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Nondisclosure agreements: a violation of employee rights?

New employees must often sign contracts that outline what is expected of them on the job. For many Ohio residents, nondisclosure agreements are included in an employment contract. These clauses are usually intended to protect a company from losing business to competitors or from having sensitive financial or operational information leaked, states the Washington Post. However, lawyers who represent whistleblowers say an increasing number of companies are using nondisclosure agreements that may restrict an employee’s right to report workplace behavior that is unethical, fraudulent or dangerous. Also, many employees are afraid of retaliation if they report workplace fraud.

What tax advantages can you use if you’re self-employed?

If you spent several years working for someone else before going into business for yourself, you’re probably used to a different sort of tax preparation than you are getting ready for now. Instead of having your taxes deducted from your paychecks, as a self-employed contractor in Ohio you are responsible for preparing and paying your own taxes. If you haven’t been putting money aside throughout the year, this can lead to an unpleasant surprise when it’s tax time. Fortunately, states Investopedia, there are numerous tax breaks you can take advantage of as a self-employed individual.

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