Independent Contractor Misclassification

The internet and mobile applications have completely revolutionized the way companies do business. In turn, a new and increasingly popular business model has emerged – the gig economy, also known as, the on-demand economy. This business model allows business owners the opportunity to avoid all of the red-tape that comes with hiring employees. Instead, the business owners rely on independent contractors as the primary service provider. By utilizing this model, companies are able to avoid significant tax and other liabilities every year. While this is an extremely smart business model that may yield savings for a company, improper classification may result in a compliance nightmare and have d

What is Intellectual Property Anyway?

(Drafted for a non-legal audience) Intellectual property (“IP”) protects intangible creations of the human mind, such as inventions, literary and artistic works, designs, symbols, brand names, images, and business methods and processes. The most common forms of IP are copyrights, trademarks, patents, and trade secrets. COPYRIGHTS A copyright protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. The Copyright Act grants the copyright owner the exclusive rights to: reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords; prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted wor

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