The short answer to the question in the headline is: yes. If you hire or are an independent contractor, you should have this type of agreement in place.
Today's workplace culture looks very different than a generation - or even a decade - ago. More specifically, recent movements like the #MeToo movement have put a spotlight on illegal sexual harassment and misconduct, causing many companies to reevaluate their approach to such complaints.
People all across California dream of cashing in on their "side-hustle," or "Passion Project " they pursue outside of their regular job. As is the case with any business venture, there is no guarantee of success, but there are people who have turned their Passion Project into a successful business.
When business disputes arise, they don't always start out as serious issues. As such, it can be tempting for owners and employers to dismiss them or hope the situation resolves itself. Unfortunately, this doesn't always happen. In these situations, something that started as a small dispute can become a major problem.
Accuracy, clarity, and specificity are crucial when it comes to drafting (or signing) a contract. Failure to prioritize these elements can lead to confusion and, in many cases, costly litigation. Recently, issues stemming from contract language and inaccuracies spurred a dispute between the operators of a stadium and a security company they hired to work events for 14 months.
If you own a business in Los Angeles, you know that maintaining successful relationships with customers, contractors, vendors and other partners is crucial. You should also know that oftentimes, these relationships and the deals that come with them are defined in writing with a contract.
Here at Baker & Associates in Los Angeles, we represent construction-industry clients like contractors and developers in a wide range of business issues, including construction contracts. Construction contracts are extremely complex with provisions about project specifications, deliverable dates, delays, insurance, materials, financing and more.