US Company Guide to Hiring Foreign Independent Contractors
Hiring outside of the US? Contractors can be a flexible, specialized, and affordable solution. But make sure you’re set up legally.
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In this guide
Who's an independent contractor
How to classify a worker
Compliance and legal regulations to look out for
How to create a contractor agreement
Going global without the trouble
In 2016, Uber paid over $100 million in class-action lawsuit settlements to drivers they misclassified as independent contractors. The example is extreme, but it highlights the importance of compliance during hiring, even for independent contractors.
Hiring foreign independent contractors is ever riskier because you have to learn (and adhere to) a whole new set of labor laws surrounding worker classification in different countries. The definitions of an independent contractor may not always be aligned, which means your remote worker may be considered an employee in their home country.
How do you ensure your workers have contractor status? What payment methods can you use to pay your freelancers? Do you need an independent contractor agreement and what does it look like?
Access your free guide for answers to these questions and essential notes to ensure you’re ready for hiring contractors abroad while staying compliant with local labor and tax laws.
Access this free guide to:
- Assess your working relationship and avoid common misclassification pitfalls
- Understand the legal implications of working with international contractors
- Understand how local laws and tax regulations impact your business
- Know what tax forms and legal documents to collect
- Learn how you can make contractor payments legally and hassle-free