Two Colorado Supreme Court Decisions Address Independent Contractor Relationships

Companies using independent contractors should review their practices in light of two recent decisions from the Colorado Supreme Court: I.C.A.O. v. Softrock Geological Services, Inc. and Western Logistics, Inc. v. I.C.A.O. Both decisions were issued on May 12, 2014. The decisions clarify the rules under which independent contractor status is analyzed in Colorado and make it slightly easier to be an independent contractor.

At the federal level, the IRS has long employed a test that involves asking at least 20 questions. The IRS calls these the “20 common law factors.”

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