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May 11, 2010
When Independent Contractors Should or Should Not Be Used

In a BLR webinar entitled ‘Employee versus Independent Contractor: Where’s the Line? How to Make the Proper Call and Stay Out of Court’, Maria Anastas discusses why independent contractors are used in organizations and situations when it makes sense or does not make sense to use independent contractors. She states that independent contractors should be used for the following reasons:

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  • Cost savings
  • Ease of hiring
  • Flexibility
  • Less paperwork
  • Fewer legal entanglements
  • No-risk tryout

Independent contractors make sense when an organization needs to do any of the following:

  • to fulfill temporary or intermittent needs
  • to fill in for absent workers
  • to gain access to special skills, knowledge, or experience

Independent contractors do not make sense when an organization experiences any of the following conditions:

  • there are morale problems
  • too much extra training is required
  • it is not cost-effective

Maria Anastas is a partner in the San Francisco office of law firm Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, PC ( ). She represents employers in labor and employment law matters exclusively, with a primary emphasis on traditional labor matters. She can be reached at

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