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Early Stage 7, Part I: Just what is an employee?

Editor's note: This is the seventh in a series of articles on developing start-up companies in the technology or biotechnology sectors. The most recent article focused on business taxes.

Madison, Wis. - Your entity is formed and you are ready to begin hiring workers. As discussed in the previous article, you generally must withhold and pay fede......

Full article >>> You may be familiar with the Internal Revenue Services' 20-factor test, which until 2006 was the standard method used to make the determination of employee status. The IRS now has adopted a simplified test using three categories - behavioral control, financial control, and type of relationship - to analyze the degree of control and the degree of independence in the......

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In addition, independent contractors are generally free to seek out other business opportunities, often advertise, maintain a viable business location, and are available for work in the relevant market. Although independent contractors are generally paid a flat fee for the job, this is not necessarily determinative. It is considered common in some professions, such as law, to p......

Full article >>> e classified as an independent contractor for some purposes, but as an employee for other purposes.

Although these tests are similar in some respects, you should not rely on a single test for classifying your workers for all purposes. In all cases, you should review the specific applicable criteria to be sure that the workers you employ are properly classified.

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