White Paper published by The HR Specialist, copyright 2007
Companies everywhere are scrutinizing their payrolls and full-time employee head counts with an eye toward cost-saving measures.
Clearly, you need full-time employees to perform duties essential to your company's bottom line on a daily basis. But you may need more help to handle some tasks in peak business periods, for work requiring special expertise not needed on a full-time basis or for special projects outside your core business. For these kinds of situations it makes perfect sense to use independent contractors.
Just be aware that you'll need a concrete policy for managers to steer clear of the IRS and legal headaches in hiring outside workers.
What's at Issue
Not all tasks are right for independent contractors, and the contractual and regulatory burdens of the relationship can be very complex. On the positive side, though, the bene...(register to read more)