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Protect Your Business From a Whistleblower

What is a whistleblower?

A whistleblower is a person who exposes a private or public organization’s confidential information or activity that is considered illegal, unethical, or incorrect. Whistleblowers report organizations that break the law, engage in fraud or corruption, or pose a threat to public interest or national security—but also, violations of company rules and policies as stated in legal documents such as corporate bylaws or LLC regulations may constitute grounds for whistleblower allegations. Laws are in place to protect whistleblowers from facing legal, criminal, and social repercussions, regardless of whistleblowing classification as public or private. Laws are in place to protect whistleblowers from facing legal, criminal, and social repercussions, regardless of whistleblowing classification as public or private.

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS FROM A WHISTLEBLOWER

Companies cannot use any clause, term, or provision that prohibits whistleblowers from reporting any illegal, unethical, or incorrect information, practices, or activities; confidentiality agreements do not trump a whistleblower’s rights. The best way to protect your company from a whistleblower is to be aware of and follow constitutional, criminal, and employment laws—among others that pertain to your business and legal jurisdiction. Certain industries have more potential risk for whistleblower claims than others; healthcare businesses, non-profits, and government contractors. A proactive method of protecting yourself against whistleblowing is to implement a complaint policy that outlines how matters will get handled. Make it easy for them—even incentivize transparency for them to come forward about their concerns with you instead of a third party.

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If you have a whistleblower case on your hands, do not fire or demote that person, don’t ignore, reprimand, deny, or exclude an employee; don’t treat him or her any differently from the rest of your employees. Remember, the best way to protect your company from a whistleblower is to know the law. If you are a member of our General Counsel Club, you can call (800) 734-9900 for unlimited legal, business, credit, and tax advice; legal knowledge is one of the best insurance policies you can get.

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Corporation Resolution Forms and Corporate Minutes

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Corporation Resolution Form

A corporation resolution form is a legal document that directors of a corporation adopt to document consent and agreement between all relevant parties to a corporate resolution. Items of the corporation resolution form includes the date, time, location of the board of directors’ meeting, details of the decisions and resolutions made, including the names and signatures of those responsible and authorized to act in accordance with the agreement.

Corporation resolution forms are also known as corporate organizational minutes and resolutions. The corporate minutes benefit you in a variety of business and legal matters, such as borrowing money, raising capital, IRS audits, preventing shareholder or director disputes and claims, while ensuring that critical business information gets organized properly and stored with your other company records.

To create your organizational minutes/corporation resolution form, we have two available options:

1. Get our Corporate Kit for $29.95, which includes:

  • Corporate Organizational Minutes and Resolutions
  • Corporate Book and Seal with Slip Case Cover
  • Corporate Bylaws
  • Corporate Ownership Register
  • Banking Resolution
  • Stock Certificates
  • Legal and Business Attorney Advice
  • Preliminary Name Search

For only $29.95, we’ll provide you with a complete corporate kit (company records book and seal); preparing your bylaws (which establish the rules of your corporation), organizational minutes, ownership register, banking resolution, business name search, and stock certificates. Our corporate kit package not only includes the preparation of these complex legal documents, but our attorneys will render free legal, business formation, credit, and tax advice to help you achieve the best outcomes for those aspects of your business. We use a high-quality vinyl binder with a slipcase cover and a custom-made corporate seal to present your corporation as an organized, professional, and reliable entity to do business with to any future lenders, investors, and partners.

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2. Get a General Counsel Club membership for $139.95 per year, which includes:

  • Preparation of the notice and Minutes of your corporation’s annual meeting of shareholders or members and directors.
  • Unlimited Legal, Business, Credit, and Tax advice from our attorneys.
  • Availability of Registered Agent Service with Attorney-Client Privilege.
  • Entitlement to an advertisement for up to one year on our client bulletin board on our website.
  • Review of all mandatory state filings.
  • Access to our newsletter, “Entrepreneur’s Alert.”

