be an employee of the client company. They will be a consultant or independent contractor. The contractor possesses specialized or technical skills or knowledge not generally possessed by the client’s own workforce*. Picture this.

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