When it comes to employment agreements, there are a myriad of factors that people must understand prior to signing. For example, a worker should understand the differences between independent contractors and employees and ensure that they are not taken advantage of. In Palo Alto, and the rest of California, employees enjoy certain protections that independent contractors do not have.
According to the Employment Development Department, a worker's right to control is the main way courts differentiate between employees and independent contractors. In a past case, there were a number of key areas the California Supreme Court took into consideration when deciding whether or not an employer-employee relationship was present, such as the worker possessing a unique skill, performing unsupervised work or providing their own work supplies. The Supreme Court also looked at the occupation of the worker in question, whether they were paid hourly wages or salaries and whether each party viewed the worker as a contractor or employee.