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Employment Law for Independent Contractors

Independent contractors are on the rise in the United States. With growing healthcare costs and a lagging economy, companies are doing more and more of their hiring on a contract basis. Independent contractors are in business for themselves. They are self employed, meaning they do not work directly for companies and have not been hired as actual employees. There are advantages and disadvantages to being an independent contractor. The advantages include the ability to decide your own hours, to choose when and for whom you want to work, and to negotiate your own terms and rate of pay. Drawbacks include the requirement of paying your own taxes as well as purchasing your own health insurance. The employment laws that pertain to independent contractors are not as comprehensive as those that pertain to the employer-employee relationship, in part because of the very nature of being an independent contractor. People who work for themselves often do so because they choose to work on their own terms.