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Stuck navigating the maze of independent contractor (IC) regulations? You’re not alone.

Navigating regulations, verifying eligibility, and ensuring accurate payments can be a time-consuming and stressful process. There’s also a risk of costly fines and audits.

Here’s how we ensure your workers thrive within the bounds of regulation, no matter where they are:

    • Initial Assessment: We identify any potential IC compliance risks and tailor a plan to mitigate them.
    • Seamless Screening: Our rigorous screening verifies the eligibility of every IC.
    • Simplified Timekeeping & Billing: Streamline processes and ensure timely & accurate payments.
    • Ongoing Compliance Management: We stay updated on changing regulations and update your strategy, keeping you ahead of the curve.

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Talent Sourcing

Screening & Background Check

Payroll & Invoicing

Onboarding

Global Tax Compliance

IC Classification & Compliance

Time tracking

Ongoing support

Frequently asked questions

What is Independent Contractor Compliance?

Independent Contractor Compliance is about following the legal and tax regulations that govern the classification of workers as independent contractors (ICs) rather than employees. It ensures the fair treatment of workers, protects businesses from financial risks, and avoids legal trouble. The key distinction lies in who withholds and pays taxes. In North America, businesses withhold income taxes and pay Social Security and Medicare for employees, but for independent contractors, the responsibility falls on the individual.

How do I know if someone is an independent contractor or an employee?

This is a top concern, as misclassification can lead to hefty fines and penalties. Understanding the key factors that differentiate the two, like control over work schedule and tools provided, is crucial (see ‘What are the different tests used to
classify workers?’ below).

What are the potential risks for misclassification?

Misclassifying an employee as an independent contractor (IC) can be a costly mistake. You’ll owe unpaid Social Security, Medicare, and income taxes, plus penalties and interest, for the whole time they worked for you. Additional fines from federal and state governments, unemployment insurance liabilities, and potential lawsuits from misclassified workers (who may sue for unpaid wages, overtime, benefits, and other protections they would have had as employees) add to the financial burden.

Working through an Employer of Record (EOR) or in partnership with a Compliance Outsourcing Provider (COP) can help reduce risks. Additionally, Statement of Work (SOW) contracts provide further protection by outlining project deliverables, IC status and payment terms.

How are workers classified in North America?

The IRS uses the Common Law Test to help determine if someone should be classified as an employee (controlled by the business) or an independent contractor (more independent). Here’s the key:

Independent Contractor: If the business has minimal control over a worker’s actions, finances, and the relationship is temporary, they are likely classified as an independent contractor.

Employee: if the business exerts significant control and the relationship is ongoing, the worker is more likely to be considered an employee.

The IRS looks at 3 things to decide if someone’s an employee or contractor:

Behavioral Control: Who calls the shots on work hours, how it’s done, and what tools are used?

Financial Control: Does the worker have their own expenses, set their rates, or get a salary and reimbursements?

Type of Relationship: Is it a long-term relationship? Can they take on work for other clients simultaneously? Does the company offer benefits (i.e.health insurance, vacation time)?

Not sure? Complex situations might need a pro’s help to classify workers correctly.

How much will it cost?

Our pricing is flexible and depends on the number of countries and employees you need to manage. We offer customized quotes based on your specific needs. Please get in touch, we’ll be happy to help!

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