Independent Contractor Agreement
This Agreement between, CastingWords, LLC hereinafter referred to as "Company", located at 2144 41st St, Los Alamos, New Mexico and the "Independent Contractor", collectively referred to as the “Parties”.
Independent Contractor is engaged in providing business services and Independent Contractor represents that he or she has complied with all Federal, State, and local laws regarding business permits, licenses, reporting requirements, tax withholding requirements, and other legal requirements of any kind that may be required to carry out said business and the Scope of Work which is to be performed as an Independent Contractor pursuant to this Agreement. Independent Contractor is or remains open to conducting similar tasks or activities for entities other than the Company and holds himself or herself out to the public to be a separate business entity.
Company desires to engage and contract for the services of the Independent Contractor to perform certain tasks available on this site. Independent Contractor desires to enter into this Agreement and perform as an independent contractor for the company and is willing to do so on the terms and conditions set forth below.
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the above recitals and the mutual promises and conditions contained in this Agreement, the Parties agree as follows:
STATUS OF INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR
This Agreement does not constitute a hiring by either party. It is the parties intention that Independent Contractor shall have an independent contractor status and not be an employee for any purposes, including, but not limited to, the application of the Federal Insurance Contribution Act, the Social Security Act, the Federal Unemployment Tax Act, the provisions of the Internal Revenue Code, the State Revenue and Taxation Code relating to income tax withholding at the source of income, the Workers' Compensation Insurance Code 401(k) and other benefit payments and third party liability claims. Independent Contractor shall retain sole and absolute discretion in the manner and means of carrying out their activities and responsibilities under this Agreement. This Agreement shall not be considered or construed to be a partnership or joint venture, and the Company shall not be liable for any obligations incurred by Independent Contractor unless specifically authorized in writing. Independent Contractor shall not act as an agent of the Company, ostensibly or otherwise, nor bind the Company in any manner, unless specifically authorized to do so in writing.
Independent Contractor shall be responsible to the management and directors of Company, but Independent Contractor will not be required to follow or establish a regular or daily work schedule, Independent Contractor shall supply all necessary equipment, materials and supplies. Independent Contractor will not rely on the equipment or offices of Company for completion of tasks and duties set forth pursuant to this Agreement. Any advice given to Independent Contractor regarding the work shall be considered a suggestion only, not an instruction. Company retains the right to inspect, stop, or alter the work of Independent Contractor to assure its conformity with this Agreement.
NOTICE CONCERNING WITHHOLDING OF TAXES
Independent Contractor recognizes and understands that it will receive an IRS 1099 statement and related tax statements, and will be required to file corporate and/or individual tax returns and to pay taxes in accordance with all provisions of applicable Federal and State law. Independent Contractor hereby promises and agrees to indemnify the Company for any damages or expenses, including attorney's fees, and legal expenses, incurred by the Company as a result of independent contractor's failure to make such required payments.
The Independent Contractor must supply the Company with a valid form W9 if the reside in the US or are a US Citizen. The form is available from http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf and should be sent to: CastingWords, LLC, 2144 41st St, Los Alamos, NM, 87544.
AGREEMENT TO WAIVE RIGHTS TO BENEFITS
Independent Contractor hereby waives and foregoes the right to receive any benefits given by Company to its regular employees, including, but not limited to, health benefits, vacation and sick leave benefits, profit sharing plans, such as 401(k) plans. This waiver is applicable to all non-salary benefits which might otherwise be found to accrue to the Independent Contractor by virtue of their services to Company, and is effective for the entire duration of Independent Contractor’s agreement with Company. This waiver is effective independently of Independent Contractor’s employment status as adjudged for taxation purposes or for any other purpose.
This Agreement may be terminated prior to the completion or achievement of the Scope of Work by either party. Such termination shall not prejudice any other remedy to which the terminating party may be entitled, either by law, in equity, or under this Agreement.
NON-DISCLOSURE OF TRADE SECRETS, CUSTOMER LISTS AND OTHER PROPRIETARY INFORMATION
Independent Contractor agrees not to disclose or communicate, in any manner, either during or after Independent Contractor’s agreement with Company, proprietary information about Company, its operations, clientele, or any other proprietary information, that relate to the business of Company including, but not limited to, the names of its customers, its marketing strategies, operations, or any other information of any kind which would be deemed confidential, a trade secret, a customer list, or other form of proprietary information of Company. Independent Contractor acknowledges that the above information is material and confidential and that it affects the profitability of Company. Independent Contractor understands that any breach of this provision, or that of any other Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement, is a material breach of this Agreement. To the extent Independent Contractor feels they need to disclose confidential information, they may do so only after obtaining written authorization from [an officer] of the Company.
WORK FOR HIRE
The Independent Contractors and Company acknowledge that the Work produced for Company hereunder are “works made for hire” for Company, as defined in the United States Copyright Act, inasmuch as the Work are specifically commissioned by Company. If, for any reason, the Work is produced by Independent Contractor hereunder are not deemed to be a “work made for hire”, then the Independent Contractor agrees to assign all such rights to Company pursuant to paragraph 5 (a). The Independent Contractor hereby waives any and all moral rights in and to the Work, which Independent Contractor may acquire pursuant to this Agreement or by operation of law. Therefore, as between Independent Contractor and Company, Company shall own all of the rights comprised in the copyright in and to the Materials.
Independent Contractors shall not, during the Agreement and for a period of one year immediately following termination of this Agreement, either directly or indirectly, call on, solicit, or take away, or attempt to call on, solicit, or take away, any of the customers or clients of the Company on whom Independent Contractor called or became acquainted with during the terms of this Agreement, either for their own benefit, or for the benefit of any other person, firm, corporation or organization.
WORKS FOR HIRE
Independent Contractor agrees that the Scope of Work, all tasks, duties, results, inventions and intellectual property developed or performed pursuant to this Agreement are considered “works for hire” and that the results of said work is by virtue of this Agreement assigned to the Company and shall be the sole property of Company for all purposes, including, but not limited to, copyright, trademark, service mark, patent, and trade secret laws.
Independent Contractor is encouraged to treat all company employees, customers, clients, business partners and other affiliates with respect and responsibility. Independent Contractor is required to comply with all laws, ethical codes and company policies, procedures, rules or regulations, including those forbidding sexual harassment, discrimination, and unfair business practices.
CONTAINMENT OF ENTIRE AGREEMENT
This Agreement is an independent document and supersedes any and all other Agreements, either oral or in writing, between the parties hereto, except for any separately signed Confidentiality, Trade Secret, Non-Compete or Non-Disclosure Agreements to the extent that these terms are not in conflict with those set forth herein.
Each party of this Agreement acknowledges that no representations, inducements, promises or agreements, orally or otherwise, have been made by any party hereto, or anyone acting on behalf of any party hereto, which are not embodied herein, and that no other agreement, statement or promise not contained in this Agreement shall be valid or binding. Any modification of this Agreement shall be effective only if it is in writing, signed and dated by all parties hereto.
If any provision of this Agreement is held by a Court of competent jurisdiction to be invalid, void or unenforceable, the remaining provisions shall nevertheless continue in full force and effect without being impaired or invalidated in any way.
GOVERNING LAW AND JURISDICTION
This Agreement shall be governed by, and construed under, the laws of the State of New Mexico. Jurisdiction and venue for all purposes shall be in the County of Los Alamos, State of New Mexico.