Category Archives: Employment Law

Miscategorizing Employees as Independent Contractors Carries Serious Consequences

Miscategorizing Employees as Independent Contractors Carries Serious Consequences by Aaron Pierce

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It is vital that all employers understand how seriously both the IRS and state agencies take the issue of miscategorizing employees as independent contractors. Any appearance of impropriety is assumed to be the case. It’s understandable when you consider how much money a business can save by classifying an employee as a contractor: employer contributions to Social Security, Medicare, unemployment insurance, and worker’s compensation are non-existent in an independent contractor relationship.

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New York Employment Policies & Employee Handbooks

New York Employment Policies & Employee Handbooks by Aaron Pierce

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Every employer with any number of employees should have written employee policies, delineated in a readily-available employee handbook.

Written policies serve to clarify expectations and reduce the company’s exposure. In many cases, policies must comply with statutory requirements from the state and federal government. I recommend that handbooks be signed by employees upon hiring, to demonstrate that the employee has read, acknowledges, and understands the policies of the company.

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