I never saw the movie Paul Blart: Mall Cop and almost certainly never will. (Do I really need explain that decision?)
The Independent Contractor vs. Employee question often arises in the context of security guards, though. I confess to not knowing how Paul Blart was classified but, for companies who retain security guards, the decision whether to hire them as employees or to contract with a security firm is an important one.
The main advantage of hiring security guards as employees is the ability to retain control over how an individual guard does the job. The company can select who it wants to work and when, and can provide as much supervision and direction as needed.
The biggest disadvantage to using employees for security work, however, is the risk of Continue reading