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    Question for Teachers

    Hello fellow Teachers!

    I have an important favor to ask. I am opening a foreign language school soon (so pay attention if you are looking for work in the coming months). In doing so, there is a massive amount of documentation. Some of it we must come up with from scratch and other stuff we try to find hints at best practices.

    So in that vein, if you have ever worked part-time hours in a "contracted" situation and would be willing to share the document legalese of said part-time contract--either a physical copy, scan, or word doc/pdf file it'd be hugely appreciated and likely rewarded.

    Will be eager to hear from any of you!

    Thanks and regards
    Aaron

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    If you're trying to open a school to *legally*hire foreign teachers, a template contract is the least of your concerns!
    I bought a template contract from the law firm Cliff (they have English speakers there) for around $50, but this was a contract for my clients, not for teachers that I will be hiring in the future.

    See, to hire a foreign teacher, your company (school) must have the ability to issue work visas, and in the teaching field this means your school must be licensed.
    I guess applying for a licence is something you can do on your own; Cliff Law Office offered this service for around 200k as I recall (maybe 5-600k; I can't remember), but I haven't gone that route yet.
    Some of the big headaches involved in getting licensed (which whatever laws office you choose will take care of for you) are things like needing a certain number of bathrooms per square footage, sanitary requirements, etc.

    Now if you just want a contract template to hire foreign teachers under the table, they're already down there in the dark, so why bother wasting time trying to make things semi-official with a contract?

    And, if you hire Russian teachers, you don't need to be licensed because they don't need a visa, but I'd advise to look into how much you must pay in social and income taxes on their salaries, before hiring a native!

    Another way to hire foreigners, that doesn't require your school (business) to be licensed, is to hire them using the HQS (highly qualified specialist) visa. I hired myself at my own company this way.
    BUT HQS visa recipients must be paid at least 167k per month (before tax; take-home pay is about 148k)! So this is a route I'd only recommend to hire yourself as a way to stay in the country without needing to do visa runs or work for crappy companies. I've kind of been using my LLC (ООО) as a visa shelter that allows me to stay in the country since my business activities are only like an IP for now (I'm the only teacher).
    If you choose this route, be careful! 167k monthly is easy to earn during the school year, but in the summer and at new year's it's really tough!!

    Good luck, Aaron, but think again about whether contract templates for teachers you hope to hire soon are really a priority at this stage of the game.
    I am fascinated by Russia, this country with frigid weather, hard souls, and hot girls!

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    At this point, they absolutely are.

    Licensing is done. Office has been outfitted and inspected. Opening date is essentially upon us. We already have our FT contract handled but PT contracts are different in the sense that they are, yes, looser but still binding, somewhat like independent contractor contracts. If it is wrong and an audit comes up and the people serving my contracts are not legally represented and wages and company earnings taxed you can be civilly liable and possibly criminally charged.

    I'm on VNJ so no worry about Visa. No need for HQS but wouldn't be a problem to cover the earnings there either. We are taking the next step. Just looking for a little paperwork help)))

    Our lawyers have handled much of the trouble but there are some things we are trying not to pay them for. This template is one of them. So to that end, if you know where to get my hands on one, without interviewing for anyone, that'd be helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonce17 View Post
    At this point, they absolutely are.

    Licensing is done. Office has been outfitted and inspected. Opening date is essentially upon us. We already have our FT contract handled but PT contracts are different in the sense that they are, yes, looser but still binding, somewhat like independent contractor contracts. If it is wrong and an audit comes up and the people serving my contracts are not legally represented and wages and company earnings taxed you can be civilly liable and possibly criminally charged.

    I'm on VNJ so no worry about Visa. No need for HQS but wouldn't be a problem to cover the earnings there either. We are taking the next step. Just looking for a little paperwork help)))

    Our lawyers have handled much of the trouble but there are some things we are trying not to pay them for. This template is one of them. So to that end, if you know where to get my hands on one, without interviewing for anyone, that'd be helpful.
    You spend the incredible amount of time and resources it takes to get your school licensed, but want to save the 3000/7000 rubles for a template or individualized contract?
    I am fascinated by Russia, this country with frigid weather, hard souls, and hot girls!

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    Bro, welcome to biz Russian style and why u prob won't last long, no offense.

    If you call you school a school, then it has to be licensed, see post above.

    If you call it a center, you don't have to license it.

    Bam, I would have just saved u whatever you just spent on legal crap n u could have put it towards advertising/marketing or not even spent it at all.

    Reminds me of that old joke where the young guy at the bar sees a rich old guy n asks him how he made his million dollars and the guy says, well first I started out with two.....

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    Do you have anything helpful to add to this thread? If not, please stop wasting my time.

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    Good luck man. Post ur url so we can stay abreast of ur situation.

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