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.