The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and work. Employers and employees alike have adapted to different work situations and environments, including more flexible remote options. Statistics show that independent contractors made up 6.9% of the total number of workers employed in 2017. As a business owner, you may have full-time, salaried employees or part-time, contract employees, or a combination of both. Independent or freelance workers can provide several benefits, such as special knowledge or skills, staffing flexibility, and overall cost savings. However, it is important to note the legal requirements and differences between independent contractors versus salaried employees.
Thinking Outside the Box
Although independent contractors typically charge an hourly rate, this can be cost-effective in the long run. If they are experts in their field, this saves time on training and onboarding. In addition, they only need to be employed for a designated amount of time, or as long as a project takes to be completed. Many employers are able to verify a contractor’s reputation by speaking to other companies that used their services, or by reviewing samples of their work.
Since freelance or independent contractors are used on a temporary basis, employers may have concerns about potential conflicts of interest or the sharing of information with competitors or future clients. It is possible to include a clause in a contract outlining the rules regarding ownership of intellectual property or confidential information such as business ideas, financial data, and trade secrets....