Employers’ new ruse: “Independent contractors”
This is nothing "new". I was a motorcycle mechanic for most of my working life. I've worked at large dealerships and two-man operations, which were by far the more fun of the two.
The dealerships played by all the rules - paychecks, deductions, maybe some benefits. The bikes came in broken and left fixed. Yawn.
The small indie shops were the best! Health plan? Drag ya out inta the street and call 911. The only bennie was unlimited use of the ubiquitous "stoner bench". Heh. General ambiance was loose and freewheeling. The bikes came in broken and left fixed. Whee!
The only "paperwork" was the transfer of some small pieces of green paper from the boss's hand to mine on payday or right after the customer had paid his bill. Short and sweet "paper trail". Untraceable and tax-free to whatever extent you chose. One guess as to that choice. Heh.
That's the reason I only get $577 per month Social Security. Oh, well...
There was nothing so formal as any declaration of "independent contractor". It was the way we wanted it and it's the way it was. Cash on the barrelhead. Next case. Hey, if the gummint had gotten its hands dirty fixin' bikes, we'da kicked 'em some down. Fair's fair, but they never showed up.
The "underground" or "shadow" economy appears to be alive and well. The real American Way!