Field offices (FOs) should use Form SSA-7160 to develop the issue of an employer-employee relationship, except where the worker
is an officer of a corporation. We generally consider an officer of a corporation
to be an employee of the corporation. Form SSA-7160 is a questionnaire that obtains
information from the worker and the alleged employer to determine the worker's employment
status under the common-law control test and the occupational group test.
We encourage FOs to use this form to gather comprehensive information to develop the
employment relationship, then fax and store the SSA-7160, or other documentation,
in the Non-Disability Repository for Evidentiary Documents (NDRED). FOs may solicit information by other means, as long as they obtain complete facts.