Independent contractors (ICs) are not "employees" under employment laws, because they are self-employed.
However, it's not unusual for employers to naively or intentionally attempt to control ICs as though they are employees, which violates relevant employment laws or related "independent contractor vs employee" rules or regulations.
In other words, under relevant employment laws, employers may not hire workers as independent contractors on paper, but then attempt to control them as employees.
Subsequently, EmployeeIssues.com has included the IC topics listed below.
Independent Contractor Topics
Independent Contractor vs Employee
Learn more about independent contractor vs employee legal issues, in addition to the mention above.
Topics Related to Independent Contractor
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Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA)
Independent contractors are typically not eligible for standard or extended state unemployment benefits, because they are self-employed. However, they might be eligible for DUA if they've lost self-employment income due to a natural disaster.
Independent Contractor Agreement
Why working under an independent contractor agreement is a good idea, to protect IC rights. Provides information and resources for creating or acquiring one.
Learn about the special program in a few states, that provides self-employment help to eligible unemployed workers who wish to start new businesses or strike out on their own as independent contractors.
Social Security Disability Benefits
About the disability and related benefits provided by the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA), for which independent contractors might be eligible through self-employment tax payments.