The federal government has specific definitions of what constitutes an employee and what is a contractor. Trucking's business model involves significant use of contractors, but is that the right classification for these drivers? A carrier that incorrectly labels a driver as a contractor may be subject to legal action, penalties and remuneration of back pay. The Dept. of Labor has a 6-question test, entitled the "Economic Realities Test" to help businesses determine the correct classification for employees. In this slideshow, you can see the questions and answers for yourself to help you avoid legal trouble.