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How to deal with Sub Conractors?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by cutman2000, Apr 21, 2012.

  1. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    Should I ask him/them to wear my shirt? Should he/they be allowed to wear their logo shirts? I don't have the proper tools to give a client what she wants(one time job for her), so I'm thinking of getting someone do this for me. If I decide to use this guy continuously, which this particular guy has his own company also, should I list him on my site as an employee?
  2. Dbry12

    Dbry12 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 50

    He is not an employee so dont list him on your site as one. Hes strictly a contractor unless you put him on regular payroll. As for the shirts, that could go either way. Ive worked for contractors that required us to wear their uniform and some that dont. Personally, i would require a dress code for them so they dont look trashy on your job sites but they could wear their shirts.
  3. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,476

    Where I am, a subcontractor is covered by, and their work governed under my companies workers compensation insurance while they are on my site.

    Put another way...

    While working on a site where I am the prime contractor, any screw up or injury by the sub-contractor or their employees is levied against my companies workers compensation, not the sub-contractors compensation.

    We should all be researching our local regulations. Ignorance of the laws is no excuse.
    Last edited: Apr 21, 2012
  4. grandview (2006)

    grandview (2006) LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,465

    Some guys I use wear company shirts others don't. As long as they do what needs to be done I don't care.
  5. lkendall

    lkendall LawnSite Member
    Messages: 157

    you can ask him to wear one, and if not just give them a dress code, they are still representing your company
  6. GreenI.A.

    GreenI.A. LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,131

    We do a lot of our work as a sub contractor. It is not uncommon for us to wear another contractors shirts or jackets while working on one of their sites. One I fert for requires us to have a magnetic sign with their name on the truck says "contractor for XXXX Landscapeing"
  7. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    Green Industry Associates:This is actually what I had in mind.
  8. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    Pay them on time!
  9. cutman2000

    cutman2000 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 218

    ...huh? What are you talking about?
  10. Cadzilla

    Cadzilla LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 903

    It's my opinion that you should make it perfectly clear to your client that you are using a sub contractor to perform certain or specific work.

    Your insurance man would never let you ask them to wear your clothing or represent themselves as members of your organization.

    Furthermore, the clients insurance company and auditors would not either unless we are talking about Grandma Jones lawn or something.

    I do a fair amount of Lawn Care for local Lawn Mowing outfits and would never dream of wearing their shirts or putting stickers of theirs on my truck.

    You need to be upfront with your clientele.

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