Outsource Law and Legal Definition
Outsource is a term used to describe the business practice of using independent contractors to perform work that used to be performed by workers in a traditional employer-employee relationship. Outsourcing often connotes employing services of lower wage employees in foreign countries,
Outsourcing has become a controversial topic in an economy suffering from a loss of jobs. In 2004, numerous state legislatures, as well as the U.S. Congress, debated bills that focused on trying to prevent or limit outsourcing in some form or other, particularly with respect to public contracts and services. Some measures seek to require that state contracts be performed within the U.S., by U.S. citizens and/or by authorized workers in U.S. Others offer preferences or incentives to businesses restricting outsourcing activities, while others seek restrictions on the transmission of personally identifiable information abroad.