independent contractor
independent contractor n: one that contracts to do work or perform a service for another and that retains total and free control over the means or methods used in doing the work or performing the service compare employee

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

independent contractor
n.
A person who does a job for another person independently, using his or her own methods and is not under the control of the employer in regard to how the work is accomplished.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


independent contractor
a person who works under a contract of employment but of the type locatio operarum rather than locatio operis – the taxi driver rather than the chauffeur. See Mersey Docks & Harbour Board v. Coggins & Griffiths Ltd [1947] AC

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


independent contractor
A legal category of worker that is distinct and different from an employee. The key to the definition is that, unlike employees, independent contractors retain control over how they do their work. Employers are not required to withhold and pay federal, state, and Social Security (FICA) taxes on behalf of independent contractors, as they must do for employees.
Category: Employment Law & HR → Employee Rights

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

independent contractor
USA
A worker that contracts with individuals and entities to provide services. An independent contractor does not work regularly for any one employer and is not an employee, but contracts with various employers to provide services when required. An independent contractor typically charges fees for service, is paid directly and pays taxes directly to the government. For more information on the tax treatment for independent contractors, see the IRS website
For more information on independent contractors, including how to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor, see Using Independent Contractors and Outside Firms: Avoiding Employee Misclassification Checklist (www.practicallaw.com/2-501-3609).

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


independent contractor
A person who contracts to do work for another person according to his or her own processes and methods; the contractor is not subject to another's control except for what is specified in a mutually binding agreement for a specific job.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


independent contractor
A person who contracts to do work for another person according to his or her own processes and methods; the contractor is not subject to another's control except for what is specified in a mutually binding agreement for a specific job.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

independent contractor
n.
   a person or business which performs services for another person or entity under a contract between them, with the terms spelled out such as duties, pay, the amount and type of work and other matters. An independent contractor is distinguished from an employee, who works regularly for an employer. The exact nature of the independent contractor's relationship with the party hiring him/her/it has become vital since an independent contractor pays his/her/its own Social Security, income taxes without payroll deduction, has no retirement or health plan rights, and often is not entitled to worker's compensation coverage. Public agencies, particularly the Internal Revenue Service, look hard at independent contractor agreements when it appears the contractor is much like an employee. An independent contractor must be able to determine when and where work is performed, be able to work for others, provide own equipment and other factors which are indicative of true independence.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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