It is Harvard’s policy that an individual who is paid to provide services to Harvard must be hired as an employee unless the engagement satisfies the three-part Independent Contractor test.
An Independent Contractor (IC) is generally an individual who is in an independent trade, business, or profession and offers services to the general public. An IC may work as an individual or through a business entity such as a sole proprietorship, partnership, or limited liability corporation. ICs are sometimes also referred to as consultants, 1099s, contractors, or vendors.
A worker’s preference is not relevant to the classification determination, nor is that of the local department or unit wishing to engage the individual.
Independent Contractor Policy Table of Contents
Reason for Policy
Who Must Comply
Responsibilities and Procedures
Resonsibilities and Contacts
Independent Contractor Policy - PDF Download
Independent Contractor Questionnaire
Independent Contractor Exceptions Attestation Form
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