Employment Law

Think your workers are independent contractors? Think again.

Many businesses prefer to classify members of their workforce as independent contractors rather than as employees because it usually seems cheaper and easier for the business to do so. However, as recent cases involving Lyft and Uber demonstrate, the consequences of misclassifying workers as independent contractors when they should have been classified (and paid) as employees can be significant, maybe even catastrophic, to your business.

FH2 Alert – New Federal Trade Secret Law Requires Changes to Your Form Agreements

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (the “DTSA”) into law. The DTSA—which went into effect immediately after being signed—creates a new right for trade secret owners to sue under federal law when their trade secrets are misappropriated. But the DTSA also requires an employer to notify its employees (including contractors and consultants) of immunity for certain permitted disclosures of a trade secret in any contract or agreement with the employee that governs the use of trade secrets or other confidential information.