Myths about Who is an Employee and Who is Not

  1. An employee is anyone who is paid to work.
  2. As long as a person chooses how he or she will perform his or her job, he/she is an independent contractor and not an employee.
  3. The one who hires the worker is liable for anthing that the employee does in the course of his of her employment.
  4. Is someoone is an employee under one statute, that person is considered an employee under all employment-related statutes.
  5. If someone is considered an employer for purposes of one statute, he or she is considered an employer for all statutes.
  6. It is better to hire someone as an independent contractor, rather than as an employee.
  7. If a mistake is made in categorizing one’s workers, it’s no big deal.


Myths about the Regulation of Employment

  1. You have the right to your job.
  2. Once you’re hired, your employer may not fire you unless if there’s a good reason.
  3. As an employer, you may not terminate someone unless that worker does something “bad.”
  4. You have someone working for you whom you really do not get along with; you may not fire that person for that reason alone.
  5. As an employer, you may have a rule that, if any employee reports the wrongdoings of the firm to the government, she or he will be terminated.