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Britt Griswold <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 5 Sep 2006 11:12:44 -0400
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>   But
>this years contract, they have added a form giving them the right to check,
>under the Fair Credit reporting Act Disclosure, my motor vehicle record [no
>i do not drive for them]; my earning history [ Just look it up
>already...they have been one of my accounts for 8 years];  My credit
>history? [ I am flabbergasted here.  They should know about those purple,
>over-the-knee, suede slouch boots purchased at Nordstrom's???]  Am i being
>paranoid or is this info that they need to have?  Is it that as artists or
>independent contractors we are signing whatever is asked because we are
>afraid not to?  [deep sigh].
>Cynthia Padilla

Seems to me their lawyers are throwing out a fishing net to protect
themselves. What if something awful happens (you turn out to be a
serial car crasher). they get sued because someone claims they did
not perform due diligence in making sure you are a "safe" person.

Not that I think they should do it, but that is probably the reason.

I think Frank has probably nailed the reason for Erica's institution
doing the CYA as well.

I expect a lot if institutions feel vulnerable when they are not
employing people full-time and therefore have more say in the
employee's professional behavior.

Maybe Erica should rewrite it to specifically cover the things she is
comfortable she can control, but not things like lawsuits by students
(who can be as wacko as anyone else).  If you are concerned about
fair use lawsuits, then you would need the University to approve your
materials before you could expect them to sign on to protect you from
those issues (That is how they would see it anyway I expect). No good
answers from me. Sorry.

Britt Griswold
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