How Do I Fight Hourly and Salary Wage Issues as an Independent Contractor?
One of the biggest things that we’ve seen over the last decade is employers attempting to classify its actual employees as independent contractors. Employers do this for a number of reasons. Bottom line, it’s cheaper. They don’t have to pay workers’ compensation, they don’t have to pay taxes on them, they don’t have to worry about being sued for lawsuits. That only apply to employees. But the reality is that most independent contractors working for employers are actually employees. The classic independent contractor is a plumber. He’s someone that you hire, he comes to the house, he brings his own tools, you tell him what the problem is, he diagnoses it, he fixes it the best way he can and he leaves. That’s truly an independent contractor. But if someone comes to an office and they’re paid for the work that they do and the employer controls certain aspects of what they’re doing, that’s really all the hallmarks of employment, not an independent contractor.