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A. General Themis Group, Inc. ("Themis") policy and the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) permit independent contractors to provide services without being subject to the strictures of wage, hour, and other labor laws. Independent contractors, as that term is used in this policy, are persons who provide services to Themis but who are not subject to the same strictures of control or supervision as employees of Themis. Performance of work for Themis as an independent contractor is in exchange for good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is acknowledged by continued performance of work for Themis as an independent contractor. Any and all intellectual property produced under this Agreement is a "work made for hire" for Company, as that term is defined in the United States copyright law and shall be owned by Themis for all purposes in perpetuity. To the extent any work product produced under this agreement is deemed not to be a work made for hire, independent contractor agrees that such work product shall be the exclusive property of the Company; and the independent contractor assigns all right, title, and interest in the work product to the company. Independent contractors are not mandated by specific work hours or schedules, aside from those schedules that they take upon themselves. Subsite managers oversee their production only to ensure quality and compliance with Themis policies outlined in Subsection D: Subsite Policies. The Independent Contractor Procedures and Form shall be used for each independent contractor appointment. Since independent contractors are not considered employees of Themis for Worker's Compensation purposes, they are not required to sign the standard hiring or employment forms; they are required to fill in an application for administration and tracking purposes. B. Age Requirements Each independent contractor must adhere to minimum age requirements. Minors under age eighteen (18) who have neither graduated from high school nor the equivalent, nor have been awarded a certificate of proficiency, may be employed with a permit issued in accordance with State law. Minors must provide certification of their age to support the staff volunteer employment authorization process and must adhere to the following: 1. Minors between the ages of sixteen (16) and eighteen (18) must provide a Work Permit from their school. 2. Minors under sixteen (16) years of age must provide Written Authorization from their parents. C. Independent Contractor Appointments Independent contractor appointments are approved for the duration of the site's existence as long as they remain in compliance with the needs of the site and its managers and do not abuse any other Themis policies. No independent contractor is obligated to stay with the network and/or specific sites if their interest wanes. However, they will make every effort to communicate their departure in a timely fashion. D. SubSite Policies A. Sharing HitCount Information with Developers Themis does not provide hitcount information (for the relevant subsite) to the developer/publisher or other sources. No independent contractor should disclose this or other confidential data. B. IRC Themis has a No-bot policy on the channels. If there are extrenuating circumstances, they may be brought up to management. C. News Cross-Posting Themis promotes and encourages cross-posting when relevant. However, subsite managers have autonomy to decide what cross site news they are willing to post when it regards cross site promotion. Network-initiated news should be distributed to all subsites in a timely manner; this includes, but is not limited to, general gaming news (such as interviews and contests) or network status information. For example, it is not company policy to force the Asheron's Call subsite to publish game-related news for EverQuest. D. General Conduct for all Network members 1. The news page is not a forum for debate. 2. Unverified news should only be posted with extreme caution and should include a statement stating that it is unverified. 3. Content on the news page should be unbiased and unoffensive. 4. When dealing with the public, independent contractors will act in a professional manner. 5. Do not engage in flame wars in a public forum. Healthy debates are acceptable as long as participated in a professional manner.
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