Worker Classification: The Thin Line between Employees and Independent Contractors

Uncle Bill, Emu Farmer To discuss the thin line between employees and independent contractors, let's imagine the following scenario—if you will indulge me. Your Uncle Bill operates a successful emu farm in southeastern Maine, so successful in fact that he finds himself unable to do the work on his own. (Uncle Bill no longer has your cousin Leroy to lean on, due to his most recent “run in” with the law involving a charge of driving a riding lawnmower while intoxicated, a frolic and detour which left the mayor’s lawn without his prize-winning tulips and the sheriff’s blind dog “Trooper” with a lingering paranoia of anyone whistling Lynyrd Skynyrd.) Bill placed an advertisement in the Biddeford Courier, seeking a motivated, young “associate,” who is quick on his or her feet, not scared easily by friend or fowl, and who has a reasonably good sense of humor. (Bill included the last…

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