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Contractor Question

 
BrokenTech
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10/12/2017 06:29 PM
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I have contracted several times throughout my career in IT. I was presented with another contractor opportunity and there are some terms of agreement that I have not encountered before and was wondering if this is something new or if its isolated to more or less this contracting company.

The condition applies to the accrued benefits during employment. Such as paid holidays and vacation time. The question is this, is it common or becoming common for the employee to pay into the accrual of paid holidays and vacation?

I have an option tree to choose from that varies from 5 days vacation to 15 days vacation plus 6 paid holidays. In this scenario, if I do not wish to accrue paid holidays or paid vacation my salary will be X amount. If, I choose to select one of the options my salary will decrease accordingly.

The contract is for a state government position. As we all know, government has many holidays and days off throughout the year. If I were to not choose any options, those state holidays would end up being no-pay days for me.

As I stated, I am accustomed to contract work. I have done W-2 and 1099 scenarios several times over the years. Under 1099 conditions, I am aware those conditions typically do not provide any benefits and I am responsible for them. But under W-2 conditions I am used to receiving most of the typical benefits that a normal employee would receive.
Larry D. Croc

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10/12/2017 06:43 PM

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If it were me I'd multiply it out using the different scenarios and let that guide me. You, of course, have to decide how many days you think (or are willing) to be working.

I went to essentially a contractor basis with my employer earlier this year, figured out what "bump" I wanted from my old hourly equivalent to make up for benefits I would no longer receive.
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10/12/2017 06:56 PM
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If it were me I'd multiply it out using the different scenarios and let that guide me. You, of course, have to decide how many days you think (or are willing) to be working.

I went to essentially a contractor basis with my employer earlier this year, figured out what "bump" I wanted from my old hourly equivalent to make up for benefits I would no longer receive.
 Quoting: Larry D. Croc


I calculated it out and ultimately, it would not be a paid holiday or vacation. When I took a day off it would work out to simply them giving my own money that I paid for in advance back to me when I took a day off.

Being state government in this case is what bothers me. It would boil down to no fault of mine that I would not be paid when the state office was closed. I would typically be willing to work most of those days as it were.

Perhaps I should see about negotiating a 1099 status with a substantial increase of base salary.

Last Edited by BrokenTech on 10/12/2017 06:57 PM
Larry D. Croc

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10/12/2017 07:01 PM

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If it were me I'd multiply it out using the different scenarios and let that guide me. You, of course, have to decide how many days you think (or are willing) to be working.

I went to essentially a contractor basis with my employer earlier this year, figured out what "bump" I wanted from my old hourly equivalent to make up for benefits I would no longer receive.
 Quoting: Larry D. Croc


I calculated it out and ultimately, it would not be a paid holiday or vacation. When I took a day off it would work out to simply them giving my own money that I paid for in advance back to me when I took a day off.

Being state government in this case is what bothers me. It would boil down to no fault of mine that I would not be paid when the state office was closed. I would typically be willing to work most of those days as it were.

Perhaps I should see about negotiating a 1099 status with a substantial increase of base salary.
 Quoting: BrokenTech


All they can say is "no" to your request. Can't hurt to find out how much leverage you've got.
"Socialism only works in two places: Heaven where they don't need it and hell, where they already have it." Ronald Reagan

The trouble with our liberal friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so." Ronald Reagan

"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. If it stops moving, subsidize it." Ronald Reagan
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10/12/2017 07:08 PM
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If it were me I'd multiply it out using the different scenarios and let that guide me. You, of course, have to decide how many days you think (or are willing) to be working.

I went to essentially a contractor basis with my employer earlier this year, figured out what "bump" I wanted from my old hourly equivalent to make up for benefits I would no longer receive.
 Quoting: Larry D. Croc


I calculated it out and ultimately, it would not be a paid holiday or vacation. When I took a day off it would work out to simply them giving my own money that I paid for in advance back to me when I took a day off.

Being state government in this case is what bothers me. It would boil down to no fault of mine that I would not be paid when the state office was closed. I would typically be willing to work most of those days as it were.

Perhaps I should see about negotiating a 1099 status with a substantial increase of base salary.
 Quoting: BrokenTech


All they can say is "no" to your request. Can't hurt to find out how much leverage you've got.
 Quoting: Larry D. Croc


The more I think about it, I am thinking I may just pass on the offer. Just curious if this concept was something new and becoming common place.





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