Independent Contractors

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Because independent contractors are not employees, they are not eligible for IPERS coverage. The guidelines below can help you consistently decide who is an employee and who is an independent contractor.

IPERS members may be an Independent Contractor if they:

  • Have an established business that offers defined services.
  • Offer services to multiple customers or clients.
  • Are hired to work for you through a normal bid process.
  • Have substantial control over how services are provided.

IPERS members may NOT be an Independent Contractor if they:

  • Perform work only for your organization.
  • Do not operate under a business name.
  • Are subject to substantial control by your organization over how services are provided.
  • Do not promote his/her services.
  • Are a teacher or superintendent.
  • Are a city council member, city clerk or other public official.
  • Are performing an essential governmental function.