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Independent Contractor or Employee? The Basics

Sklover Working Wisdom

Over that time he had registered with a temporary help agency that specialized in part-time lawyers, and through that temp agency Ira had taken on some short-term assignments to help out law firms for specific cases. Some six months before coming to our firm for a consultation, through his temp agency Ira had been hired by a large law firm to work on a large case that was expected to last for two to three years. What is an independent contractor?

“What is Joint Employer Liability?” Many Workers Have Two Employers, But Don’t Know It

Sklover Working Wisdom

He was considered an “independent contractor” and earned $35 per hour for his efforts, without benefits. He was told “No,” as overtime pay was given only to “employees” and that he was an “independent contractor.”. Example: Department stores are not hiring “seasonal employees” at year-end holiday time, as they always used to do, but instead are increasingly turning to “temp agencies” to hire them and then “lease them” back to the department stores.

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Leave Policy Missing In Action

Evil HR Lady

It should contain, at minimum, the following information: Number of days an employee can take as sick leave before going on short term disability Number of company paid sick days (or if unlimited, then number of days before disability is required) FMLA policy (make sure this is compliant with both Federal and State laws--some states are more generous) At what point an employee is terminated (after FMLA expires? Well, maybe compensation.)

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Leave Policy Missing In Action

Evil HR Lady

It should contain, at minimum, the following information: Number of days an employee can take as sick leave before going on short term disability Number of company paid sick days (or if unlimited, then number of days before disability is required) FMLA policy (make sure this is compliant with both Federal and State laws--some states are more generous) At what point an employee is terminated (after FMLA expires? Well, maybe compensation.)

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