W-2 or 1099 – You Decide

Category: Career Best Practices


MSG Staffing gives nurses the power to choose when, where and how often they work, usually right in the palm of their hands by our easy-to-use app. When one of our CNAs, LPNs, or RNs claims a shift with us, they are their W-2 hired employee. We have chosen not to offer 1099 options to our healthcare workers and here are 3 main reasons why.

1. 1099 contractors must manage their payroll taxes.

When you choose a staffing agency that does 1099, you’re responsible for managing your payroll taxes throughout the year. That means your weekly/biweekly checks will be bigger in size, but at tax time you will need to pay all the taxes that would usually have been taken out in a lump sum. This could be a huge problem if you don’t correctly estimate your taxes or if you don’t set money aside for your taxes. Being a W-2 employee, you don’t have to do any of this. Your employer withholds a specified amount, which you determine, from each one of your paychecks to cover your taxes. Making it easier to manager.

2. W-2 employees can have access to company benefits

Being a W-2 employee, you will have access to the company benefits such as health insurance, life insurance, paid time off, etc. These are additional benefits that you can access and use when needed. Having a benefits package, you can fall back on is so important and it shows that the employer is invested in not only your overall health, but your future and happiness as well.

3. W-2 employees are protected

If you’re a W-2 employee, the law protects you from many things that a 1099 contractor is not safe from. Things like minimum wage, worker’s compensation insurance, unemployment insurance, and overtime protection are just a few of the major ones that you are protected with. As a 1099 contractor, you must find and provide your own type of insurances which can be a huge pain and a time waster.

We at MSG Staffing want all our healthcare providers know and feel like they are apart of our team, that is why we have chosen to do W-2 instead of offering 1099 options. We believe that having all these securities and benefits is more important than having the freedom to do it on your own time. If you are ready to be apart of a team that cares and that helps you like the best life possible, come work with MSG Staffing.


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