Independent Contractor or Employee? The Basics

Sklover Working Wisdom

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? On the other hand, independent contractors have certain advantages that employees do not.

“Vacation and Vacation Pay – 50 Frequently Asked Questions”

Sklover Working Wisdom

LESSON TO LEARN : As it is with every other aspect of the employment relation, it pays to know “the rules” of your workplace related to vacation rights and vacation pay, so that you don’t unknowingly violate them, but instead follow them, and make sure others follow them, as well, to your best advantage. . The same is true for temporary employees, probationary employees and independent contractors. . An employer cannot deny earned wages as a punishment. .

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6 Ways to Advance Gender Equality in the C-Suite


In the case of gender equality in the workplace, many organizational leaders don’t yet appreciate the extent that business structures and attitudes work against women attempting to climb the ladder. One way to chip away at workplace gender inequality is to make employee pay rates an open book. President Obama requiring federal contractors to file employee salary data with the government will encourage companies to move toward transparency.

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

Ms. Career Girl

Make sure that you understand the details of your state’s employment law, including the minimum wage that you need to pay, how to avoid any potential discrimination in the workplace, and how to keep your employees’ schedules legal. 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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Can Uber-Like "Surge Pay" for Call Center Workers at Zappos Work?

The HR Capitalist

Employees were able request their time preferences based on likely wage rates that were estimated based on algorithms tied to forecasted call volume, past bidding on coveted shifts and emergency adjustments.". Surge pricing at the ride-sharing company Uber can result in fares that are 5-6 times as expensive than normal , with most of that enhanced fare going to the contractor/employee. Communications Compensation Workplace

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Amazon Raising All US Workers to a Minimum of $15/hr Is The Simplest Business Decision Ever.

The HR Capitalist

In case you missed it, Amazon announced today that it would establish a $15/hr minimum hourly wage for all 350,000 of its U.S. It did not disclose what its current minimum pay wage is for U.S. You can say that it's the right thing to do, but beyond providing a livable wage for employees, THIS IS THE SMARTEST THING AMAZON COULD HAVE DONE FROM A BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE. If you work for a contractor of Amazon in delivery, it doesn't impact you.


Ms. Career Girl

But in the modern workplace, flexibility is important to many. Is it an hourly wage or salaried structure? 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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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. A livable wage.

EEOC is reconsidering their policy regarding Criminal Background.


Striking the Balance Between Workplace Fairness and Workplace Safety. » 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. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. Be our Friend. Keyword Search HCX for your Favorite Author / Content. Local. Blogs. About HireCentrix.

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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.”. But these Nurses are being denied overtime, the right to file sexual harassment complaints, paid vacation, and at times workplace safety protections. “I got a job working for a hostage negotiator. One day I tried to call in sick, but my boss talked me out of it.”.

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the 18-month coffee debate, and other stories of office coffee wars

Ask a Manager

The flavored vs. regular battle waged on. ” 10. “Ok so there is this guy at my work who is a contractor, he develops this particular bespoke computer system that my organisation uses. workplace practicesA few weeks ago, I asked for your stories about office coffee wars (or tea/milk/etc. wars). Here are 10 of my favorites.

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Employment Class Actions Survive Despite Wal-Mart Ruling


But some employment class-action lawsuits, particularly those involving disputes over overtime and other wage-and-hour claims, are surviving and have even been strengthened by the ruling, as judges have issued opinions arguing the Wal-Mart decision does not apply to a given case. s attempt to decertify a class of up to 1,000 drivers in a wage-and-hour class action, and a federal judge in Ohio upheld class certification in a similar case against nursing home company HCR ManorCare.

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you’re exhausted and burned out because work is terrible

Ask a Manager

But as boomers were cultivating and optimizing their children for work, they were also further disassembling the sort of societal, economic, and workplace protections that could have made that life possible. But you can only work as an “independent contractor” at a job paying minimum wage with no benefits while shouldering a $400-a-month loan payment — even if it’s in a field you’re “passionate” about — for so many years before realizing that something’s deeply wrong.

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Justice Department Sues Nation's Largest Mortgage Insurance.


» Meyer Tool will pay $325,000 to 60 African-American applicants to settle US Labor Department allegations of racial discrimination at Cincinnati plant CINCINNATI — The OFFCP has reached an agreement with federal contractor Meyer Tool Inc. » DOL Recovers back wages from two Technology companies for their Information Technology H-1B workers MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- SVK Systems Inc. » Independent Contractors Are Again Front-And-Center The U.S. Be our Friend.

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

Ask a Manager

I am an HR professional and know the risks associated with slandering someone at another workplace, but do I have any professional responsibility to warn these businesses? What can I do about lost wages due to coronavirus? But, short of sustaining an injury, I can’t find any information online about how to be compensated for lost wages. This assumes, though, that you’re paid as an employee and not an independent contractor. It’s five answers to five questions.

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HR LunchBreak: Affecting the VALUE of Your Workforce


The difference between qualifications and skills, in my mind, is that qualifications encompass workplace related attributes that are necessary to being a strong contributor to a specific organization within a specific role, while skills encompass specific knowledge and abilities that may or may not be related directly to the job description or employer- though I’m open to argument on this definition. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. Be our Friend.

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my company wants to stop me from discussing my salary with coworkers

Ask a Manager

A reader writes: I work at a retail job with mostly hourly positions and low wages. The next morning, she called me and told me “you’re right, it’s illegal for us to do anything about you sharing your pay information, but we still highly discourage it because it can cause hard feelings and workplace drama.” My impression is that pay is pretty crappy all around, and no one feels like we have any power to negotiate our wages.

