Well, this is interesting...

I've already received a number of private responses from people who do not have 
insurance but wish to remain anonymous so their potential employers don't ask 
about it.

Feel free to email me directly with your responses to the below questions, and 
I'll post a summary in a few days with no names attached.


-----Original Message-----
From: discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org [mailto:discuss-boun...@lists.osgeo.org] 
On Behalf Of Michael P. Gerlek
Sent: Monday, August 31, 2009 10:03 AM
To: OSGeo Discussions
Subject: [OSGeo-Discuss] Insurance for contractors?

In the past I've hired some people for contract or consultant work (both open 
source projects and more general stuff) -- generally these people have been 
independent, one-man shops found by word of mouth and reputation, as opposed to 
hiring someone from an agency.

I'm getting pushback now from the administrative side of my company saying that 
any contractor I hire needs to have proof of insurance.  I understand the legal 
reasons for this, but I'm wondering how many of you out there actually have 
business/contractors insurance?  Do companies you work for insist on it, or 
not?  And how many of you are formally set up as LLCs or sole proprietorships 
or such?

[while this is likely a US-centric issue from the hiring side, I'm interested 
in international responses too since I've hired some foreigners as well over 
the years]


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