Re: Proofreader Job Requirements -- Protect agency/client from violations

Subject: Re: Proofreader Job Requirements -- Protect agency/client from violations
From: Robin Davidson <robin -at- robinsdesigns -dot- net>
To: Jim Jones <han4yu3 -at- gmail -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 10 Dec 2012 19:17:36 -0500

If they contact me I am certainly bringing that one up!

Robin

On 12/10/12 7:10 PM, Jim Jones wrote:

My email client only shows 'viol' [which I thought might refer to the word violence].

When I opened the email I saw the word violation, which made slightly more sense [a proofreader's job after all does not usually involve security-type things like protection from violence].

Yes it may be some kind of unreasonable, tricky ploy, as Lauren says. On the other hand it might simply be a poor choice of words.

Jim Jones linkedin.com/in/jimxlat <http://linkedin.com/in/jimxlat>

On Mon, Dec 10, 2012 at 5:58 PM, Robin Davidson <robin -at- robinsdesigns -dot- net <mailto:robin -at- robinsdesigns -dot- net>> wrote:

Lauren,

Is this just for contractors or for full-time as well? I didn't
see anything saying this was a contract position.

Robin


On 12/10/12 4:46 PM, Lauren wrote:

On 12/10/2012 1:10 PM, Robin Davidson wrote:

I'm reading a job description for a Proofreader and one of
the requirements reads, "Ensure that the agency and client
are protected from any violations when it comes to
improper or incorrect verbiage and/or visuals in creative."


Stay away. They are delegating legal responsibility are they
also delegating legal liability? This passage that delegates
liability is so vague it can mean anything, like if you have a
misplaced comma that costs the company or government $1M
(http://www.snopes.com/legal/comma.asp) or $2M
(http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6383383), then
you will have to pay. If you are incorporated, then you have
your own insurance for errors and omissions, a solo agent may
not have that insurance and could be on the hook for costs.

A discussion of insurance.
http://freelanceswitch.com/freelancing-essentials/errors-and-omissions-insurance-do-freelancers-need-it/


If, for whatever reason, you find yourself accepting a
position like this, then be sure to include a disclaimer of
liability in the employment contract that you sign if your
proofreading fails to catch "violations" or "improper or
incorrect verbiage and/or visuals in creative." I would make
sure that the passage delegating this liability is stricken
from the agreement before signing.

Proofreaders should make reasonable "best efforts" to assure
whatever compliance is necessary and they should not be
negligent in their work. Proofreaders cannot be legally bound
to ensure that the company is "protected," since they do not
have the legal capacity to provide that protection. Failing
to ensure protection could lead to the proofreader having to
insure the company if it is not protected. I would never
enter into an agreement with this requirement.


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References:
Re: Proofreader Job Requirements -- Protect agency/client from violations: From: Lauren
Re: Proofreader Job Requirements -- Protect agency/client from violations: From: Robin Davidson
Re: Proofreader Job Requirements -- Protect agency/client from violations: From: Jim Jones

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