A Summary: Independent Contractor Myths
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The 13 Independent Contractor Myths:
- A short IC project poses no misclassification risk
- If an IC has been engaged by other companies, it is safe to engage them as an independent contractor
- A signed independent contractor agreement substantiates the classification
- Consultants with their own corporations are automatically independent contractors
- A consultant with a business license and liability insurance poses no risk to the client company
- Contractors who telework or perform the work off-site are independent contractors
- Documenting an independent contractor’s project is a waste of time
- It is safe to follow established industry practice when classifying certain workers as independent contractors
- If one agency considers the worker an independent contractor, then all others will also
- A company issuing a 1099 tax form to the contractor automatically makes them an independent contractor
- Independent contractors are not entitled to any of the benefits and protections provided to people who meet the definition of an “employee”
- Government agencies hold everyone to be an employee because they want to capture the tax revenue and guarantee worker protections, therefore there is no such thing as a valid independent contractor
- There is one standard test in the U.S. to determine whether someone qualifies as an independent contractor
For basic information about independent contractors, check out a webinar that we hosted: Independent Contractor 101.
This presentation answers:
- What is an independent contractor?
- Why engage an independent contractor?
- What is employee misclassification?
Don’t forget: The DOL announced that the independent contractor classification criteria is changing next month! You can use Navigator IC to generate a risk report of classifying a specific worker as an independent contractor. Interested in learning more about this tool? Sign up for a demo today.
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