// Heidi McLean // Compliance
Like many employers, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has independent contractors (ICs) on the mind. And for good reason: They’re taking over the world! Or at least the world economy. ICs now make up 34% of the national economy and the trend is increasing internationally, too.
To that end, the US DOL has put out a list of resources for ICs. It covers on-the-job safety, benefits, workers’ rights, taxes, and more. This is especially helpful since best practices are constantly evolving and being defined/redefined.
Check out the site for more information on the following:
Questions about misclassification
As Uber’s tumultuous journey demonstrates, classification is a hot topic for everyone from the government to businesses. With their bottom line to watch out for and fines to protect themselves from, employers are wondering when and how to set up an independent contractor rather than an employee. For its part, the government has tax dollars on the line and workers to protect. And workers? Well they’re watching their pocketbooks, too. With that much at stake, no wonder it’s a hot topic. The DOL covers the topic in depth here.
Whether you’re wondering about safety on the job, health care and retirement benefits, or discrimination, you’ll find the deets here, too.
The bottom line
It’s a complicated subject, but whatever you’re wondering, the DOL is a good place to start. Still have questions? Follow our blog for more information on topics such as evolving labor laws, compliance, worker classification, and more. We’ll keep you up to date and equipped to avoid common pitfalls.
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