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Officials scrutinize use of independent contractors

Published 03/22/2013, INFORUM

ST. PAUL – In the wake of the Great Recession, many employers are choosing to use independent contractors instead of hiring permanent employees. Doing so can produce big cost savings for employers because they typically don’t have to pay for health benefits, overtime or certain taxes. From workers’ perspectives, there are advantages, too. Contract work might allow them to get a foot in the door of a company that otherwise wouldn’t hire them and earn more money on an hourly basis than in a salaried job.

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