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I'm a therapist for a group (mental health) practice in Illinois as an independent contractor. I decided to focus on my own private practice and sent an email reflecting that on June 18th with my last day being August 15th. The independent contractor contract states 30 days notice to separate the agreement, unless fired, then it is 5 days notice.

 

She's been insisting on a phone call to discuss referrals. It was originally considered for this Friday, but nothing set in stone. She emailed me to inquire, I responded I don't have any referral concerns to discuss at this time and declined the need to have a phone call. 

 

She emails me that if we don't talk that I am fired and have to turn in my keys by 5pm on Friday (2 days notice). 

 

There are some larger ethical conflicts/violations that the owner has done; however, they aren't applicable to this forum, so I won't mention them but is my reason to not want to discuss matters with the owner. No client wants to stay with the group practice, the original request for the phone call was to discuss referrals, I have no referrals, so I said I would circle back around when I have some. 

 

Additionally, how can one determine if one is breaking employment laws and misclassifying ICs when they should be employees.

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52 minutes ago, moxie said:

Additionally, how can one determine if one is breaking employment laws and misclassifying ICs when they should be employees.

 

Let's start with that. Read the following from the IRS:

 

https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/independent-contractor-defined

 

People in your type of profession are often independent contractors so you aren't likely to get anywhere making an issue of it.

 

54 minutes ago, moxie said:

The independent contractor contract states 30 days notice to separate the agreement, unless fired, then it is 5 days notice.

 

Are you asking if 2 days notice is breach of contract? No way of telling without reading the contract.

 

All to often people post here saying that something "states" something and when one reads the actual document it doesn't "state" that.

 

So please quote that provision about termination word for word in its entirety and you might get a helpful comment.

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14 hours ago, moxie said:

She's been insisting on a phone call to discuss referrals.

 

Who is "she"?

 

 

14 hours ago, moxie said:

how can one determine if one is breaking employment laws and misclassifying ICs when they should be employees.

 

By reviewing the employment laws.  Since you didn't identify your state, we can't point you to anything in particular.  There are, however, probably thousands of articles that you could review with a simple google search for "difference between employee and independent contractor."

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