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August 06, 2012


An interesting first part, Ruchira. I look forward to parts 2 and 3.

Here is part II.

The concluding post will appear tomorrow.

Part III - possible legal remedy.

The independent contractor (IC) fiasco is perennial, and more frequently these days we hear about abuses of so-called unpaid internships. A floundering economy prompts eager, desperate workers to give away their labor in exchange for experience and that most passive aggressive of libertarian values, "opportunity" to improve one's lot.

I think Sanjukta is right to recommend targeting industries that egregiously bend or violate the rules. The defense bar is very careful to advise its employer clients to define the IC relationship as rigorously as they do the employer-employee relationship. The kind of advice typically dished out by defense firms: treat employees and ICs differently, don't issue employee manuals to ICs, and limit IC participation in company events (parties, etc.) intended for the employees.

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