One of the online universities that I've done curriculum development and course facilitation for (since 2008) sent us (by snail mail) written contracts today. Until now, we've digitally signed course contracts on a course by course basis. This contract runs July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. My title remains "Adjunct Professor." Compensation remains the same. The course-by-course (no tenure, no guarantees, etc) scheduling remains the same. EVERYTHING remains the same. Except for one thing. "Appointee is and shall remain an independent contractor with respect to all Services performed under this Agreement, and shall assume all risks attendant thereto. Appointee agrees to and does hereby accept full and exclusive liability for the payment of any and all contributions or taxes for, by way of example and not limitation, social security, unemployment insurance, retirement or medical benefits, pensions, or annuities, now or hereafter imposed under any state or federal law or regulation, that may be measured by compensation paid or work performed under the terms of this Agreement. Appointee further agrees to comply with lawful rules and regulations and to meet all lawful requirements which are now, or hereafter may be, issued or promulgated by any duly authorized state or federal official or legislative body. Appointee acknowledges and agrees that the university is interested only in the Services, and the conduct and control of Appointee's performance of this Agreement and provision of the Services will be solely within the reasonable discretion of Appointee. Nothing contained in this Agreement shall be deemed or construed to place the Parties in the relationship of partners, joint venturers, principal-agents, or employer-employee, it being understood that the Parties are and will remain independent contractors in all respects and neither party shall have any right to legally obligate or bind the other in any manner." So... how does this work? How can they change our status while keeping titles, pay and expectations the same? I thought that there were legal reasons that I've been an employee all these years at all these schools. What practical ramifications will there be if all of my employers follow suit? What benefit do they receive? Any benefit for me? Full disclosure: I've been considering resigning this school for a while as it's undergrad-only and relatively low paying. I stay for lower-than-average facilitation wages because the curriculum development (which I haven't done for years) has been higher-than-average. Thanks for your insights.