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Pay attention! Project 'consultants' might not actually be consultants

by , 06 September 2015
So you're going to appoint 'project consultants'.
By its very wording it may seem that a clear-cut definition will follow.

But what if you were to find out that they might not be consultants at all. You may have raised concerns, while drafting the contract, as to whether they are in fact consultants or employees.

So now pay attention and read on!

In terms of what constitutes a 'project consultant', it will depend on what you expect from your employees as well as what the contract states.

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If you answer 'yes' to any one of the following, then the 'consultant' will be an employee and you may need to look again at the reason you hired them:

·         Are they financially dependent on you?
·         Do they fall under your control and discipline?
·         Do you determine their hours of work?
·         Do you provide them with instructions for carrying out their work?
·         Do they use your equipment?
·         etc.

This is extremely important for you to remember as there is a huge distinction between a consultant and an employee.
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