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Just Because You Say It, Doesn't Make It So

Many companies in the technology industry pay workers as “independent contractors” or “1099 workers.” In theory, classifying individuals as independent contractors rather than employees can bestow significant economic benefits on a company. This option may be very attractive to a start-up who may be short on cash to pay salaries and fringe benefits. When independent … Continue reading this entry

Navigating Employment-Based Visas for Startups

Startups often seek to hire highly educated employees with degrees in STEM (science, technology, engineering and science) fields in order to compete with their established competitors. Post-graduate international students have emerged as the leading source of talent for startups as nearly 1/3 of all international students (or over 330,000 such students) are enrolled in STEM … Continue reading this entry

Beware of Promises

In the early stages of a new venture, things move quickly. An entrepreneur will talk with many different potential team members, some of whom aren’t a good fit, some of whom become co-founders and valued long-term partners, and some of whom may seem like a good fit but ultimately don’t come aboard or add value. These … Continue reading this entry

No, Seriously: Don't Forget the Minimum Wage

Start-up companies are often in cost-saving mode, but when it comes to employees, be prepared to pay at least a minimum wage. Many companies forget about it. All companies, regardless of size, must pay either the applicable state minimum wage (currently $8.00 per hour in Massachusetts) or $455 per week of salary for someone who … Continue reading this entry

ISO v. NQSO: The Difference or Lack Thereof

Equity compensation in the form of stock options is a common means of compensating key contributors to a growing business, especially where the cash compensation that these individuals receive is below the market rate for the skills and experience that they bring to the table. These stock options come in two different flavors: Incentive Stock … Continue reading this entry