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An employee is a person who works in the service of another person under an express or implied contract of hire, under which the employer has the right to control the details of work performance (Black's Law Dictionary).

An employee is hired for a specific job or to provide labor and who works in the service of someone else (the employer). The IRS classifies a worker as an employee as follows:

In general, anyone who performs services for an organization is an employee if the organization can control what will be done and how it will be done.
The control question is used to determine whether a worker is an employee or an independent contractor.

The factors designating someone as an employee include:

  • A specific wage or salary
  • An implied or written contract
  • Control of the person's work by the employer

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