Imcloser, where are you located? Are you in Texas? As for late docs, when you accept the assignment, let the hiring party know what your drop dead time to receive docs is. Tell them if the docs are late then the appointment will be late. You're not their employee - you're an independent contractor. They can't give you orders like they would an employee. Look up Independent Contractors on the IRS website. There are certain things a company cannot do when hiring an IC, otherwise, the IC would be considered an employee and the company would have to pay employment taxes.