Re: Question-How independent is "independent contractor status?"
I'm wondering just how literally to take the "independent contractor" status clause in my contract? It's the standard clause stating that have no control over me in any way etc. I just have to produce the work-on time. They've requested that I work on site (project requires close collaboration with co-workers/subject matter experts) and they've indicated preferences in terms of hours of work. That's fine. I see the point. The problem is...I feel I'm getting "mixed messages". This is also happening to a close associate and fellow tech writer...in another area. (Same organization but different dept.)
If I'm an independent contractor...then "must" I conform to their work hours? Do I have the option of working from home? Say maybe one day a week? Or must I clear it with them? My buddy was told she too, is an independent contractor. She started her contract just six weeks ago. Yet when she worked from home the first time...they "mentioned" it to her and seemed to be questioning "why" she wasn't "at work" (i.e. in the office) Apparently they "meant" she could work from...a bit further along in the project but they weren't upfront with her about that.
Any thoughts? Suggestions? Ideas? On how to handle this? Anyone had similiar experience?
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