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Examples of Restrictions for Independent Contractors/ Consultants

Read the examples on this page for help to determine if the independent contractor you want is eligible under State law.

If you request independent contractors and consultants for your department, you need to know how amendments to the Public Contract Code by Senate Bill (SB)1467 affect University contracts with independent contractors and consultants.

See examples of contractor situations and how to handle them:

Scenario Independent contractor status Course of action/ explanation
A department wants to hire a programmer analyst from another department to build a website. Not allowed under SB 1467. Contact Human Resources.
A postdoc fellow seeks compensation for research services rendered. Not allowed under SB 1467. Postdoc fellows are never compensated as independent contractors. Please see the Office of Postdoctoral Scholar Affairs.
A non-salaried adjunct professor seeks compensation for research services. May be allowed. Requires further evaluation. Employees with teaching and research responsibilities are exempt from the regulations, but must meet independent contractor requirements.
A professor seeks compensation for non-research services. May be allowed. Requires further evaluation. Employees with teaching and research responsibilities are exempt from the regulations, but must meet independent contractor requirements.
An academic administrator worked on a project, then separated from the University. A PI wants the individual to provide continued collaborative involvement on the project. Not allowed under SB 1467. Contact Human Resources.
A department wants to purchase a microscope from an employee. Not allowed under SB 1467. Goods or services may never be purchased from staff employees.
A full-time Assistant II also plays the harp. She is asked to perform at a reception for $200. Not allowed under SB 1467. Contact Human Resources.
A staff member from one department is asked to teach aerobics courses in another department, for $75 per course. Not allowed under SB 1467. Contact Human Resources.
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