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Employment Law Myths

Dec 12, 2023

Employment Law Myth: My small company cannot afford a full time employee, so I can just hire independent contractors.

Fact: Companies and individuals cannot choose a label of “employee” or “independent contractor” based on preference. The classification of the worker is a legal determination, and is based on several factors, most of which revolve around the amount of control.

Do you tell the worker how to perform the service and how to work with your clients?

Does the worker use the company equipment and abide by the company policies?

If the answer to the above is yes, you most likely have an employee and not an independent contractor.

Why Does It Matter?

Misclassification is a huge problem for businesses. Employment laws apply to employees, so if you “think” you have an independent contract (because your independent contractor agreement says so) but the law determines you treat the person as an employee, then there are employment laws that must be followed, that you may be likely violating.

If you are an executive, owner or CEO of a company in Florida with employees or independent contractors, make sure you and your management team knows and understands the employment laws.

Make sure your workers are properly classified, so you can pay them properly, have the proper documentation, reduce risks of lawsuits and operate the business in a legal manner.

We offer HR and employment law consulting to Florida businesses so they can have the peace of mind to know they are operating both effectively and legally.


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