[OSGeo-Discuss] Insurance for contractors?

"René A. Enguehard" ahugenerd at gmail.com
Mon Aug 31 10:10:53 PDT 2009

Well, the small business I work for has the professional liability type 
of insurance. Additionally, the IEEE offers professional liability 
insurance at a pretty low cost, or so I'm told. I'd imagine many of the 
members subscribe to that form of insurance, otherwise it wouldn't be 
offered. I can't speak to the prevalence in the Open Source sector, but 
in the computer engineering sector this is pretty common.


Michael P. Gerlek wrote:
> 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]
> -mpg
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