The Pet Industry Coalition was founded by five prominent pet sitting and dog walking companies looking to create high-quality practice standards and an even playing field in what is currently a largely unregulated industry.
In today’s market, large, multi-million dollar players are gaining traction, taking opportunities from small hard-working businesses. Not only that, but these companies are also shining a spotlight on the pet care industry – and not in a positive light. For these companies to make the most money, they are employing independent contractors rather than employees. This brings into question: are they following the law as far as how they train and manage their workers?
Until now, many dog walking and pet sitting companies have flown under the IRS radar, operating in an employer-employee structure but classifying their workers as ICs. There are some business owners who simply do not know the differences, but there are also companies who knowingly misclassify their workers thinking they are too small for the IRS to flag, while other companies are willing to take the risk.
As these national pet care companies attract negative attention for their costly mistakes, the IRS is taking note of our industry. For this reason, it’s important that we are all classifying our workers correctly. The Pet Industry Coalition is here to help you through these tough questions and help you become compliant before the IRS flags your company. Together, we can form a unified bond to keep the quality of care in our industry at the highest level.
Are you Compliant?
To know whether or not you are classifying your workers correctly, think about the following questions:
· Do you offer training for your staff?
· Does your staff perform work in accordance with your guidelines?
· Do you tell your workers where to go?
· Do you tell your workers what time they need to be at a job?
· Do your workers own their own companies and contract themselves out to you and/or other companies?
· Do your workers define their own way of performing work?
· Do your workers accept and decline jobs, as well as set their own hours?