In the state of North Carolina, the state labor laws do not require that employers report their independent contractors when they report their employees when it comes to new hires. Independent contractors are typically defined as people you are paying for a one-time service, and that service usually does not have anything to do with the primary purpose of your business. Say, you own an ice cream store (can you tell I am hungry?), and you need your employee bathroom renovated in that ice cream store. The person you hire to do that construction on your ice cream store most likely would be considered an independent contractor in North Carolina.
Why? Basically, that bathroom renovation does not have to deal with the primary purpose of your business, which is the making and selling of ice cream and other delicious treats. So when you pay that builder a lump sum of money to repair your bathroom, you are essentially hiring him as an independent contractor and in the state of North Carolina would not have to report him to the state for new hiring purposes.
Of course, all employees that have to deal with the primary purpose of your business—you have to report them to the state when you first hire them. So the kids that scoop out and serve your ice cream, and the ice cream makers you hire, they all would need to be reported when you first hire them. If one of those ice cream scoopers takes off for the second semester of the school year to get better grades, when they returned to work for you in the summer, you would have to report them again to the state as a new re-hire.
How can you make sure to report all of this information properly? Read on, and hopefully I can help you out today.