How do I handle the employment of independent contractors?

UPDATED: Jun 14, 2014

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How do I handle the employment of independent contractors?

I am a small business owner who was just asked to handle a wi-fi networking installation project. I have 3 associates that I need to engage with in order to complete this project. The associates are not my employees. I would like to setup a contract where I enlist and pay for there services. In addition I would like to use them in the future. Do I need 3 separate contracts for ea associate and 1 contract for the owner of the building who is asking me to install the wi-fi or do I use one entire contract to cover all parties? In addition, how do I write the contract and what do I need to include so that all parties are covered?

Asked on June 14, 2014 under Employment Labor Law, New York


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You want separate contracts. You are the one being hired to do the installation by the customer: you therefore contract with them for the job. You then have a separate contract weith each independent contractor whereby they agree to provide certain services for you. You want to include terms regarding what they are paid; when (deadlines or benchmarks) the work must be done; that you have the right to approve the work; that they acknowledge that they are independent contractors and not employees; that they will provide their own insurance (and provide proof of coverage, such as liability coverage, to you on demand); and that they cannot solicit this customer directly for work.

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