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Candidates will soon be in Control


» Hell hath no fury like a government agency scorned Misclassifying workers as independent contractors now carries an even steeper price.California now has the nations most punitive laws against worker misclassification. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. Fact Sheet : Employment & Wages Under Federal Law During Natural Disasters & Recovery. Be our Friend.

Want to litigate in private? Opt for arbitration


Workers Not Fully Engaged, Struggling to Cope with Tough Workplace Situations, Towers Watson’s Global Workforce Study Finds Employers face heightened performance risk — from lower productivity to higher inefficiencyNEW YORK, July 11, 2012 — As doubts reemerge about the strength of economic recovery in the U.S., Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. Don’t Blame Discrimination for Gender Wage Gap. But I Signed An Independent Contractor Agreement. Be our Friend.

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When Leaving Your Job, How to Take Your Colleagues With You

Sklover Working Wisdom

Restrictions May Also Extend to “Taking” Vendors, Suppliers, and Contractors With You: Restrictive agreements may also serve to prohibit soliciting or transacting business with vendors, suppliers or independent contractors with whom you have transacted your employer’s business. Our Quality Vs. Power™ (QVP™) Method of Workplace Negotiating emphasizes smart negotiating – and navigating – for yourself at work. Overtime, Commissions, Unpaid Wages O.

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having a boyfriend meet you at work for lunch, dealing with Boss’s Day, and more

Ask a Manager

You could say something like, “I usually don’t do stuff like this and have heard some convincing arguments that gifts shouldn’t flow upward in a workplace, but I wanted to check with you: Have Jane and Fergus ever said anything that indicates to you that they expect this or would be upset if it didn’t happen?”. I am worried, however, that when my boss files taxes, he can see my earnings as an independent contractor. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

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updates: the sick leave pressure, the overload of vacation time, and more

Ask a Manager

I’m also earning the highest wage I’ve ever had! To confirm what many people guessed, I was a part-time independent contractor for this company. As a young manager, it was helpful to have support from you and AAM readers as I navigate these sticky workplace situations. It’s “where are you now?” month at Ask a Manager, and all December I’m running updates from people who had their letters here answered in the past. Here are five updates from past letter-writers.

2018 29

Announcing: Brazen Careerist Top 50 Places to Work | Penelope.

Penelope Trunk

The list is based on what we at Brazen Careerist know about Gen Y and the new workplace, and what PayScale knows about slicing and dicing workplace data. So for Gen Y, going to a company that pays fair wages is like going to a company that hires people who aren’t white. We do assume any decent company pays fair wages, but we give a slight reward to companies that pay extra high wages to young workers. Self-reported flexible workplaces are BS.

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how to help an employee in crisis, I vouched for my friend and he’s terrible, and more

Ask a Manager

And really, what he’s doing to you is not the behavior of a good friend — if he chooses to be this kind of employee, that’s his business but he should have kept it out of your workplace and out of your friendship. I recently took a contractor position with a local dog-walking company to earn a little money and to let me stretch my legs outside on afternoons when I’m otherwise stuck inside studying. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go….

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short answer Saturday: seven short answers to seven short questions

Ask A Manager

Instead, they view me as a “contractor&# –so long as I get the job done by the deadline and do good work, they don’t care about much else. I know that they often have a hard time getting updates from their contractors (who are often flighty, irresponsible, out-of-contact for days on end, and/or late with their projects), while I am reliable and quick to respond. I guess, at the end, these companies have pretty low expectations of their contractors.

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terse answer Tuesday

Ask A Manager

Contractor-to-permanent jobs on a resume I’m about to convert from a contract position to a permanent position for a job I really love. I was wondering, with respect to LinkedIn and my resume, do I need to create a separate entry to cover my time as a contractor vs. permanent employee or can I just lump it all in under my new status and drop the mention of the staffing agency? Most employers won’t include the time you worked as a contractor in your dates of employment.

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short answer Saturday: another job search edition — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

And if it’s not, they can reclassify you as an employee and require the employer to pay back wages for all the work you did. As long as unemployment is high, propositions like this will just lead to a wage race to the bottom… a a situation in which employees can certainly never win. Reply Cancel reply Leave a Comment { 1 trackback } "Ask a Manager" Career Advice for Contractors | Previous post: what should a resignation letter say?

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3 things I learned by quitting my job in a recession

Ask A Manager

A trust fund tax is money withheld from an employee’s wages (income tax, social security, and Medicare taxes) by an employer and held in trust until paid to the Treasury. Reply Ask a Manager April 5, 2011 at 11:33 am My understanding is that Keogh plans can’t be used if you’re just working as an independent contractor.

short answer Sunday: 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

I am currently working for a single company and paid as a contractor, not an employee. The details of your pay arrangement (the fact that you’re a contractor rather than an employee) aren’t particularly relevant for your resume. Why performance reviews deserve a better rap former boss is waging campaign of harassment against me accepted a job; do I need to notify other places I applied?

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Martin Luther King Day Special: Racism is alive and kicking.

Penelope Trunk

Is this your first time here? About this blog | About my company, Brazen Careerist | Penelopes guide to starting a blog Martin Luther King Day Special: Racism is alive and kicking. Hello, McDonald's) Posted to: Diversity | Leadership January 18th, 2010 Digg Reddit StumbleUpon Tweet This Facebook The All-Star Rodeo Challenge came to Madison, WI last weekend, and the farmer took me and my kids.

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