What is an independent contractor and can PTAs use them?
An independent contractor generally includes any person or entity retained for a limited duration (generally not to exceed one year) to provide professional or specialized services that may not be readily available otherwise. Such persons are often paid either on an hourly or project basis as opposed to weekly or monthly. Also, their work is not subject to the control of the person or entity that hires them. Because they are not employees, independent contractors are not entitled to benefits provided to employees under federal and state employment laws. PTAs may use an independent contractor, but should use these guidelines when hiring their services: