Depending on the specifics of your engagement with an individual service provider, purchases and payments may involve either the requisition/PO process or the Non-PO payment process. However, the first step is to ensure the individual should be a contractor rather than hired as an employee.
Assuming the individual will be a contractor, the Services Agreement provides the most legal protections and provides the best approach to ensuring suppliers meet departmental and project objectives. However, other alternatives may be available. Consider the following:
A Services Agreement is required when any of the following conditions apply:
- The services require a licensed provider
- A vehicle is integral to the work to be performed
- There is risk of injury or property damage
- The service is not academic in nature
- Insurance is required