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Independent Contractor or Employee: Why Getting It Right Matters

Treating workers as independent contractors has many benefits for employers, including avoiding the cost of payroll taxes and benefits and not having to deal with the administrative requirements associated with employees. These benefits make independent contractor status an attractive alternative to classifying a worker as an employee, if the worker meets the legal tests for independent contractor status. Unfortunately, many employers mistakenly believe that simply calling a worker an independent contractor or having the worker sign an “independent contractor agreement” satisfies the legal requirements for independent contractor status. Rather, whether a worker is properly classified as an independent contractor or employee depends on the nature of the relationship between the worker and the company as determined under applicable law. Employers who misclassify a worker as an independent contractor face significant federal and state monetary liabilities and penalties. These penalties can be imposed not only on the company but also on the individuals responsible for the misclassification. Therefore, an employer must conduct a careful analysis before classifying a worker as an independent contractor.

Guest Author   |     Oct 12, 2021

Uncover two great incentive opportunities in NYS

Is your business thinking of expanding or hiring within New York State? New York wants to incentivize you! 

Guest Author   |     Jul 07, 2021

2021 Immigration Hot Topics

Between COVID and a new U.S. President, the immigration landscape between the U.S. and Canada has experienced both victories and challenges. Some of the major changes and roadblocks that have occurred over the past three months include:

Guest Author   |     Apr 07, 2021

Family business planning through the Covid-19 pandemic

The pandemic caused by COVID-19 continues to create both a public health crisis and an economic crisis around the World. As this article goes to publication, more than 240,000 Americans have lost their lives and many more have been sickened. And notwithstanding herculean efforts by many, as well as laws enacted to afford trillions of dollars of economic relief to impacted businesses and individuals, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the U.S. economy has been severe.

Guest Author   |     Nov 23, 2020

Wayfair and remote seller considerations

It has been over two years now since the U.S Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in the South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc. case and every state that imposes sales & use tax has enacted economic nexus thresholds for “remote sellers” with the exceptions of Florida and Missouri. A remote seller is any seller (foreign or domestic) that does not have physical presence in a state but who sells products or services for delivery to customers into that state.

Guest Author   |     Oct 13, 2020

Top Reasons to Live in Buffalo

As a born-and-raised Buffalonian with deep ties to the Queen City, I’ve been so thrilled to observe the strides that my hometown has made in recent years. In my job as a recruiter, I always enjoy selling candidates on the beauty of Buffalo, a city that I consider to be the underappreciated gem of New York. Buffalo has begun to establish itself on a national level through the city’s recent efforts to revamp and revitalize itself. Whether you’re fresh out of college, raising a young family, or looking to retire, Buffalo is a place that people of all ages can call home.

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Guest Author   |     Jul 29, 2020

Attracting top talent in an employee-market

To attract top talent, an employer must be able to provide the job seeker with compelling reasons to join your organization and be creative in ways to attract to candidates.

Guest Author   |     Dec 05, 2019

How to protect information on your electronic devices at the border

If you plan on crossing the border with an electronic device, it’s important to know your rights and to take precautions to keep your information safe. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) officers have far greater ability to conduct searches at the border than they would inside of the U.S. CBP can search the contents of your electronic devices like phones, tablets, cameras, and laptops without probable cause that you are doing something wrong, and without your permission.

Guest Author   |     Dec 05, 2019

5 things I learned interning with Invest Buffalo Niagara

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Guest Author   |     Oct 04, 2019

World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara: Connecting our bi-national region to the World

World Trade Center Buffalo Niagara (WTCBN) is the bi-national Buffalo Niagara region’s go-to resource for companies doing business internationally. Manufacturers and service companies in the WTCBN territory, stretching from Hamilton, ON to Syracuse, NY, can rely on our network, services and expertise to help expand your international reach.

Guest Author   |     Sep 17, 2018

By the numbers: Back office in Buffalo Niagara

During my time at Invest Buffalo Niagara, I’ve helped over two dozen companies relocate or expand to Buffalo Niagara.

Guest Author   |     Aug 24, 2018

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