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Independent Contractor Compliance

Worker misclassification can come with a hefty price tag. You need agile workforce solutions without risking expensive tax exposures. Our Independent Contractor Compliance / Agent of Record services will ensure your ICs have the proper classification and documentation, so you can utilize IC talent to grow your business with peace of mind. You don’t even have to pay for this service! Keep reading to learn more.

When you partner with Populus Group you get amazing, personalized customer service while working with a Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE), and a Veteran Owned Business (VOB), earning Diversity Spend for your organization. 

1500+ Independent Contractors

successfully vetted and screened each year

Is our Independent Contractor / Agent of Record
Program the right fit for you?  

  • Are you spending too much time managing the vetting process and ongoing maintenance of documentation for your independent contractor population?
  • Are you worried about making sure all areas of your business are engaging ICs through a consistent and compliant process?
  • Has your company been audited in the past?

If you nodded your head to any of these questions, our IC services would help you with compliance and peace of mind. Oh, and as we mentioned, you as the employer don’t have to pay for IC services.
We can set-up the billing so that the IC does.

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IC Compliance Success Story 

This Minnesota-based international consumer goods manufacturer implemented Populus Group as their independent contractor compliance provider in 2015. Our Independent Contractor Compliance team reviewed and vetted 2,500 independent contractors and discovered that 300 did not meet the IC requirements. We then transitioned each worker to W2 status and managed their payroll through the life of their contract. 


Our Process:

  • Screening & Document collection
  • Provide our initial score
  • Reviews clarification points with manager
  • Final document collection and recommendation
  • Create and confirm details of SOW: project milestones, deliverables and timelines
  • Create and maintain tax defense file
  • Documentation maintenance and updates Or
  • If not qualified, transition to payroll to be on-boarded as a W2 contract employee

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When I think about our preferred partners, Populus Group is always front of mind. Over the years they have provided the consistency that we look for in a payroll provider, but also the strategic thinking we require in a partner. I look forward to that continuing across our contingent labor program

Mark Lamphere

Director of Workforce Services in Global Procurement
RELX Group

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Do you engage independent contractors with peace of mind? If you're interested in
avoiding the tax exposures and risks that come with working with ICs, 
consider partnering with an IC Agent of record expert! Seems like a smart move.