A Modest Proposal—Eliminate the Employment Relationship

Topics: Editorial Advisory Board, Heather Bussing, by Heather Bussing
The employer-employee relationship is one of the most legislated, regulated, taxed and litigated relationships we have. The finances of our state and federal governments are tied largely to payroll taxes that include income tax, social security, Medicare, disability, unemployment and local taxes. Our financial markets are also largely dependent on retirement and insurance investments tied to the employment relationship. However, independent contractors are exempt from most of payroll taxation and regulation. Businesses that hire independent contractors don’t have to withhold taxes, pay benefits or contribute to the 401K accounts. Other laws, including wage and hour, workers’ compensation and EEOC requirement often do not apply to the hirer/independent contractor relationship. So there is a huge financial distinction between the employer-employee relationship and the hirer-contractor relationship

The Weekly HRExaminer v1.20

Read the The Weekly HRExaminer v1.20 Now Revisiting Why They Hate HR Five years ago I wrote an article about why people hate HR that was prompted by an article in Fast Company and I’m worried that too much about our current world sounds the same. Let’s compare lists and you be the judge. Read […]
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Policies: Why Less is More.

Topics: Editorial Advisory Board, Heather Bussing, HRExaminer, by Heather Bussing
  Please welcome Heather Bussing as the newest member of the HRExaminer Editorial Advisory Board. Heather has practiced employment and business law for over 20 years.She has represented employers, unions and employees in every aspect of employment and labor law including contract negotiations, discrimination and wage hour issues. While the courtroom is a place she’s very familiar […]