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?

Learning the Difference Between Employees and Contractors in Today’s Gig Economy

Evil HR Lady

Gig workers made headlines recently with California passing new state laws that require companies to turn most contractors into employees. Whether we call them freelancers, consultants or independent contractors, they are everywhere. Some of you reading this are part of the army of independents in the HR war of contractors vs employees. To keep reading, click here: Learning the Difference Between Employees and Contractors in Today’s Gig Economy.

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Wellbeing in the Gig Economy

Undercover Recruiter

The onward march of the gig economy means that most of us now work as contractors or freelance workers and it suits many of us down to the ground. There’s an abbreviation especially for these workers: TVCs which stands for “temps, vendors and contractors”. According to Forbes, more than one-third (36%) of US workers are. View Article. Wellbeing in the Gig Economy Undercover Recruiter - Recruiting & Talent Acquisition Blog.

Google Has a Terrible, Degrading Policy. Here’s Why You Should Adopt it.

Evil HR Lady

They are temporary employees, contractors, and vendors, even if they show up on one of the Google campuses every day. But, here’s the deal: if you’re going to have temps, vendors, and contractors working for your company you have to treat them differently than you treat your employees. percent of the people who “work” at Google , don’t actually work for Google.

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How Long is a Technology Career?

Hiring Technical People

Now, you might have to do this as a contractor. And a temp-to-perm situation is fine. If you’ve been employed for long enough, a temp situation is fine, too. Matt Heusser has a great column over at Stickyminds this week. Take a look at A Long View of the ‘Short’ Technology Career. If you are an older job searcher, and you are looking for a job, one thing you might do is look for a technical job. That’s what I suggest in Manage Your Job Search.

I Have No Idea Why I Was Just Fired

Evil HR Lady

I think the least they could do is tell us, contractors, why they are letting us go. You were given an assignment as a temp, and that assignment ended early. It probably won’t help you immediately but it does preserve the relationship and demonstrates that you understand the very nature of a temp job. People hire temps because the job may end. I think she’s just acting like she always does towards temps. I am hoping you can help me understand this.

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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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Are You Ready for the Rise of the Contract Workforce?

Water Cooler Wisdom

The US Department of Labor actually breaks down the four main types of alternative work arrangements into independent contractors, on-call workers, temp workers and workers employed by contract firms. When we think of the gig economy, ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft come immediately to mind. However, it’s much bigger than that.

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10 Surprising Statistics About the Contingent Worker and Your Contract Workforce


My work has placed me at an interesting intersection where I am working and consulting in the HR and recruiting industries while also being an independant contractor and member of the contingent workforce. Temporary Workers in California are Twice as Likely as Non-Temps to Live in Poverty. ( 86% of temporary/contractors say their current level of job satisfaction is very good/excellent compared to 73% of permanent workers.

Scaling Your Contingent Workforce: A Competitive Advantage, Yes, But Not Without Risks


From a cost control perspective, this is understandable, but as humans and teammates, once onboarded a temp or contractor should feel as much a part of the team as anyone. No longer can an organization assume that highly skilled contractors, freelancers or other non-permanent workers will be ready and willing to fill gaps as circumstances require. This may just be the year of the contingent workforce. The numbers are staggering. According to Staffing Industry Analysts’ U.S.

How can I build a careers without getting burnt out?

Careers Done Write

You may have small periods of down-time, but temp work in other areas of coding can fill that time. As an independent contractor, you will be responsible for your tax reporting, personal health insurance, and retirement savings. Dear Deb, My work history is not perfect. I tend to work for a while, get burnt out after the product is released, and then leave the job.

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Ms. Career Girl

The temp-to-hire job contains a probation period to see if you are worthy of the full-time position. The independent contractor is often an hourly wage individual that gets a higher rate. The post TOUCH ON THESE 9 TOPICS IN YOUR NEXT INTERVIEW appeared first on Ms. Career Girl. The following is a guest post by Sharon Schweitzer. Her bio follows. Everyone knows that overwhelming feeling of going to a job interview.

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HR Slang: Contingent Fringe

HR Capitalist

Contingent Fringe is 1) the percentage of temps, contractors and freelancers in the American workforce, plus 2) people who are current full-time employees at a company who would likely have to join the contingent labor workforce should they lose their current full-time gigs. . What's the definition of " contingent fringe ?"

How can I build a career without getting burnt out?

Careers Done Write

You may have small periods of down-time, but temp work in other areas of coding can fill that time. As an independent contractor, you will be responsible for your tax reporting, personal health insurance, and retirement savings. Dear Deb, My work history is not perfect. I tend to work for a while, get burnt out after the product is released, and then leave the job.

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Alternative Career Opportunities

Career Brander

It is only since the mid 90’s that an hourly contractor been considered employed. Contractors focus on the job and are extremely productive. The last 20 years have shown temp hiring to be a leading indicator of a recovery.

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“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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73% of Workers Want More Flexibility in the Workplace


Millennial workers (59 percent) would rather be temps, contractors , part-time workers, or consultants, than settle into a traditional full-time job. Workplace flexibility is becoming increasingly more important for today’s working adults. In fact, a recent study revealed 73 percent of working adults agree flexibility is one of the most important factors they consider when looking for a new job or deciding what company to work for.

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LAROCQUE’s Five Recruiting Trends in 2014 #recruittrends


This means that in many environments the two worlds of recruiting Full Time Employees (FTEs) and contingent workers (contractors, temps, independent consultants) will collide. Recruiting Trends Week is upon us! Each day, everday this week Blogging4Jobs is taking it to the streets to find out what trends will be “the trend” in recruiting. What do you think? What trend do you see as #1 in 2014? Let us know here ! Elevate your brand and HR & Recruiting practitioners.

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you’re exhausted and burned out because work is terrible

Ask a Manager

When she graduated with her master’s, she was offered a full-time temp job, with the understanding that it would turn permanent “if she worked hard enough.”. “It But the organization went through a “leadership change” and she was strung along on temp contract after temp contract, pushing herself to her psychological and physical limits. “I

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coworker got obnoxiously drunk at a work event, can we tell people to wash their hands, and more

Ask a Manager

I’ve been searching for over two years now and have taken two different temp jobs in the meantime, but my job hunt has never stopped. I only told one that I accepted the first temp job because it meant we were working in the same building. It’s five answers to five questions.

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How to Find a Public Sector Job

The Undercover Recruiter

Manpower , Hays , Morgan Law , Badenoch and Clark are all still, Reed , are still handling public sector temp and permanent roles. The short term contract type, the temp roles, the ones where the actual employer is not the public sector organisation, the ones which are filled by contractors not employees.

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Do you have the guts to live a life that sings?

Penelope Trunk

Do not send me topic ideas – I have a million: Like, in the future work teams will be flash mobs, which is very consistent with super-temps who move in an out of the project-based workforce. And tons of contractors. I spend hours and hours in cello lessons. Not that I pay attention – I answer emails a lot of the time. But there’s no way to not learn if you sit in enough lessons, and the big thing I’ve learned is being a great performer takes guts.

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10 Reasons to Ditch Outlook and Excel for Recruitment [TECH TUESDAY]

The Undercover Recruiter

As well as having a negative effect on the candidate experience you could end up incurring costs as a result of having to hire temp staff or contractors. If your recruitment process relies on Outlook and Excel then you could be losing good candidates, and worse still, having a negative impact on your bottom line. As anyone recruiting with Outlook and Excel will know, providing a seamless and standardised recruitment process is difficult.

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What Does a “Bad” Decision Look Like on a Candidate's resume?

Hiring Technical People

If they’re a contractor, were they kept on or, even better, asked back for another project? sara says: September 16, 2009 at 12:19 pm i wanted to ask- im currently going through a temp agency to find employment-The recruiter liked my resume and mentioned that he had alot of work for me with my experience. The temp agency in on the other side of town from my house.

2007 132

I hate my promotion and want my old job back, horrid interviewers, and more

Ask A Manager

In January 2008, I was hired by a temp agency to be a contractor at Company X, working alongside other contractors and employees of Company X. 2011. Contractor – Jan. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. I hate my promotion — can I ask to have my old job back? I have been with my current company for almost three years now, my first position out of college. The first two years, I was in another department.

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To RPO or Not to RPO?

The Undercover Recruiter

A good example is the recruitment might be temps or contractors, depending on your business model. To RPO or not to RPO? Recruitment Process Outsourcing that means of course.). Frankly, that headline scans better when I’m writing about TUPE , but I’ll leave that for my ER blog. About three years ago, I headed back into the world of recruitment.

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Leave Policy Missing In Action

Evil HR Lady

How all this fits with your disability (short and long term) policies Under what conditions a manager is allowed to hire a temp or contractor to fill the duties See, that's not so hard, right? A long-time employee went out on sick leave a couple of months ago, and has recently expressed the intention of remaining on leave for the next six months.

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Leave Policy Missing In Action

Evil HR Lady

How all this fits with your disability (short and long term) policies Under what conditions a manager is allowed to hire a temp or contractor to fill the duties See, that's not so hard, right? A long-time employee went out on sick leave a couple of months ago, and has recently expressed the intention of remaining on leave for the next six months.

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99 Problems: E-Verify Ain't One.

HR Capitalist

You bring on E-Verify, that simply pushes more illegal immigrants over to employers who are willing to misclassify them as independent contractors,” says Norm Adams, a Houston insurance broker who helped defeat legislation that would have mandated use of E-Verify in Texas. I don't know, but I'm assuming having a business and saying you need temp workers for a period of time and letting someone else chase them is the only way a business like Lemkes' can survive.

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11 Assets Every Business-Of-One Needs To Survive

Career Realism

Recent studies are predicting one out of every two professionals in the workforce will be independent contractors by 2020. These include those on fixed term contracts, independent consultants, those working through temp agencies or on call and those who own a business with less than five employees. This post is part of the Professional Independence Project series. I had a dream that I wanted to have my own business. That dream has come true several times since graduating college.

