The topic of nurses and advanced practice nurses (NPs, CNMs, CRNAs) functioning as independent contractors (ICs) has been a gray area for years. In fact, some legal professionals argue that we cannot be ICs. And when you read the IRS rules, you’ll see why the distinction is anything but apparent.
Over the past few years, several states have enacted ABC rules for independent contracting; at last count, 17 states, though there may be more.
For specific details about your state, check (and recheck) your state’s labor/employment department.
Many of you may be aware that California has enacted some of the most restrictive laws affecting RNs, NPs, CRNA, and CNMs. The question is, what can you do now, and how do you prepare to defend your right to work as an IC in other states?
Join me for a discussion with Melanie Balestra, NP, JD, counsel for the California Nurse Practitioner Association (CANP).
You can reach Melanie at http://www.balestrahealthlaw.com/, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- California Nurse Practitioner Association
- The American Association of Nurse Attorneys
- IRS Definition of Independent Contractors
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