View complete details and ordering information at www.AmeriLawyer.com/gcc

If you place your order online, you will be provided with a link to our annual meeting worksheet. We will use the worksheet to prepare the notice and minutes of your annual meeting. The preparation of these documents normally takes two weeks. We will e-mail them to you in a PDF format for you print, sign, and keep with your other company records.

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Company Resolution Form

The contents in a corporate bylaws document may be of influence to the decisions made in the corporate resolutions form. For this reason, we recommend that entrepreneurs look to an attorney for the preparation of custom bylaws. This way, you can establish the rules of your corporation before any board of director meetings and ensure that all present are on the same page. Corporation resolution forms bind all signatory directors to the responsibility and authority of carrying out the corporate resolution. A chosen secretary of the corporation certifies and signs that the time, date, location, directors, meeting decisions, and resolutions are true and correct.

Please note that corporation resolution forms are important legal documents that may get required in important business matters, such as opening corporate bank accounts or doing business with investment firms. It may also get used when another entity such as a bank requires verification of who the authorized party members are.
If you’re on the fence about any of the legal or business matters discussed here (or any), please call our office for a free attorney consultation at (800) 603-3900.

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Independent Contractor Agreements | Create Custom Agreements

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What is an Independent Contractor Agreement?

An independent contractor agreement is a contract between a company and an individual service provider used to establish the terms of a project-based or temporary employment. The agreement outlines the services provided by the independent contractor and the fees paid by the company for completion. It may also include conditions and provisions corresponding to liability, legal rights, confidentiality, and applicable jurisdiction.

Independent contractors are responsible for things that full-time employees typically aren’t, such as paying income tax (it doesn’t automatically come out of the check like regular employment), using their tools (unless the company provides them), and getting health insurance.

Independent contractor agreements are designed to protect the rights and interests of both the contractor and the hiring company, providing clear descriptions of the projects or responsibilities and the details of deadlines, expected quality or outcomes, and payment schedule. Independent contractor agreements also incorporate conditions related to intellectual property, authority, equipment, training, benefits, and the duration of contract.

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Benefits of an Independent Contractor Agreement for an Employer or Company

Independent contractor agreements let companies fill necessary yet temporary positions without having to hire a full or part-time employee while avoiding the need to provide training or supplies. Independent contractors typically have more urgency and reason (as entrepreneurs) to provide a higher quality of service to warrant earning continued business. A well-written agreement will protect both companies and independent contractors from liabilities and lawsuits by clearly specifying respective roles, duties, payments, deadlines, and dispute resolution, among other procedures relative to the project and working relationship.

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Important Notes: What to look for in an agreement if you’re an Independent Contractor

If you’re an independent contractor receiving an agreement from an employer, there are several things that you want to look for and understand:

  • Make sure they classify you as an independent contractor and not as an employee; employees may be entitled to benefits and different tax obligations.
  • Agreement defines the nature of the work to be completed.
  • Details a list and number of all the supplies, tools, materials, and other items that will get used towards the completion of the project.
  • States the exact address of the location where the project will get worked on, finished, and delivered.
  • Describes the development process, a schedule of when and how tasks will get delivered, and systems in place to resolve missed deadlines.
  • Who will be the point of contact for both parties? When and where will you have meetings?
  • How will potential issues or disputes be resolved? Through alternative dispute resolution or litigation? Are there any provisions in regards to a breach of contract for either party?
  • Presents the metrics used to accurately gauge the development and completion of each task or project.
  • States any active, relevant licenses and insurance the independent contractor may have.
  • Terms for intellectual property and its ownership, along with a non-disclosure clause to prevent the other party from disclosing information to competitors.
  • Sets the completion or termination of the agreement; will it be after a specified duration or date? Or will it be after project completion? Can the agreement end early and following what conditions?

