Subordination in the Performance of Work

Subordination in the performance of work is the most important criterion and may be decisive in determining your status.

If you are a self-employed person,

  • your work conditions do not involve subordination;
  • your client does not set your work schedule, decide where you will work or define your work methods;
  • your client cannot prevent you from getting help, hiring a substitute or offering your services to more than one client.

If you are an employee, your employer usually

  • establishes the conditions of your hiring and firing;
  • sets your schedule and decides where you will work;
  • defines your tasks and work methods;
  • manages your activities and those of any substitute;
  • controls the execution of your work and that of any substitute;
  • may take disciplinary action against you.
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