Independent Contractors

Independent Contractor or Employee?

The presence of a specific contract may indicate an independent contractor relationship but this alone is not the determining factor. The Supreme Court of NZ decision in Three Foot Six Ltd v Bryson case enables the Employment Relations Authority to enquire into the “real nature of the relationship” to determine whether you are in fact an “employee” or an “independent contractor”.

The following table is a general introductory guide only that describes some of the key differences between Independent Contractors and Employees. The table is not to be relied upon or used as a substituted to obtaining your own legal advice to cover a specific factual situation.