As Project Manager I'm from time to time facing the challenge of working with a client who is unaware of USA or Canadian laws about the relationship with a freelancer / independent contractor
A solution that worked for me is to educate the client. By “educate” I mean discussing with client about what I can do or not with freelancers. Within the legal boundaries.
For example, one of the tool I use is the attached PDF file. Made by the US Department of the Treasury Internal Revenue Service/IRS. A nice summary of the key differences between a freelancer and an employee.
This document says on page 2 that according to USA laws, freelancers are free to set how, when, or where to do the work.
For example, when I discuss with freelancers I would use the following type of language and tone
- ”Are you available tomorrow at 10:00am for a meeting? If not, then could you suggest another time convenient for you within my availability?”
Instead of “I want you to attend tomorrow meeting at 10:00am”
- “How much time do you need to complete this item? What is your forecast/estimate in hours to do this item? When can you deliver this item?”
Instead of, “You have 10 hours to do this item and I want it done by Friday next week at 5:00pm”
Your thoughts about this? Any other tools or tips you would like to share with other Project Managers facing the same challenge of working with a client who is unaware of USA or Canadian laws about the relationship with a freelancer?
File source: www.irs.gov/file_source/pub/irs-utl/emporind.pdf