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Types of Independent Contractor Agreements

Independent contractor agreements come in numerous forms, depending on the relevant industry, jurisdiction, and scope of services. Here is a list of some of the types of independent contractor agreements and their alternative names:

  • Freelance Contracts
  • Consultant Agreements
  • Consulting Services Agreements
  • General Contractor Agreements
  • Subcontractor Agreements
  • Service Level Agreements

For a big list of independent contractor agreements, check out our service level agreements or our general agreements page. You may also call our office at (800) 603-3900 for a free consultation and quote on a custom agreement for your services and independent contractor business.

Advantages and Disadvantages of an Independent Contractor Agreement

Being an independent contractor comes with several advantages and disadvantages, depending on the terms and provisions within the agreement; which is why you should hire a lawyer to write one for you. Here are some of the pros and cons:

Advantages

  • Free to operate within the rules and guidelines that you set for your business.
  • A potentially vast network of clients instead of being employed by just one; losing a client has a minimal effect compared to getting fired by a full-time employer.
  • Be your boss; answer to no one, only your results.
  • Independent contractors may be entitled to own copyrights of the content they created—whereas content created as an employee belongs to the employer, but ultimately depends on the terms or lack thereof within the contract.

Advantages for Independent Contractors that Incorporate

An independent contractor that incorporates instead of functioning as a sole proprietorship (not recommended!) gains additional benefits and advantages than the few outlined above, such as:

Limited Liability and Asset Protection

Limited liability and asset protection—which means that you will be personally exempt from all debts and claims placed on your business; only your corporation or limited liability company will be liable, and your assets will be out of reach.

Business Tax Deductions

Tax deductions—among other tax advantages; being able to deduct business expenses related to travel, equipment, home office use, company meetings, car leases, and other tax-deductible commodities. Operating as an unincorporated independent contractor will not allow you the tax benefits from starting a corporation or forming an LLC, operating as a separate legal entity.

Professional Marketing Framework

Enables a more professional framework for marketing and branding yourself. A business that operates under a legal entity such as a corporation or a limited liability company gets perceived as more credible and reputable by both public and private interests. Depending on how you use it, a corporation or company will have an easier time acquiring clients, investors, shareholders and hiring quality staff.

Privacy and Anonymity

Privacy and anonymity—another great advantage gained from incorporating or forming a company if you’re an independent contractor; you can provide services, do business, sign contracts, and operate under your company or corporation’s legal name. You can also create alternate names for your entity (also known as fictitious names or DBAs) to enable further potential and flexibility for privacy, anonymity, and branding.

Disadvantages

As an independent contractor, there may be disadvantages relevant to your business:

  • A red flag on the IRS’ computer algorithm may show up if the independent contractor reports over $10,000 in earnings, or if the bulk of their revenue comes from one source; causing them to wonder whether you’re an independent worker or an employee of the company getting misclassified.
  • Employee misclassifications are a common illicit practice for employers looking to avoid taxation.
  • You may have to bring your tools, equipment, and materials as an independent contractor. If you do business under a corporation or company, at least you can write off supplies and other costs like vehicle and travel business expenses as valid tax deductions.
  • You’re responsible for paying all taxes versus an employee who only pays the employee portion. Self-employment taxes are not withheld and have to be declared voluntarily by the independent contractor.
  • No benefits, worker’s compensation, health or life insurance; an independent contractor is responsible for acquiring those themselves.
  • Depending on your jurisdiction, there may be more regulations and stricter policies in place for independent contractors versus regular employees.

Please note that hiring an attorney to incorporate and write a custom Independent Contractor Agreement may reduce or completely shield you from the impact of those disadvantages. Call us for a free consultation and quote to reveal how you can cover any legal, business, credit, and tax vulnerabilities associated with your business.

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My attorney for 30 years. They really do more than just set up corporations. I needed somebody to help me out of a serious legal matter they were able to take on the case for less than 1/2 of what the other attorney was charging me. Become a member of their Club it's like a hundred forty bucks a year and you get all the free legal advice you want. What a cheap insurance policy. I am so glad that I have them on my side.
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