COMPTROLLER'S MEMORANDUM NO. 16 (1979-80)
TO: AGENCIES AND DEPARTMENTS ADDRESSED
SUBJECT: DISTINCTION BETWEEN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
AND EMPLOYEES - O.P.S. PAYMENTS
Your attention is directed to Attorney General's Opinion No. 062-120, dated September 28, 1962. In this opinion the Attorney General provided certain criteria to distinguish between contracts for employment and independent contractors. Essentially, the primary distinction is the degree of control that the agency exercises over the person performing the services or duties being provided.
When an employer-employee relationship exists, the agency should process payment through the Bureau of Payrolls, as object code 1200. When the contractor is in fact independent, payment should be processed from object code 1300 through the Bureau of Auditing.
If you would like our opinion as to whether an independent contractual relationship exists in connection with a particular agreement, please submit a copy of the agreement to the Bureau of Auditing. We will review and advise you as promptly as our workload will permit.