The status of independent contractors is one of the fundamental dividing lines in today's economy. Independent contractors receive no benefits. If it snows (and lord knows, it has snowed), contractors are not paid for missed days. There is no paid vacation, no paid sick leave, no retirement. In a word, independent contractors receive nothing beyond a raw payment for services rendered. So it matters a lot if a worker is paid as an independent contractor, but functions more like an employee.
There's a lot of buzz about blockchain and its potential to disrupt many industries, but if you're like many business people, it's one of those confusing future tech developments that you haven't given a lot of thought to yet. It's an important development that should be on your radar - so we're offering some introductory thoughts to get you up to speed.
We all know that workers comp is the "exclusive remedy" for employees who are injured on the job. Comp is "no fault;" you cannot sue your employer for work-related injuries. While this is almost universally true, there are a few rare exceptions - which leads us to the football locker room of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Plugging your phone or laptop into a public charging kiosk or using an unfamiliar charging cable can expose your device to malicious software stored on the cable itself. This malware runs the gamut from sniffer software that installs itself invisibly then watches what you do with your device and reports your actions to a third-party that slurps down your private data (contacts, photos, files, and passwords) while your device is juicing up.
March is when folks start thinking about home repairs and tackling the tasks left undone over the cold months. Offer some home, auto, motorcycle, and boat maintenance tips to get people started off on the right foot. We suggest a variety of events and links for social media themes this month.