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Hiring an independent contractor: Considerations

Your business may benefit from working with an independent contractor. If so, you need to know what to do to hire this person and keep the correct documentation. It's much easier to work with an independent contractor than to hire an employee. There are only a few documents that you need to collect, but getting them is very important.

You won't need to set up payroll taxes for the individual, because he or she will pay taxes on his or her own. You do still need to obtain the person's tax ID and determine if he or she is qualified to take on the job.

What is formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is a dangerous chemical. It can irritate the lungs and lead to nosebleeds, scratchy eyes and sore throats. It can lead to the development of cancers in the body and may make existing breathing conditions worse.

Formaldehyde is found in industrial settings, but it's also located in places you may come into contact with on a regular basis. For example, nail salons may expose workers and clients to unsafe levels of formaldehyde or other carcinogens.

The consequences of failing to dissolve a business in New Jersey

Businesses close for a myriad of reasons. When a New Jersey business decides to cease operation, it is essential to formally dissolve the business with the Department of the Treasury. Failure to take formal dissolution steps invites future liabilities for business taxes and penalties for the business and any shareholders.

Dissolution of an LLC or a corporation

Motorists concerned about distracted driving risks

Is there any good news about the problem of distracted driving here in the United States? There may be some, as the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that drivers are aware of the problem and are concerned.

The foundation's yearly Traffic Safety Culture Index indicated 88 percent of motorists perceive distracted driving to be an increasing problem, ahead of other driving dangers such as aggressive driving (68 percent), drugged driving (55 percent) and driving while intoxicated (43 percent).

What type of business should you start?

You want to run your own company, but you know that it's important to take the proper legal steps, right from the beginning. You've never done this before, so you're interested in the different types of businesses you can start and the different benefits that they provide.

Below are a few benefits of a sole proprietorship, a limited liability company and a partnership.

Is it time to hire a business attorney?

The United States has become a nation of entrepreneurs and start-ups, thanks in large part to the gig economy and the rise of the independent contractor, niche markets and artisanal products.

If you're among the many who have found their passion (and, hopefully, their fortune) doing what they love, it could be time to run a few things by a business attorney.

Family sues landlord after 9-year-old dies

A 9-year-old boy was tragically killed last October, and now his family is suing the landlord of the building where he died.

The boy was on a balcony on the building's second floor, roughly 13 feet above the ground. He fell from that balcony to his death.

Reviewing a business contract before you sign

You know better than to sign your name blindly to any contract , but do you know exactly what problems you should really be looking for when you start your review?

Eventually, reviewing a business contract will be something that you can do easily. When you're still fairly new to the process, remember to ask the following questions.

Texting and driving: A serious problem without a good solution

Driving is something most people do almost every day. In fact, it can become so routine that we hardly process the fact that we are operating an incredibly powerful vehicle weighing thousands of pounds. We can also forget just how deadly these machines can be when they crash.

Because of this disconnect, people take unnecessary risks while driving without recognizing or caring about the fact that they are putting lives in danger. One such risk is texting while driving, which remains a serious problem in New Jersey. Unfortunately, there is no easy solution.

Woman killed when car backs over her twice

A woman in New Jersey was killed when she was run over not just once, but twice, by the same SUV.

The vehicle was a Jeep Cherokee, which is a full-sized SUV. It was backing out of a driveway as the woman was apparently walking behind it. This was right around 9:44 in the morning; that's when the call came in to police.

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