Types of Workers

Established labor law provides few answers to the multitude of issues you face regarding variations of the traditional workforce, including telecommuters, contingent workers, independent contractors and interns. The federal and California courts are just beginning to grapple with liability issues created by workplace variations. Until the rules become established, you must educate yourself about the issues that are likely to arise in the evolving workplace so you can make informed decisions and implement sound policies.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

  • Industrial Homeworkers

    Industrial HomeworkersIndustrial homework is the manufacture of materials or articles in a home for an employer when these articles or materials are not for the personal use of the employer or a member of his/her family.  More »

  • Contingent Workers

    Contingent WorkersThe term "contingent workforce" refers to the nearly one-quarter of this country's workforce who are part-time, temporary or seasonal, secured through temporary agencies, or under employee leasing arrangements.  More »

  • Independent Contractors

    Independent ContractorsThis section explains the difference between an independent contractor and an employee.  More »

    ​​Read about 2013 court cases.
  • Interns

    InternsProceed carefully when deciding to use unpaid interns. Many employers believe interns are unpaid workers. Unfortunately, this is not the case.  More »

    ​​Read about a 2013 court case.
  • Volunteers

    VolunteersEmployers should exercise caution if considering using "volunteers" as part of their workforce.  More »

    ​Rea​d about a 2013 court case.

A person's employment status depends in large part on the duties performed and the level of supervision over how the duties are performed.