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You have just been hired by Greg’s Goofy Gadgets. You are an IT professional, and you are tasked solely with fixing computers for the company. The position is temporary—it is a 6-month contract. You will be paid $14.00 per hour, and taxes will not be withheld; you will be responsible for paying them on your own. The company has provided you with a computer to use while you are on the job, and it also hired 2 students on college break to work under you for the duration of the project; you will be considered their manager. Discuss whether you will be considered an independent contractor.
Be sure to answer the following questions to defend your position:
- What are the factors the court looks at in determining whether a person is an independent contractor?
- Are you an agent of the company? What constitutes an agent?
- Based on the facts in the scenario, are you an independent contractor or an employee?