What is the difference between an independent contractor and an employee?

The difference between the independent contractor and an employee, generally, is the amount of control that is exercised by the employer. The more control the employer exercises over that individual, the more likely they’re to be an employee. There’s no black and white test, but when you think of independent contractors; you can think of somebody like, your landscaper or a plumber, somebody that comes to your house at not necessarily predetermined times, with their own tools and they, kind of, direct their own work. An employee is somebody who the employer directs in almost all aspects of their job, their hours, and things of that nature. So control is the key element, and we look at a variety of factors in determining that.

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