Employees and Independent Contractors

Hiring Workers

Your business is growing fast and you have more work than you can handle. It’s a good problem to have, but you need some help. When is the right time to hire help and how should you do it? For many business owners in the U.S., there are two main options: Subcontract / work with…

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Classifying Workers

In the U.S., both state and federal governments regulate employment and independent contractor relationships. Independent contractors and employees are treated differently under the law, and this can have a big impact on your business, as it often costs more and takes more time and resources to manage employees than it does to manage independent contractors.…

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Contracting for Work

Whether engaging an independent contractor or hiring an employee, it is important to have a contract between the parties that includes the key details of the working relationship.  Assuming there are no specific requirements for their contracts, in the U.S., an independent contractor agreement (sometimes called a “Consulting Agreement,” a “Services Agreement” or another title…

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Complying with Employment Laws

Employers are required to comply with all applicable employment laws and regulations. This includes verifying eligibility of employment, paying at least minimum wage, withholding taxes and filing taxes with the appropriate state and federal agencies, providing health benefits when employing a number of employees over a certain threshold, developing workplace policies, and complying with wage…

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