As a business owner, it's inevitable that you'll face minor conflicts and disputes at some point. Whether it's a client who refuses to pay a bill or an independent contractor who fails to fulfill the terms of their agreement, dealing with such issues is a simple fact of doing business. However, given the time and expense involved, filing a lawsuit in civil court to resolve such minor disputes typically isn't helpful, so taking it to small claims court may be your best option.
As more and more businesses take advantage of the benefits of using independent contractors (ICs) in lieu of full-time employees, the line between worker classification can get easily blurred. Though independent contractors can give your company an edge in today's "gig economy", but misclassifying your workers can cause you big-time in penalties, including fines, back taxes, and unpaid benefits.
Hiring independent contractors (ICs) can be an essential way to boost productivity and streamline your resources, especially during the startup phase, when you have limited access to capital and can't afford to hire a full roster of employees. Even after your operation grows beyond its fledgling period, contractors are often vital for completing one-off projects or rounding out your team during hectic periods.
The California Senate passed AB5 that addresses the “employment status” of workers when the hiring entity claims the worker is an independent contractor and not an employee. If you are an independent contractor in California, there are some steps you can take immediately to bolster your position as an independent contractor. Read here to learn more and understand its applicability to you, as either an independent contractor or a business owner who hires independent contractors.
When considering engaging a social media influencer to leverage social media in enhancing your business's engagement and reach, it is critically important to keep in mind that legal issues may arise during the various stages of a relationship. Taking the right steps to lay a proper foundation for a successful working relationship is important to navigate potential legal issues that could arise. Read here to know the three key things you must keep in mind.
They say the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is the biggest overhaul of the US tax system in 30 years. The impact will spread far and wide, starting with a significant cut in the corporate rate from 35% to 21% and lower levies on repatriating overseas profits. Yet, like the rest of us, you're probably wondering, "So, what does that have to do with me?" Even with the biggest impact aimed at businesses, there are still several changes to the personal income tax laws, and we highlight them here just for you!
You might think confidentiality in an investigation would be critical to respecting the privacy of those being investigated, but that's not necessarily the case in workplace investigations. In many states, employees have the right to discuss workplace investigations and employers can't make blanket rules restricting that right. There is some confidentiality when needed under certain circumstances and for certain workers, but not always. See what we've learned from the most recent ruling.