Employee or contractor? Four ways to tell the difference.

Distinguishing between a position as an employee or an independent contractor continues to be a problem in the workplace. The distinction is important, as employers are generally required to have workers' comp coverage for their employees.

If an employee is injured, the coverage should provide benefits. In contrast, benefits are generally not available for a contractor.

Are employers misclassifying employees as contractors? In short, the answer is yes. There are situations where employers are misclassifying their employees as contractors.