For hiring employees, we need to check whether the candidate is authorized to work in the US or not. Not sure how this is taken care of by UpWork. What are my obligations as a customer when hiring freelancers on UpWork?
Upwork is a global platform and as such, people who do not reside or work in the US are allowed to use the platform to find clients.
If you want only US freelancers then you must specify that in your job posts. All US freelancers have to sign a US tax form and Upwork verifies all freelancers, but it does not guarantee the quality of their work, or reliability etc.
Freelancers are not employees, any more than clients are employers. This would imply paid vacations, health and pensions etc.
Before hiring anyone, it would be a good idea to read Upwork's Terms of Service and the help pages for clients.
@Vinny S wrote:
For hiring employees, (...)
For hiring employees. Here, you are hiring contractors. Employment regulations doesn't apply.
@Rene K wrote:Here, you are hiring contractors. Employment regulations doesn't apply.
Upwork offers also some employment services/solutions https://www.upwork.com/i/payroll-client/
"With Upwork Payroll, the worker becomes an employee of Upwork’s third-party staffing provider."
"Does Upwork Payroll screen and qualify workers?
Upwork Payroll does not provide additional vetting. However, a background check may be conducted by the Staffing Provider upon request."