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Employee or Independent Contractor? Making the right distinction to avoid costly mistakes

In case you missed it, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP attorney Kate Erdel authored an article for the Indiana Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors Association Newsletter last week discussing important questions employers should consider when differentiating an independent contractor from an employee. The article lays out the questions to ask when classifying employees, known as the common law test. A preview of the article is below.  To find out more information on what you should ask, visit the Indiana PHCC Association website for the full article.

Excerpt from “Employee or Independent Contractor? Making the right distinction to avoid costly mistakes” I often receive calls from business owners that go something like this: "I have this guy. He's an independent contractor."  Upon hearing those words, the skeptical lawyer voice in my head screams: "STOP!!!!" at the top of its lungs and then starts asking a million questions. 

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