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When Washington DC Employers are Responsible for Independent Contract Actions

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

In most cases, an employer is not responsible for the illegal activities and actions of the independent contractors they work with. However, if specific conditions are present, like delegating tasks that should not be given to an independent contractor, or a direct connection to the activities, they could be held accountable. Business owners need… Read More »

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Understanding Differences Between Employees and Independent Contractors in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When it comes to hiring an employee or an independent contractor for your business, it’s important to understand the differences between them so you don’t misclassify them. This could open you up to potential labor law claims. If you have questions about hiring someone for your business, it’s important to speak with a Washington… Read More »

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Common Legal Problems with Washington DC Employment Contracts

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Employment contracts can be great for some employers and specific jobs. However, even the best contract can have some legal risks involved in some situations, like a breach of contract for example. If you are a business who is looking to bring on a new employee under an employment contract, it’s important to have… Read More »

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Overview of Washington DC Workers’ Compensation Laws

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As an employer in the District of Columbia, it’s important to ensure your business is fully compliant with workers’ compensation laws. Failure to adhere to all employment related laws increases your risk for potential lawsuits and expensive fines. If you run a business, no matter how small, we recommend you meet with a Washington… Read More »

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Protecting Your Business from a Wrongful Termination Claim

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Washington DC is what’s known as an “at will” employment district, which means an employer can typically let someone go from their job for any reason and at any time. While this is generally true, there are a number of federal and District of Columbia statutes that have created exemptions that would make it… Read More »

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Defending Off-the-Clock Overtime Claims in Washington DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As an employer, it’s almost inevitable that at some point, an employee will file an unpaid overtime pay or wage claim against you. Just because the burden of proof is on you as the employer, it doesn’t mean you can’t successfully defend a claim that has no merit. Off-the-Clock Overtime Claims The hardest claims… Read More »

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When an Employee Files an EEOC Claim Against You

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

As an employer, you have a duty to follow all established federal and state laws when it comes to your employees. You cannot discriminate against employees because of their race, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or the fact that they are over 40 years old. These are just a few of the items protected under… Read More »

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What to Know about Non-Compete Agreements in Washington, DC

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Non-compete agreements are typically drafted to restrict employees from taking or using any of a company’s proprietary information or existing client base with them when leave and launch their own company that directly competes with their old employer. Another potential purpose of a no-compete clause is to keep employees from going to work for… Read More »

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Can an Employee Sue their Employer for Wrongful Termination in Washington, DC?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

In the District of Columbia, employment is considered to be “at will,” which means an employee can be laid off or fired by the employer at any time, even without a specified reason. This also means an employee is free to leave the company at any time they wish. However, there are certain circumstances… Read More »

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Negotiating a Severance Agreement

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

When you have secure employment, you aren’t necessarily thinking about severance agreements. However, if you are terminated, it’s important to understand your potential rights and how to negotiate a severance agreement. What is a Severance Agreement? Severance agreements are legally enforceable agreements that can be drafted when someone is terminated from their employment. The… Read More »

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