What is the difference between an Employee and an Independent Contractor?
To answer this question, the relationship of the worker and the employer must be examined. An independent contractor is retained in a position that does not require certification (or in the case of a State of Connecticut College/University is not a member of the professional staff). Independent Contractors generally use their own work methods, are usually paid a flat fee and often advertise and maintain a viable business location. There is no withholding from wages for an independent contractor (Income Taxes, SS/Medicare Taxes, Unemployment Taxes). For further information on this topic, obtain the Employee or Independent Contractor Bulletin (PDF 18KB).