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Do Workplace Laws Cover Actions of Independent Contractors?

  Question: Do workplace laws cover independent contractors? Answer: Workplace law deals with the regulation of the relationship between employers and employees. Independent contractors are not considered to be employees. Generally, if an employer controls, directs and supervises the individual in the performance of his or her work, that individual is an employee. But, if the employer merely specifies the result to be achieved, and the individual uses personal judgment in the means used to achieve that result, then the individual is an independent contractor. This means that under U.S. law, an employer cannot classify you as an independent contractor, then dictate when, where and how you work. Thanks to the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) for this information.