MPL General Counsel Corner – Employees, employees, wherefore art thou employees?

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February 07, 2022

When I owned a business, not in the legal industry, one of the biggest challenges I faced was finding and keeping qualified employees.  Today, as many of you know, that challenge still exists and if anything has only amplified.  On the low end of the pay scale, you can lose an employee or candidate to as little as a few quarters per hour.  On the high end you compete with not only higher salaries, but more comprehensive benefit packages which can be offered by larger organizations.  Employees, employees, wherefore art thou employees?

However, putting all that aside, let’s say you are ready to extend an offer to the perfect candidate.  How do you hire them?  What is the difference between a W-2 employee and a 1099 contractor.  If you think you can onboard someone as a 1099 and they are really a W2 employee, you are putting your company at risk if an audit were to occur.  On the flipside, if you have a true 1099 contractor and you don’t memorialize that arrangement with certain contractual protections, you are also jeopardizing your firm as well.

I am not trying to dissuade you from bringing more staff on board.  Your employees are the lifeblood of your organization.  However, some due diligence and thought into your hiring process is needed to protect your company’s interests.  Below are some helpful tips to consider when you are on the hunt for additional staff.

Best of luck with this process and don’t forget that your professional advisors, business mentors and existing staff can be some of your best sources for advice.

Here are a few other things that may be of interest:

Helpful Coronavirus Resource Pages

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