Is Your Contractor an Employee and Why it Matters?

One mistake startups make, particularly in the tech sector, is to misclassify employees as independent contractors.  Employees come with costs – tax withholding; paying Social Security, Medicare and unemployment taxes; overtime (where appropriate) and even benefits – that are absent with independent contractors. The IRS emphasizes that if the business controls what work is accomplished and directs…

Uber Enters FTC Consent Decree Over Failure to Protect Consumer Data

In 2014, press reports revealed that Uber employees improperly accessed riders’ personal information using an internal company tool called the “God View.”  To respond to the controversy, Uber posted this statement on its site:   Uber has a strict policy prohibiting all employees at every level from accessing a rider or driver’s data. The only…

It’s Time to Speak Up to Save Your Internet

  It’s Time to Speak Up to Save Your Internet Today is the Internet-Wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality, in which more than 50,000 people, sites, and organizations, including Amazon, Etsy Facebook, Google, Kickstarter, Mozilla, Netflix, OK Cupid, Reddit, Twitter and Vimeo, will demonstrate to oppose the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) plan to…