Part-Timer or Contractor?
Joseph is a graphic designer who works 20 hours per week from home for a company based in another city. He determines his own working hours and location, pays his own taxes and insurance, and has other clients, but participates in regular meetings with the company and works closely with clients on their behalf. Should Joseph be an employee or a contractor?
It's not always clear, particularly for a small business, on whether you should bring on an independent contractor versus a part-timer. The changes coming, as a result of Health Care Reform, regarding coverage of benefits for certain part-time employees (generally those who work more than 30 hours per week, on average) will likely re-start the debate.