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INSURING ASSOCIATION EMPLOYEES

Q. 
Our association would like to hire one part-time employee to do maintenance work. We want to be properly insured, but the minimum cost of insurance is too high to make it feasible. What do you suggest?

A. 
Use an employee leasing company or professional employer organization (PEO) to provide all necessary insurance and employee benefits. Your management company should be able torecommend such a service. Employee leasing companies and PEOs can provide small employers with big company benefits at a price that you can afford while providing all of the necessary insurance coverage. Top


HIRING OF ASSOCIATION EMPLOYEES

Q. 
I am on the board of directors of a large homeowner association that has recently decided to hire an on-site manager. We have no other employees. Are there any particular precautions we should take?

A. 
Yes. First you should consult with your insurance broker or agent to determine if you have adequate insurance coverage including but not limited to workers' compensation and liability coverages. In addition, you should consult with an employment attorney who can advise you concerning this important area of the law. An employment attorney can prepare an appropriate employment contract, job description, employee policies and procedures manual and much more. The cost of preventing an employer - employee dispute is far less than defending against a legal claim. Top


CONFLICT OF INTEREST

Q. 
Please define "conflict of interest."

A. 
A conflict of interest exists where an individual's duty to one party leads to the disregard of a duty to another. It exists when an outside influence affects a person's ability to make an independent, unimpeded, objective decision or when a person owes duties to separate parties with conflicting interests.

Whether or not a conflict of interest exists depends on the facts of a particular situation which must be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Top






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