New Rules for Independent Contractors

independent contractors rules


The United States Department of Labor just issued new rules, and they became final. This interpretation is for the Fair Labor Standard Act’s classification, not the Internal Revenue or for unemployment purposes. It should be easier under the new regulation to classify workers as independent contractors and not have to classify them as employees. This allows many employers to save money on benefits such as paid leave, overtime pay, and other benefits.

The new regulation uses the “economic reality test.” There are five factors to review.

  1. The nature and degree of control over the work.
  2. The worker’s opportunity for profit or loss.
  3. The amount of skill required for the work.
  4. The permanence of the relationship.
  5. If the service being provided is an integral part of the business.

The greatest weight is still given to control. Who has control over the project?

The rule was published in the Federal Register on January 7, 2021, and will take effect 60 days after the publication. There is also the possibility of an amendment or change with the new administration. Practices should be aware of these changes and plan for future employees and contractors accordingly.

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