The United States Department of Labor guarantees protections to employees, as opposed to independent contractors (aka 1099).

These protections include:

  • Overtime pay
  • Guaranteed minimum wage
  • Protection from unlawful discrimination and retaliation
  • Withheld state and federal income and payroll taxes from wages
  • Employer-paid Social Security, Medicare and unemployment taxes
  • Workplace safety laws
  • Workers’ compensation
  • State unemployment benefits
  • Family or medical leave 
  • Option for healthcare benefits
  • Paid sick leave
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