There are a few industries in which employees are often misclassified as independent contractors, and salons are one of the big ones. Most salon workers should be employees but are often classified incorrectly. It’s a widespread problem – a problem which costs workers money and, if they’re caught, costs employers a huge amount of money.
Workers can be classified as either an employee or independent contractor. Many employers would prefer classifying all their workers as contractors because it saves them money, but it’s not that simple.
The IRS and the DOL have laws regarding employee classification. Whether to classify a worker as an employee vs contractor is a matter of what type of work the worker does and how it’s done. I’ll show you how to understand this employment relationship so that you can be compliant with the IRS and the FLSA.