independent contractor


: a person hired to do work who controls how the work is done
They hired an independent contractor to fix the roof.

Examples of independent contractor in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, the U.S. Department of Labor’s most recent independent contractor rule lists six factors that can determine whether someone is a contractor or an employee. Pavel Shynkarenko, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 Worker skill and initiative: An independent contractor may use specialized skills to exercise business-like initiative. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Jan. 2024 Carefully assess your workforce's flexibility—whether that means implementing a global recruitment strategy or reconsidering whether a role can be filled by an independent contractor rather than a full-time employee. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 In Montgomery County in southwestern Ohio, Bobbie Brooke Arnold, an independent contractor running as a Democrat for the state House, also faced a challenge following Ms. Joy’s disqualification. Emily Schmall, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2024 The Department of Industrial Relations provides answers to frequently asked questions about classifying a worker as an independent contractor. Dan Eaton, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Jan. 2024 The state Supreme Court decision placed stricter guidelines on who can work as an independent contractor. Brianna Taylor, Sacramento Bee, 30 Jan. 2024 Industry groups have fiercely opposed her, especially her position about who qualifies as an independent contractor. Lauren Kaori Gurley, Washington Post, 9 Jan. 2024 Andrea Cardenas has represented herself in public documents as both an employee of Grassroots Resources and as an independent contractor for the firm. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Nov. 2023

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“Independent contractor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

independent contractor

: one that contracts to do work or perform a service for another and that retains total and free control over the means or methods used in doing the work or performing the service compare employee
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