Client Alert: Texas New Hire Reporting Requirements Now Include Independent Contractors

The Office of the Texas Attorney General recently implemented a revised definition of “employee” that will impact many Texas employers.  For purposes of new hire reporting in Texas, the definition of “employee” has been broadened to include “an independent contractor as defined by the Internal Revenue Service and whose income is required to be reported on Form 1099-MISC.”   Accordingly, Texas employers must now submit new hire reports on both traditional employees and independent contractors no later than 20 calendar days after their hiring.