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State Offers Help on Contract Work Classifications

Press Enterprise (California) (04/03/12) Jack Katzanek

A new worksheet issued
by the California Employee Development Department aims to assist
employers in categorizing employees as contract or full-time
workers. The worksheet is a response to a move by many companies
to reduce the number of permanent workers because of the
recession, creating a “project-specific workplace” in
which temporary employees are taken on for several months to
complete a project. However, many employers do not meet the
definition of independent contractor, and they must understand
the paperwork requirements for compensating contractors. A
questionnaire in the worksheet focuses on the level of
supervision, and employers should know that contractors actually
become employees when they must do things the company’s