A South Carolina independent contractor agreement is a document drafted for the purpose of establishing a legal relationship between an individual (client) and the person/business (independent contractor) they have hired. The contractor, having been hired to perform a service or services for the client, must complete these services within the time-frame set forth in the agreement in exchange for fair compensation. Aside from a detailed list of the services and the agreed amount of compensation, an independent contractor agreement covers terms and conditions regarding expenses, equipment, termination, modifications, disputes, confidentiality, and independent contractor status. The status of an independent contractor is vastly different from an employee in that they are responsible for taxes, permits, licensing, unemployment compensation, and workers’ compensation.

Laws – No exact statutory definition; however, § 42-1-130 defines an “employee” for the purposes of workers’ compensation.