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Independent Contractor Terms

You acknowledge that you shall at all times be deemed to be an independent contractor of Delaware Newsline. You are not an employee, servant, partner or agent of Delaware Newsline for any purpose whatsoever, and are not entitled to paid vacation days, sick days, holidays or any other benefits provided to Delaware Newsline employees.

Delaware Newsline understands and agrees that you shall render services in whatever manner deemed appropriate by you. You agree to perform the services on a professional best-efforts basis, in accordance with all applicable laws and regulations and in accordance with the highest applicable industry standards.

Delaware Newsline shall not control or direct, nor shall Delaware Newsline have any right to control or direct, the result of or the details, methods, manner or means by which you perform your business or services, except that you shall coordinate your services with Delaware Newsline, shall provide your services in accordance with generally accepted industry standards and in compliance with all international, federal, state, and local laws.

You have and will at all times retain the exclusive right to control and direct the method, details, and means of performing the services. Delaware Newsline shall not specify the amount of time required to perform individual aspects of the services. Subject to our Copyright terms, your services are not exclusive to Delaware Newsline and you may render services for other business entities.

You shall not, under any circumstances, have any authority to act for or to bind Delaware Newsline or enter into any agreements, written or otherwise, on behalf of Delaware Newsline, or to sign the name of Delaware Newsline or to otherwise represent that Delaware Newsline is in any way responsible for your acts or omissions, unless expressly agreed to by the Managing Editor.

Delaware Newsline and you agree that Delaware Newsline will not withhold, deduct, or pay income tax, social security or other taxes or amounts for your benefit. You are solely responsible for and assume full responsibility for (as applicable) the payment of FICA, FUTA and income taxes and compliance with any other international, federal, state, or local law, rules and regulations. You are also solely responsible for and assumes full responsibility for filing all tax returns, tax declarations and tax schedules, and for the payment of all taxes as required by law, including without limitation, local, state and federal income taxes, Social Security taxes, Medicare taxes, unemployment compensation taxes and any other international, federal, state, or local taxes, fees or withholdings due for you. You agree to indemnify Delaware Newsline and hold Delaware Newsline harmless from any and all claims made by any entity on account of an alleged failure by you or Delaware Newsline to satisfy such withholding or other obligation.

This Agreement is an at-will independent contractor agreement with no specified term, meaning that either you or Delaware Newsline may terminate your independent contractor relationship with Delaware Newsline at any time, for any reason, with or without prior notice.

You agree that, on termination of this Agreement, you shall return to Delaware Newsline all confidential information and will deliver to Delaware Newsline (and will not keep in your possession, recreate or deliver to anyone else) any and all Delaware Newsline property including devices, records, data, notes, reports, proposals, lists, correspondence, specifications, drawings, sketches, materials, equipment, other documents or property, or reproductions of any aforementioned items developed during the performance of services for Delaware Newsline or otherwise belonging to Delaware Newsline.

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