As an independent contractor, you do not enjoy the same kinds of benefits that you would have as an employee. On the other hand, you have more latitude to determine how you carry out your work. In the event an employer exerts greater control over your work practices, the employer may be treating you like an employee in spite of your status as an independent contractor.
There are different ways an employer may try to dictate how you perform your work. One way is through employee training.
Training for employees
Business News Daily explains that many employers give their workers training in some capacity. It may involve using a classroom setting along with media as an instructional tool. Workers may also receive on-the-job training. Since the employer provides the training, prospective workers often do not have to worry about paying for their instruction.
Training for independent contractors
When you are not an employee, you need to find training on your own, such as through a college or a trade school. When you have completed your coursework, you will likely receive a degree that certifies your skills. In contrast to employee training, you bear the costs of your own education.
Employer training as a sign of misclassification
The goal of employer training is to integrate you into the company workforce by directing how you should accomplish your work duties. If a business has subjected you to this kind of training in order to conform your work to its practices, your employer may be treating you like an employee.
Be aware of other signs of regular employment, like whether the employer dictates your hours or days of work, gives you tools to do your work, or exerts control over the sequence of your duties. If you are not receiving withholding for your income and Social Security taxes, the company you work for may have misclassified your worker status and is depriving you of your rights as an employee.