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Independent Contractor

 

What are the differences between an Independent Contractor and an Employee?

If you are looking to do some moonlighting on a schedule that fits your needs then working as an independent contractor may be the best option for you. This is best suited for the provider that either has a regular job or only wants to pick up additional shifts only when their schedule can accommodate it.

If you are looking for a more regulated schedule or are in need of benefits, then the employee option would best fit your needs.

Some links that discuss these issues are:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independent_contractor

Some definitions:

Employee

A person who is hired for a wage, salary, fee or payment to perform work for an employer. In agency law the employee is called an agent and the employer is called the principal. This is important to determine if one is acting as employee when injured (for worker’s compensation) or when he/she causes damage to another, thereby making the employer liable for damages to the injured party.

Independent Contractor

A person or business which performs services for another person or entity under a contract between them, with the terms spelled out such as duties, pay, the amount and type of work and other matters. An independent contractor is distinguished from an employee, who works regularly for an employer. The exact nature of the independent contractor’s relationship with the party hiring him/her/it has become vital since an independent contractor pays his/her/its own Social Security, income taxes without payroll deduction, has no retirement or health plan rights, and often is not entitled to worker’s compensation coverage. Public agencies, particularly the Internal Revenue Service, look hard at independent contractor agreements when it appears the contractor is much like an employee. An independent contractor must be able to determine when and where work is performed, be able to work for others, provide own equipment and other factors which are indicative of true independence.

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