If It Walks, Talks and Looks Like an Employee...


Identifying workers as independent contractors is a precarious undertaking. Many

employers believe that labeling a worker an "independent contractor" will end the

classification inquiry. The inquiry, however, will reach beyond definitions included in a

contract. Whether a worker is properly classified as an independent contractor is based on

multiple factors. And the standards for determining whether a worker is properly classified

as an employee or independent contractor vary between federal and state law. Employers

in California and now, out-of-state firms with workers in California, should pay heed to the

increasing enforcement of this significant legal distinction.

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