When it comes to classifying workers as independent contractors, there are many laws, tests, and guidelines that businesses are obligated to abide by. And, as the independent workforce grows, these laws are changing and evolving. That makes it challenging to understand what is required and applicable from both a local and national standpoint. As you make decisions about how to approach worker classification, it is important to keep this in mind.
The difference between independent contractors and employees
Independent contractors are viewed as a separate worker classification in the eyes of the IRS—they cannot be treated or engaged like traditional, W-2 employees. In general, independent contractors are engaged to complete a specific project with a start and end date, and are able to choose when, where, and how they complete that work.