Not All Workers Are 'Employees' But It's Hard To Know The Difference

Apr 27, 2017

How do you define an 'employee' versus a 'contractor'? This is a debate that has gone on for years at the Statehouse, but if the question were simple, it would have been solved already.

Lawmakers have tried to provide clarity on that question for freelancers and business owners. We dive into the issues of work, pay and benefits that surround independent contractors. Guests are Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, Rep. Jean O'Sullivan, Bill Driscoll of Associated Industries of Vermont, and Dan Barlow of Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility. (Disclosure: VPR is a member of VBSR.)

Correction 2:17 p.m. 5/5/2017: During this discussion, we mistakenly referred to a state "workers compensation fund." In fact, a designated fund does not exist, but rather the state requires employers to provide workers' compensation for their employees, which they generally do through private insurance carriers.

Broadcast live on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.