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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Risks of Misclassifying Independent Contractors

For those participating my National Business Institute presentation on Dealing with Independent Contractors, here are several of the documents I will be discussing:

the May 28, 2010 Illinois FedEx Decision holding that drivers are employees under Illinois law

the  August 11, 2010 Kansas FedEx Decision holding that drivers are independent contractors under Kansas law

the Sample FedEx Operating Agreement

Do You Really Need that Employee Policy?

I enjoyed reading the new book Rework, by 37 Signals founders Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, which is filled with straight-forward tips for running a successful company.  Regarding employment policies, they say: The second something goes wrong, the natural tendency is to create a policy.  “Someone’s wearing shorts?”  We need a dress code!”  No,… Continue Reading