Independent Contractor or Employee – How Do I Handle It?

Posted in : How Do I Handle It ROI on 18 November 2019
Jennifer Cashman
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We have a lot of contractors in our business and I am concerned about the risks of them being considered to be employees. How do I handle it?

Over the years, the Irish Courts and Tribunals have often deliberated over whether an individual is an independent contractor or an employee. As a result, through the vast amount of caselaw in this area, a number of tests have developed which are often relied upon to try and establish the nature of the relationship between the parties. With the dawn of the gig economy and a growing number of employees engaging in work of a more casual and less traditional nature, the issue continues to arise on a regular basis, and not only in Ireland. For example,

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