Anytime your company engages the services of an independent contractor, you should have a contractor agreement.
It should be signed by your new contractor before they start any work.
Instead of a verbal agreement, it provides the contract details in written form.
Both parties can make reference to it if disputes arise.
It can ensure that intellectual property and confidential information are protected.
Employee or contractor? The differences between employees and contractors can be subtle. Ensure you have characterized the contractor correctly.
Start early: Discuss job and payment details with your potential contractor prior to creating the agreement.
Be Specific: Provide detail when describing the contractor's work.