Concerns over the spread of COVID caused many employers to transition to remote work. Although many workplaces are returning to a sense of normalcy, some employers are choosing to continue remote work. Companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Spotify have officially decided to extend work-from-home opportunities past the pandemic. Many small businesses are following suit. If you are an employer with remote workers, it is essential that you understand the possible legal implications of remote work. Issues like worker classification and overtime pay may be especially complicated when workers are working remotely.
Misclassifying Employees as Independent Contractors
Traditionally, most work-from-home positions were independent contractor positions. Now, more and more employees are working from home. In many businesses, employers’ needs are met by a combination of independent contractors and employees. If you choose to utilize independent contractors in your business, you must ensure that these workers meet the criteria necessary for contractor classification. Contractors must:
Work outside of your direct control...