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Part 2: Five 'Keeler' Factors - Government Units
Factor Four - Economic Dependence
Whether the alleged employee is independent of the alleged employer, performs services and then moves on to perform similar services for another.
Explanation of Factor Four
If an examination of the of the economic relationship between the worker and the employer establishes that the worker is independent of the employer, performs services and then moves on to perform similar services for another, it is proof of an independent trade or business. On the other hand, if the economic relationship shows a strong dependence by the worker upon the employer, it is evidence that the worker is an employee.
Case studies relevant to factor four based upon cases decided by the Labor and Industry Review Commission (LIRC), Wisconsin Circuit Courts and Wisconsin Appellate Courts