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Independent Contractor or Employee? The Basics

Sklover Working Wisdom

It wasn’t a “real law job,” but it was enough to keep Ira afloat. 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. These labels include “employee,” “partner,” “independent contractor,” “vendor” and the like. What is an independent contractor?

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. If they also work on site instead of remotely, you must add the cost of a desk, chair, the real estate to house them, and any onsite perks you offer, like daycare or kitchen facilities for lunches and breaks. Insulate contractors from direct client communication unless absolutely essential.

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Seven Short Q & A’s on Sunday

Sklover Working Wisdom

Would those same rules apply to independent contractors? With independent contractors, the presumption is the exact opposite: it is presumed to be the property of the independent contractor, unless an agreement was entered into that says it belongs to the company hiring the independent contractor. HL, not only am I not licensed to practice law in California, but I am not experienced in Workers Compensation, which is a sort of “subspecialty” in employment law.

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