Our Lake Mary business lawyers know that employment contracts are a top concern for Florida small business owners. There are many reasons small businesses hire independent contractors as opposed to employees. The company enjoys reduced overhead and workers have greater flexibility. Still, there are specific legal considerations must be made for both types of workers, and it’s important new small businesses (or those considering a revamped workforce structure) discuss these arrangements with a skilled business attorney who can help ensure you avoid any meritorious breach of contract or wage theft allegations.
Contract litigation in Florida can be costly, but it’s often avoided by preparing with legal consultation.
The fact is, while many large companies have long preferred to use contractors for certain types of work, small businesses are increasingly doing the same, as noted by a recent Entrepreneur.com article. Although there isn’t any government data that measures the use of contract workers by all small businesses, information from the Internal Revenue Service on sole proprietor use of these workers reveals that between 2003 and 2011 (the latest year for which data is available), contract labor spiked from 3.5 percent to 6.4 percent. Continue Reading