Independent Contractors vs. Employees: There's a Difference

This small-business owner risks his livelihood by misclassifying employees to save a few bucks and avoid ‘messy paperwork.’ This won’t end well.

An older construction worker mentors a younger worker on a construction site.
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It is important to be productive and earn money in our society; any successful person knows that and, in addition, should understand their obligation to obey the law. This is the story of a gifted young man in too much of a hurry “to make it” and not interested in following sound advice when it comes to independent contractors vs. employees.

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H. Dennis Beaver, Esq.
Attorney at Law, Author of "You and the Law"

After attending Loyola University School of Law, H. Dennis Beaver joined California's Kern County District Attorney's Office, where he established a Consumer Fraud section. He is in the general practice of law and writes a syndicated newspaper column, "You and the Law." Through his column he offers readers in need of down-to-earth advice his help free of charge. "I know it sounds corny, but I just love to be able to use my education and experience to help, simply to help. When a reader contacts me, it is a gift."