I am a clinical research associate in CA and my company is based out of Ohio. They told me they no longer want to conduct business in CA due to new tax codes, so in order to keep my job, they are asking me to sign a independent contractor agreement as a 1099 employee. I need to know what my rights are regarding termination and IF I negotiate the contract, what issues should I address or include in the agreement? They will not put in writing that I am terminated if I don't sign the contract, however they keep saying they are not trying to end my employment; they value me as an employee and have every intention of retaining my services, so they really want me to sign the contract and continue to work for them, just as I have for the past 5 years. What do I do?
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