I'm a full-time college student, and I try to make a little money by doing temp work during school breaks. Over the Christmas holidays, I got a seasonal job at a retail clothing chain. But when I showed up for work, they told me I would be an independent contractor and would be paid on a 1099. When I agreed to take a job, I signed a temporary employment contract, agreeing that the job would last for only a month and I wouldn't be eligible for health insurance. Is a temporary employee the same thing as an independent contractor?