An Overview

Recruiting the Right People

Job Descriptions

Coaching, Mentoringand Succession Planning

Dealing with Challenge and Conflict

Managing Employee Performance

Termination of Employment

Benefits and Retirement

Best Practices in the Cultural Sector

Using Competency Charts

Contracting with Independent Contractors

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Contracting with Independent Contractors

It is a myth that all contracts need to be in writing to be legally binding. Although this is true for some types of agreements (eg —assignment of copyright), verbal contracts and simple letters of agreement can be legally binding.

However, a written contract will give you greater peace of mind about the possibility of future misunderstandings. It is strongly recommended that you have a written contract for any undertaking where you are exchanging money (or an equivalent) for a product or service.

Effective contracts with independent contractors enable you to get the full benefit of this relationship while protecting your organization from potential problems.

Table of Contents

  • Benefits of Contracts
  • What Constitutes a Contract?
  • What Do You Want from a Contract?
  • Contract Drafting Tips
  • What are Boilerplate Provisions?
  • Common Contract Drafting Mistakes
  • Independent Contractor or Employee?
  • Resolving Contract Disputes
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices
    • Appendix I — Common Contract Terms
    • Appendix II — Sample Choreographer Contract
    • Appendix III — Sample Consultant Contract
    • Appendix IV — Sample Researcher Contract
    • Appendix V — Sample Performer Contract

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