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Independent Contractors: New Jersey

Independent Contractors requirements for other states

Federal law and guidance on this subject should be reviewed together with this section.

Author: John Sarno, Employer's Association of New Jersey

Updating Author: XpertHR Editorial Team


  • Whether a worker is classified as an employee or an independent contractor has significant legal consequences. See Overview.
  • The "ABC test" is used in determining whether an individual is an employee or independent contractor under many New Jersey laws. See The ABC Test.
  • For the purposes of deciding whether a person is an independent contractor or an employee who enjoys legal protection under state discrimination and whistleblower laws, New Jersey courts use a 12-factor "economic realities" test. See The Economic Realities Test.