In Light Of Snowden: How To Use Independent Contractors

Law360, New York (July 29, 2013, 12:06 PM EDT) -- Recent events connected with Edward Snowden have captured the world's attention. Snowden, an admitted leaker of national security secrets, was, at the time of the leaks, an employee of the well-known consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton — Booz Allen Hamilton was a contractor to the National Security Agency, the federal agency which was collecting the leaked information.

Snowden's actions draw attention to a little-discussed area of importance to employers — trade secrets and independent contractors (ICs). ICs have become an important part of the American business landscape. While ICs have long been used for special projects, employers increasingly use ICs (instead...

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