The pandemic changed the way we work. It led to a rise in outsourcing, and it changed the way we run our businesses and the way we contract staff. Self-employed workers are on the rise and so is the number of companies outsourcing services. As a result, employees resourted to working from home and companies had no option but to adapt. A non-disclosure agreement had to be drafted for internal staff working from home. But outsourced staff were ahead of the game.
Self-employment has proved to be cost effective for many businesses during the pandemic. What was convenient to businesses is that self-employed workers were ahead of the game, so to speak. They were already prepared with ideal conditions to carry out work in their own homes. Not just furniture and equipment but also essentials such as adequate cyber security and a non-disclosure agreement for each client.
Contrary to popular belief, outsourced staff or self-employed can be liable for any breaches of contract or terms of agreement. Self-employed workers are responsible for their own taxes, pensions, NI, sick leave and holidays. They are also responsible also for maintaining rules and regulations set out in a non-disclosure agreement with their client or clients. The NDA can also include GDPR rules and cyber security. Failure to comply with these results in liability.
Business lawyers draft non-disclosure agreements. Workers who have been self-employed for a considerable time, know fully well the importance of a NDA with their clients. But clients also know how vital it is to have something in writing to protect their business. Often outsourced workers will present a client with an NDA but the client will add or make amendments to the document prior to signing it.
Please get in touch with us if you are outsourcing staff and need to present them with a non-disclosure agreement. If the service provider has prepared the NDA, we would like to hear from you. We can review the agreement and suggest amendments to protect your business. SG
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