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I’ve been working for the same company for over 7 years— I believe they have improperly categorized my coworkers and me as contractors. We are supervised, have regular hours, daily meetings, we’re expects to be working Monday through Friday, our work (editing and writing) is essential to the operation’s purpose. They don’t pay any social security or unemployment. After complaining they have said they’d agree to make us employees, but with a pay cut. What should I do?

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This happens all the time in the content writing space - there are A LOT of big names in digital publishing whose primary contributors are all "freelance" despite working basically full time for them. It's a grotesque business model, but not illegal I think. Best to find greener pastures

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Do you have any sort of employment agreement or contract to refer back to? If not, I believe your employer can technically categorize you as they please. You don't have to be a full time employee to be vital to the success of a company, by the way. Re; taking a pay cut, chances are they're doing that to account for the other taxes and benefits that they'll now be on the hook for. It's a trade off. If you want maximum pay and are ok with no other benefits, then remain as a contractor. If you'd rather the security of being a FTE and everything else that comes with that, then you'll have to take a pay cut. Seems like the ball is in your court.

I still feel like what they have done is illegal, but perhaps I just need to find another job.

The pay cut makes sense because you'll have benefits and PTO to account for

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