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"Making the Market for Independent Contractors Safe, Reliable and More Efficient for All Parties"


  • Non-agency contractors comprise 25.5 % of the U.S. workforce - Staffing Industry AnalystsIndependent Contractor 85% of business executives intend to expand their use of freelancers in 2017 - Accenture Independent Contractor 20 % of professional freelancers make more than $100,000/year - MBO Partners Independent Contractor 11% of working adults in the U.S. work primarily as independent contractors - Nation1099.com Independent Contractor Non-agency contractors comprise 25.5 % of the U.S. workforce - Staffing Industry Analysts Independent Contractor 85% of business executives intend to expand their use of freelancers in 2017 - Accenture Independent Contractor 20 % of professional freelancers make more than $100,000/year - MBO Partners Independent Contractor 11% of working adults in the U.S. work primarily as independent contractors - Nation1099.com Independent Contractor Non-agency contractors comprise 25.5 % of the U.S. workforce - Staffing Industry Analysts Independent Contractor 85% of business executives intend to expand their use of freelancers in 2017 - Accenture Independent Contractor 20 % of professional freelancers make more than $100,000/year - MBO Partners Independent Contractor 11% of working adults in the U.S. work primarily as independent contractors - Nation1099.com Independent Contractor Non-agency contractors comprise 25.5 % of the U.S. workforce - Staffing Industry Analysts Independent Contractor 85% of business executives intend to expand their use of freelancers in 2017 - Accenture Independent Contractor 20 % of professional freelancers make more than $100,000/year - MBO Partners Independent Contractor 11% of working adults in the U.S. work primarily as independent contractors - Nation1099.com Independent Contractor

Do You Know How To Identify an Independent Contractor?

What really matters is how the IRS, the Department of Labor (DOL) and all the other state and federal jurisdictions identify independent contractors. Compare your current thinking to this 2017 Department of Labor Misclassification Fact Sheet and the IRS's 3 category tests.

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Look for the IC Precheck seal on resumes and digital profiles and you will receive the IC’s Due Diligence & Compliance Package on Day 1, saving you up to 80% of the normal time it takes to screen and on board independent workers. IC Precheck contractors have been certified to meet the criteria for Independent Contractor classification and they are committed to regular IC compliance and best practices training to protect all parties.

Top 4 Benefits of Using IC Precheck Contractors

  1. 1. Savings

    Certified ICs cost up to 20% less to engage than comparable W2 contractors and 30-50% less than staffing or consulting agency contractors. Additionally, save operational costs with our IC Due Diligence Package, Background Checks and IP Assignment forms and start your projects faster.

  2. 2. Eliminate Risk

    The IC Precheck certified contractor meets Federal, State and other regulatory criteria for the service provider components of IC classification. Additionally, IC misclassification indemnification is available.

  3. 3. Easy To Engage

    Independent contractors with the IC Precheck certification are easy to engage and can start your project up to 80% faster than other contingent resources. The IC Due Diligence Package contains everything you need to safely and quickly onboard the IC Precheck professional.

  4. 4. IC Due Diligence Package

    Included with all IC Precheck certifications is the following due diligence documentation relative to the IC:

    • Certificate of Insurance
    • Background Check
    • Certificate of good standing from Secretary of State office
    • Plus additional due diligence and classification documentation

    Our IC Due Diligence Package is designed to fully support client-based IC compliance screenings at no cost to the client or to the IC compliance vendor.

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What Creates The Need For IC Precheck?

Department of Labor

The Department of Labor describes today’s workplace as “fissured,” with a stated “goal of detecting instances of [IC] misclassification.”

FY2016 Congressional Budget Justification, Wage & Hour Division (WHD), Department of Labor

Risks/Penalties of Misclassification

  • Unpaid federal, state and local income tax withholdings
  • Unpaid Social Security and Medicare contributions
  • Unpaid workers compensation and unemployment insurance premiums
  • Unpaid overtime compensation (including liquidated damages pursuant to a statutory double penalty provision)
  • Debarment from state contracts
  • Unpaid work-related expenses
  • Brand tarnishment/negative press
  • Liability for failure to provide coverage under employee benefits plans
  • Class action targets
  • Attorney's fees and costs, including compulsory payment of plaintiff's attorneys fees and costs

Recent Misclassification Case Law

Another On-Demand Company Settles

On-demand shopping delivery service Instacart entered into a proposed settlement of its IC misclassification class action with its “shoppers” for $4.65 million… Read More - Lawyers and Settlements.com

The BIG One

This is the big Uber case, potentially a billion dollars at stake. This one will eventually determine whether Uber drivers are properly classified as ICs... Read More - Who Is My Employee, Baker Law

Agents Get Their Share

After four-year long battle over the agent misclassification issue, a federal judge has agreed with a jury that American Family insurance agents actually are company employees, not independent contractors… Read More - NASDAQ Globe Newswire

Decade Old Cases Winding Down

FedEx announced that it had reached a $240 million settlement in its class action suit across 20 states for misclassifying workers as independent contractors upon court approval... Read More - Pepper Hamilton

Recent Legislative Activity

Less Guidance - Relaxing Standards on IC

U.S. Department of Labor has withdrawn guidance issued during the Obama Administration related to independent contractors and joint employment. Read More - Brunini Law

Can CT ICs work with ONLY one company?

Connecticut Supreme Court decision clarified the “C” prong of the state’s “ABC” test for independent contractor status under that state’s unemployment insurance law. Read More - Connecticut Law Blog

New NC Employee Fair Classification Act

North Carolina Governor signed legislation that will help workers when employers intentionally misclassify them as independent contractors to avoid paying taxes and other benefits. Read More - NC Capitol Connection

Too Good to be True - Gig-Economy Companies are Exposed Again

The U.S. Senate tax reform bill no longer includes the protection that had initially been proposed that would have prevented misclassification challenges against most gig economy companies. Read More