Although labor law deals with legal regulation resulting from an employment agreement, independent contractors cannot be disassociated from the scope of subjects of every day labor law. The employment status of independent contractors means that they are used for the provision of highly technical and specialized services and requires a comprehensive planning strategy for proper decision-making, regarding whether or not it is convenient to contract externally for activities which have been done internally by the company in the past, with a rigorous analysis of the consequence of the loss of control of this activity.
One of the great challenges facing labor law in Colombia is the need to reorganize its instruments of legal and judicial protection, while bearing in mind the social, economic and administrative reality, and in some way to protect legally autonomous labor providers (independent contractors), whose situation is similar to that of a subordinate employee. Leaving independent contractors to exclusively civil/commercial protection may be insufficient, and the law in general must seek to protect the work, regardless of whether it is subordinate or not. Consequently, we applaud the recent developments mentioned above on social security matters for independent contractors. Such developments contribute to the creation of labor equality.