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Magical Ranch Arabian Farm/ Linda Siegel Hires staff as employees, pays $10 hr, then files a 1099 ,independent contractor, on employees sacramento ar
14th of Dec, 2010 by User120586
Magical Ranch/ Linda Siegel hires staff as employees, claiming the two week trial period starts with a $10 hrly wage. Employees are instructed to arrive exactly on time--- not 5 minutes early or late. Employees are given very specific instructions on how to clean stalls, handle horses, etc. Employees are requested to go to other locations (boarding facilities) to work additional horses. Employees are instructed to provide their own grooming gear. Employees are not reimbursed for driving time as well as time on the clock while travelling to other locations (even though she states she will reimburse gas at minmal rate). Employees are instructed not to carry cell phones or they will have to provide her with their bill and will be docked wages per phone call while on the clock. Linda does not inform employees upfront that she files a 1099 form (independent contractor); which means the hired help must pay their own taxes/medicare/ social security. This reduces their hourly rate to minimum wage or less. Linda has burned many highly respected horse professionals from farriers, stablehands (w degrees from UC Davis), trainers, etc. She has a very high turnover rate because once these individuals are on to her scam, they leave. Linda preys on young horsemen who are naive to tax laws. Linda's husband is an attorney. She threatens legal retaliation to those who consider standing up to her.
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4148 days ago by Bob From Mountain View
Bob-Mountain View California

You are full of beans. At $10 an hour you pay no taxes. You are not in a catagory where you will have any federal taxes owing and state taxes, forget about it.
You will have social security taxes. That is about 2.5%. Or about 25 cents an hour, which includes a disability benefit so that if something happened while you worked with the horses you would be covered for life.

$9.75 to little? Hey, get a clue, we are in a recession. These aren't low lifes that employed you. You are lucky to have a job outside a McDonalds and that goes for all of us!

You worked about 25% harder than a fast food worker and got 25% more pay.
Get a newspaper and wake up!

You are an independent contractor employee, yes the catagory exists.

I'm sorry that's all the work you can get but in the rural area you were working at, that kind of hourly rate goes twice or thee times as far as in San Francisco, if not further.

This economy and hard work like that won't last forever. Just take the work as it comes and don't think that beer and a joint will lead you to a useful logic.
Maybe there is more to this, but not from what you wrote that I can see.

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