It may sound counterintuitive, but businesses may want to consider asking independent contractors to release any employment-related claims they have against the company, suggests the ever-witty Eric Meyer of Dilworth Paxson in a recent post.

He describes how Allstate Corp., which restructured its business many years ago and converted its employees to independent contractors, made them release any past or present employment-related claims before signing on. When the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission heard of this move, it came down hard against Allstate, claiming the company’s actions didn’t fall within the requisite rules about releases and that they were retaliatory.

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