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Independent Contractor Agreement

New York

Asked on Jun 7, 2024

Can an independent contractor agreement be terminated without cause?

I have been working as an independent contractor for a company for the past year, and we have an agreement in place that outlines the terms and conditions of our working relationship. However, recently I have been experiencing issues with the company, such as delayed payments and a lack of communication. I am concerned about the possibility of the company terminating the agreement without any valid reason, as I rely on this income for my livelihood. I would like to know if it is legal for the company to terminate the independent contractor agreement without cause, and what rights and protections I have in this situation.

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New York

Answered 11 days ago

Muhammad Yar L.

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The ability to terminate an independent contractor agreement without cause typically depends on the specific terms of the contract. Many agreements include provisions for termination without cause, often with a specified notice period. If such a clause exists, either party can usually end the agreement for any reason, provided they follow the notice requirements. However, if the contract doesn't address termination without cause, or if it specifies that termination must be for cause only, then ending the agreement without a valid reason could potentially be considered a breach of contract. It's important to carefully review your agreement to understand your specific rights and options.

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