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The Legal Considerations of Using Independent Contractors

It is possible for a company to pay individuals to do work for them who are not employees. These are known as independent contractors. The relationship between the business and the independent contractor should be based on a written agreement. It will outline the expectations for the proposed work, determine a rate of pay and more. There are certain legal considerations involved with this relationship. Classification It is important that a business do everything possible to make certain an independent contractor fits the IRS classification of being one. When misclassifications have occurred, companies have been required to pay back taxes,…

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Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: Practical Advice for New Lawyers

This month, I am asking the questions. I interviewed Michelle Travis, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, a Dean’s Circle Scholar and co–director of USF’s Labor and Employment Law Program. Michelle has just written a children’s book, My Mom Has Two Jobs. And she has great advice for women in the legal profession. What made you decide to write this book? I first had the idea to write a children’s book about working moms at the end of my two maternity leaves. I felt guilty about leaving my two young daughters with someone else, but…

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How To Help Clients Avoid Lawsuits During Layoffs

Businesses face layoffs for various reasons, including economic recessions and individual performance problems. Layoffs that take place during economic downturns involve large groups of employees as companies seek to reduce operation costs. Both group and individual layoffs often present the possibility of employee lawsuits against the employers citing unfair termination of employment on various grounds. As such, employers should take all necessary precautions before coming face-to-face with a damaging suit.   Employee Contracts Prevention is always a superior strategy to finding a cure. Drawing up contracts for all employees is an excellent form of protection for the employer. The employer…

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“I can’t do this.” “They’re smarter than me.” and Other Ugly Thoughts

If you’ve ever thought… I can’t do this. These people are smarter than me. I’m not going to make it. I don’t know what I’m doing. I don’t really belong here. I’m an imposter, and someone is going to figure that out. I’m not smart enough. I wish I was that healthy/smart/put together/confident/well-dressed/successful/good at marketing. …you are not alone.  Sadly, these ugly thoughts are way too common for many of us. Fortunately, understanding them a little better can help; and you can also download this Cheatsheet for Quickly Killing Ugly Thoughts in 60 Seconds or Less. Let’s start by understanding some of…

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Why Your Law Firm Needs Good Branding

If you own or operate a law firm, then you need to improve the ways in which you do your firm's marketing. A great marketing plan can help you grow your practice and gain more clients. Without good branding or marketing, you risk losing out on major opportunities to dominate your niche. Here various aspects in which better branding can help you:   Hiring and Recruiting In today's world, new recruits are becoming harder than ever to get on board. This is because they can go with any company in the world. They are using social media and other web…

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What Makes a Case One of Medical Malpractice?

Whenever medical malpractice occurs in the healthcare setting, it happens as a result of the professional deviating from the standard of care that they should have given. This results in the injured patient filing a lawsuit. If you're that patient and you want to support a medical malpractice case, you will first need medical experts who can piece together the information for a cohesive story to support your case. The Case Quality It's important to understand that if the reliability, range and quality of the information are poor, the malpractice lawsuit won't have value. It only works if the medical…

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A Career Planning Primer

Estate planning.  Retirement planning.  Trip planning.  Family planning.  Business planning.  Anything worth doing is worth planning.  Rarely is anything accomplished overnight.  In fact, I don't think there's such a thing as overnight success.  Behind the hit song, hit movie, or ascension to CEO (or fill-in-the-blank top of your chosen field), came a lot of hard work, sacrifice and dedication.  Success in your profession doesn't happen on its own either.  A little bit of deliberation can help get you where you want to go in a more organized fashion and help keep your eye on the prize when you're feeling disoriented…

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Women Lawyers Are Not Equal

Women lawyers are not equal — at least not in the private sector.  Plain and simple.  I know that you do not expect to hear this from me nor do you want to hear this from me, but it is true. Equality is defined as “the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.”  If you compare private sector female lawyers to private sector male lawyers on issues of status and opportunities, you begin to see the inequality.  (“Rights” are derived from constitutional law and legislation and are not addressed here.  But, if you want a history of women’s rights in America,…

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Tips On Motivating Yourself When You Feel Like You Are Not Good Enough

Having a bad day can certainly rock your confidence. Especially if you recently had a few of those. People in this situation delve into the darkness, doing some of the worst things that they should do during those times – comparing themselves, wallowing about not being perfect, giving up and so on.  However, there are much healthier ways to handle these feelings. You need to motivate yourself and focus on getting better.  Here are some tips for when you truly need some motivation and you feel like you are not good enough.  1. Focus on progress Instead of constantly focusing…

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Four Ways Women Lawyers Are Treated Differently

Sadly, there are many subtle gender bias and communication issues out there that can hold us back, and until we’re able to eliminate those issues from our profession, it’s important to be aware. Here are four examples to keep in mind: The expectations of your behavior are different. Stereotypes cause people (both men and women) to unconsciously expect different behavior from women. For example, men are expected to be ambitious, competitive, and to aggressively pursue their goals. Women are expected to be caring and sensitive to others. Behaving outside of those expectations can hurt you. When men behave in an…

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