Are you actually an independent contractor? A rough diagnostic.

From the The Washington Post — “Perhaps the most relevant question in the workplace today — and one that’s becoming harder to answer — is “whom do you work for”? Increasingly, employers would like for the answer to that question to be “yourself”: You take on the responsibilities of being the sole proprietor of your own independent…

Texas business, labor interests team to push for reforms

From the News Tribune –  ” An unlikely alliance between business and labor advocacy groups is pushing business-friendly Texas to adopt state and local reforms in order to bust private companies that cheat on taxes owed to the federal government on public projects. The contracting scheme is used by construction companies that mislabel workers as…

Tax cheats prey on immigrants in construction trade

From The Seattle Times — “A nationwide McClatchy investigation found that in Southern states, where there’s a lack of unions and a supply of eager immigrants like Barreda, as many as a third of construction workers have been wrongly classified as independent contractors instead of employees.The problem persists across the nation, and each year the practice costs…

Our View: Misclassifying employees cheats everyone

From fayobserver.com: Editorial — “If your employer announced that your hourly job was being converted to independent-contractor status so the company could avoid paying taxes, you’d feel cheated. If you ran a business on the up-and-up and learned your competitor across town was using independent contractors to fill jobs that the law says are supposed to…

Freelancers increasing in numbers

From delmarvanow— Rhonda Adams writes:  “Years ago when I started my own small business, I’d bristle when someone said, “So you’re a freelancer?” At the time, the idea of being a freelancer — someone without a full-time, paying position — seemed a pretty negative way to be described. That certainly has changed. Now, a third…