2014 87

dating company clients, who makes the final hiring decision, and more

Ask A Manager

” In re-reading the job description, it sounds much more like an employee position than an independent contractor. It may be that they just don’t know the difference between contractors and employees (I had a previous job where that was the case, and they straightened it out on their own soon after hiring me). Once you have an offer, say that you want to get clarification on the contractor status of the role, since the IRS regulations require that contractors.

2013 56

client accidentally said rude things about my team in a voicemail, what happened to thank-you notes, and more

Ask a Manager

The new policy is we all must wear our badges on a lanyard around our necks, which is fine, but permanent hired staff and contracted/temp staff have different lanyards. The difference is not even remotely subtle: Permanent employee badges are very plain, while the ones for contractors and temps are a very bright color. If your company generally treats contractors and temps well, that matters more than the badges. It’s five answers to five questions.

being told to sleep on a couch on a business trip, unsolicited sales pitches, and more

Ask a Manager

Listing contract, temp, and freelance work as “Your Name Consulting” Yesterday I read an article on how to present contract, temp, and freelance work on your resume. ” The article went on to explain how/why this way looks better than listing your freelance or temp work. I’ve been with a temp company just over a year, and I’ve worked in the past as an independent contractor.) It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

my boss stole my resume and is applying for the same jobs as me

Ask a Manager

A reader writes: I have been working as a contractor since late 2019, for what was to be a temp to perm position. After about a month, I realized I received the bait and switch regarding what I was hired to do as opposed to what I actually was tasked with doing.

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how long should a raise take to go through, asking your boss to do your work, and more

Ask A Manager

I’m currently working as a W2 Contractor for a large company. When I was initially hired as a contractor, my rate negotiation was with HR, but with my boss’ input and approval. I suppose it’s possible that in your case, they’ll treat the negotiations as you being a new employee rather than an existing one (since you’re currently a contractor) and potentially have HR more involved, but they really shouldn’t.

2013 56

EEOC is reconsidering their policy regarding Criminal Background.


JES/Genie Temp Agency ordered to Pay $80,000 to. (16 » 7 Costly Legal Myths in Contractor Workforce Management Businesses across the country are continuing to cut costs by replacing employees with independent contractors to save costs. Be our Friend. Keyword Search HCX for your Favorite Author / Content. Local. Blogs. About HireCentrix. Advertise. Contact Us. My Profile. Share Your Experience. Submit an Article. Login / Register. Support Us. HCX Jobs. Search.

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did this recruiter lie to me? and why can’t I get hired by this company?

Ask a Manager

He then said they were extending an offer that day to a contractor who has been in the information editor job and, he said, it would have been difficult for me to go against this experienced candidate. I am also tired of contract/temp work not leading to permanent jobs for me. If your sleepiness meant that you weren’t on the ball during your temp job there, they might have serious reservations about giving you another shot.

2018 29

sending work emails late at night, coworker read my notebook, and more

Ask a Manager

Ideally your employer would have stepped in and provided extra staffing, either via temps or pulling people in from other teams (not always feasible, depending on the nature of the work, but worth considering). It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2020 38

how can I stop panicking every day that I might get fired?

Ask a Manager

Now I’m in a different job in a different field in a company that employs a lot of perma-contractors. I started in a pool of temps and after a few “callbacks,” I guess you’d say, am now a permatemp. So do the things you’d be grateful to have done if that does happen: keep an up-to-date resume, actively cultivate your network, and get some job leads in place — all of which is smart to do anyway when you’re a temp on a project that isn’t long-term.

2018 21

I got chastised for taking initiative, coworker secretly plans to quit after maternity leave, and more

Ask a Manager

We have a temp coming in to transition her work during her leave from June to October. I know the temp coming in (former employee who saw grass isn’t always greener) and strongly assume that she will want the full-time gig if presented to her after the current employee’s departure. It would be legally shaky if they’d actually been paying you for that side work as a contractor — meaning that weren’t taking out payroll taxes for that part of your pay.

giving thanks for a holiday bonus when you hate your job

Ask A Manager

The other five workers are contractors. Before I got this job, I was a (begrudging) temp for over five years, and this is my first job that I’ve ever received a bonus of any kind, let alone a holiday bonus. This letter isn’t really about a bonus at all. A reader writes: Should I send a thank-you note to my supervisors (who are also the owners of the company) for the Christmas bonus I received, even though they know I’m unhappy with the job and with them?

2012 58

I get embarrassingly emotional when criticized, boss is yelling at me for using my phone, and more

Ask a Manager

I am a contractor at a government agency. You should also loop in HR, if HR there deals with contractors. Depending on what type of contractor you are, the Americans with Disabilities Act might not be in play here. (If If you’re a 1099 independent contractor, it doesn’t cover you. If you’re a W2 contractor — employed by a contracting company, just not be the agency you’re working in, which I suspect is the case — you’re covered.)

2015 30

wee answer Wednesday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

I told them I’d feel more comfortable terminating my employment and becoming a contractor, creating objectives and being paid a lump sum for finishing the project. I would love to see this project through — but how do I get my old employer to see that letting me become a contractor is the way to go? But if you still want to do it, then just lay out the terms that you’re willing to do it on: You’ll do it as a contractor, working from home.

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