Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Tip for independent workers: No contract, no work

The “no contract no work” mantra of the union world has some meaning in the independent contracting world, as the Jobs Section of the Washington Post Sunday Mary 4 led off with an article by Vickie Elmer, “Play it safe; don’t start a job without a contract”. The item does not seem to live online yet.

The tips include getting the terms of the job in some written form, even if an email. Independent contractors have little protection from labor and non-discrimination laws, although they have some protection if employed through a staffing company. And contractors can run into problems with non-compete clauses, which should be limited.

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