Most Independent Contractors are really employees, employers misclassify and that can lead to A costly Labor Lawsuit
An Independent Contractor is defined differently under labor laws and the IRS code. If an employee derives a significant amount of income from one or two sources, they are not an independent contractor, under Federal Labor Laws.
Answers for employers about COVID-19
Can you, is one question, should you, is another question. There are workers this country needs right now, who are heroes, and whole sectors of the economy on hold. As an employer you need to think of what the public relations issues there are, and the potential for litigation costs, whether that litigation is frivolous or not.