A California lawsuit against Uber just got a whole lot busier. On September 1st, U.S. District Court Judge Edward Chen granted class-action status to a suit brought by three Uber drivers, who are alleging the ride-share company misclassified them as independent contractors instead of full-fledged employees. Read more
Congratulations! Your business is growing, and you’re ready to hire your first employee. You’ve moved beyond the legal netherworld of independent contracting, and it’s time to establish a formal employee relationship. This article will help you answer some common questions that tend to percolate around hiring your first employee. Read more
As a startup or small business, hiring interns seems appealing. You need the help but don’t have the budget to pay an employee. And the intern gets valuable experience and training. It’s a win-win, right? Not quite. Hiring interns as a for-profit business can carry a lot of risk.
A contract for services serves several important purposes. It establishes legal rights and obligations of each party to the contract, sets out the expectations for each party, and addresses how issues that may arise will be handled. But in order for the contract to effectively serve these goals, it must include the appropriate terms (also known as clauses, sections, provisions, etc.). Below is a list of ten important contract terms that should be considered in every contract for services. Note that this list is not in not in any particular order, and it is not an exhaustive list of contract terms to be included in a service contract. In addition, some terms may go by different names; what is important is not the name used for the contract term but its legal effect.
Good news… your business or organization has more work than you can handle on your own! Now it’s time to hire some help. But before you dive in, there are important issues to consider in terms of the laws that will apply to employees vs independent contractors. Read more