Although both an employee and an independent contractor work for an employer, there is an important distinction between them. If the employer has the right to control, not merely the result, but the manner in which the work is done, as well as the method used, the person being controlled is an employee.
On the other hand, an independent contractor is one who is allowed to perform without being subject to the employer’s supervision, orders, or control in respect to the details of the work. An independent contractor has absolute control of the work, as well as when and how it will be done and who may do it.
[An employer is not responsible for the fault of an independent contractor.]