My question involves using independent contractors in the state of California.
I started a cleaning business a couple of months ago, and now I'm working hard on the legal aspects.
Basically what my company does is market and get paying residential/commercial customers. Then we send out work orders to Independent contractors we hired to do the job.
But I know there are alot of huge grey areas in using Independent contractors.
Here are my questions:
1. Is a non solicitation agreement to your contractors so they won't steal your customers behind your back enforceable in the state of California? (Been hearing alot of mixed debate on this)
2. Can you deduct or charge your Independent contractors money/fees if they cost your company money? For example if they showed up late/ cancelled last minute, did a horrible job,etc... Can we enforce a policy where we charge them a certain amount of fees from their debit card/deduct money from their pay?
3. Can you pay your Independent contractors hourly? We charge our customers hourly so I really have no choice but to pay our ICs hourly as well.
4.I know giving uniforms is suppoused to be illegal to ICs. BUT, I've read in a multiple places that there are ways to enforce this procedure. I don't want them wearing our logos or anything. I just want all of them to wear a certain type of scrubs when cleaning so they don't look so unprofessional while cleaning in regular normal clothes.
Can we require them to wear scrubs? Better yet, charge them a "small marketing fee" to buy the scrubs from you so technically I'm not supplying them their "supplies"?
5.In case an Independent contractor breaks or damages something in a person's home. Who is responsible? The worker or us? Especially if the worker doesn't carry their own general liability insurance?