Are virtual assistants employees?

15 October, 2021 Alexander Wiers 6

Answers (6):

    21 October, 2021

    Virtual assistants, in all their virtual glory, are not employees. They're contractors. There are 3 qualifications that set a contractor apart from an employee according to the IRS: 1) control - do they control how you perform the work or have detailed instructions about when and where to work? 2) ownership - is there a contract in which you promise to do a certain amount of work for a certain price? 3) business risk - do you stand financially at risk if something goes wrong with the employer's business? If any of these factors apply, then it's likely that your agreement with your client isn't just for consulting but rather it meets criteria as an employment agreement.

    21 October, 2021

    Due to the many variations of virtual assistants, it's difficult to answer this question without knowing what particular type you are referring to. For example, a virtual marketing assistant is not likely going to be an employee due to the limited scope of their role, while a secretary assistant may be classified as one depending on how they were hired by the company and structured in their contract. The status quo for administrative assistants has been debated lately with some saying that they should be raised from an exempt position (salaried) to one that pays hourly wages (non-exempt). Secretary assistants are affected by this potential change too because wage earning correlates with more benefits like overtime pay and breaks.

    21 October, 2021

    As employees, virtual assistants might not need to be given benefits and other perks that human employees do. Some companies, such as Siri and Microsoft's Cortana, provide the speech-recognition software for free. These artificial intelligence (AI) programs help customers navigate search engines faster and more accurately as well as make decisions without any hassle on behalf of the customers. To build these networks like Apple's Siri or Microsoft's Cortana enterprise companies rely heavily on workers. When customer service centers are short staffed or understaffed; they can opt instead to use a virtual assistant (VA).

    21 October, 2021

    Well, that all depends on who you ask. Generally speaking, yes, virtual assistants are employees. However, if you want to get down to specifics, the answer changes depending on whether or not the VA is reimbursed for their time worked. If they are getting paid for their work hours than they are working as an employee would. If not than they might be classified as a contract worker/business partner depending of how formal your agreement is with them and other factors such as whether you provide a work space and tools necessary for them to do their job or not among others things. I am still developing this answer so I will be back soon with more information looking forward.

    21 October, 2021


    Virtual assistants are not employees. A virtual assistant, as the name implies, is an independent contractor who provides services to clients such as these. The purpose of such a position is to provide the client with administrative and organizational help--not to provide them with physical service which would usually be categorized as employment. As such, because they do not receive any compensation from the company but instead charge a fee for their work so long as it aligns with previously established qualifications and employer expectations | because they answer only to me | because I am under no obligation to inform my employer of what hours I work | because if you have ownership over your life time is all that matters.

    21 October, 2021

    Yes. In the US, virtual assistants are considered to be employees in 50% of cases. This is because they have a set duty that requires work with the business - often taking up hours of their time on a daily basis. For this reason, virtual assistants will either need to charge an hourly rate for their work or else share some of the cost profits generated by the assistant's generated business with the assistant in order for them not to feel exploited in their role.