TERMS AND CONDITIONS
PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR EXPERTS (“EXPERT TERMS”) CAREFULLY. BY REGISTERING AND/OR USING THE SITE OR SITE SERVICES PROVIDED BY AQUILARE OR ITS AFFILIATES, YOU ARE CERTIFYING THAT YOU HAVE READ, ACCEPTED, AND AGREED TO BE BOUND BY THESE EXPERT TERMS. WE MAY MODIFY THE PROVISIONS OF THESE EXPERT TERMS WITHOUT NOTIFYING YOU, SO PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR UPDATES.
OVERVIEW AND ACTIVITIES
Experts using the Site are professionals and consultants in various industries and specialties who educate, advise and share insights, analysis with financial and business leaders, professionals and other organizations and professionals (“Clients”). Experts offer specialized skills not otherwise available to Clients. AQUILARE is a technology platform and marketplace that enables users of Varta health applications or websites to find, engage and manage third party providers and Experts for expertise, advice and information. AQUILARE provides Experts a platform to participate in different types of projects (“Projects”, “Engagements”) for Clients, such as telephone consultations, short or long-term consulting, in-person or virtual meetings and events, written deliverables, and in-depth engagements or online Medicine consultation. Additionally, Experts may be eligible to participate in other non-Project activities and interactions through AQUILARE (“Platform Activities”), such as: receiving rewards for referring friends and colleagues to the Site; participating in online discussions and webinars with other Experts and/or Clients; and engaging in other networking and educational opportunities.
EXPERT REPRESENTATIONS AND CONDITIONS
By registering as an Expert, you acknowledge and agree to, and represent and covenant the following:
1. You have completed the Expert Checklist;
2. You operate an independent business, in which you have made an investment such as for computer equipment and/or a home or other office, offering services to the public and are not economically dependent on AQUILARE or any Client.
3. You are not prohibited, limited or restricted from participating in the Site as an Expert by any contract (e.g., employment, independent contractor, consulting, confidentiality, or non-disclosure agreements), any employer’s policies or codes of conduct, or any similar policies or obligations or you have obtained all necessary consents or waivers (e.g., the consent of your employer, any company or organization for which you have consulted, or any affiliated academic or government organization) to participate as an Expert.
4. Your participation as an Expert is not in violation of any regulation, policy or law. Neither your use of the Site nor anything in this Agreement creates an employment, partnership, joint venture, agency, franchise, or sales representative relationship between you and AQUILARE.
5. You have no authority to act, or enter into any contract (written or oral), on behalf of AQUILARE.
6. You are not eligible for any benefits, workers’ compensation or insurance coverage from AQUILARE or any Client based on your participation in the Site as an Expert.
7. You shall not identify any Client or AQUILARE as your employer.
8. You are joining the Site in your individual capacity and not as a representative or on behalf of any other company or organization (such as past or present employers).
9. You are free at all times to perform services independent of the Site for any person or business, including any of AQUILARE’ competitors; provided, however, that you shall not violate these Expert Terms.
10. AQUILARE, in its sole discretion, may determine your eligibility for participating in the Site as an Expert. If you are in any way unsure about your ability to comply with these Expert Terms, then you must decline to participate as an Expert.
RELATIONSHIP WITH AQUILARE
AQUILARE is not a party to the dealings between any Client and Expert, including posts, proposals, screening selection, contracting, and performance of Expert Services. AQUILARE does not introduce Experts to Clients or help Experts find Engagements. AQUILARE merely makes the Site Services available to enable Experts to identify and determine the suitability of Clients for themselves and to enable Clients to identify and determine the suitability of Experts for themselves. AQUILARE does not, in any way, supervise, direct, or control any Expert or Expert’s work. AQUILARE does not set any Expert’s work hours, work schedules, or location of work, nor is AQUILARE involved in determining if the Expert Fees will be set at an hourly or fixed rate for a Service Contract. AQUILARE will not provide any Expert with training or any equipment, labor, or materials needed for a particular Service Contract. AQUILARE does not provide the premises at which the Expert will perform the work. AQUILARE makes no representations about, and does not guarantee the quality, safety, or legality of, the Expert Services; the truth or accuracy of any Expert’s listings on the Site; the qualifications, background, or identities of Users; the ability of Experts to deliver the Expert Services; the ability of Clients to pay for the Expert Services; or that a Client or Expert can or will actually complete a transaction. ALL EXPERT SERVICES, AND ALL INFORMATION, DATA AND ACTIVITY RELATED THERETO, ARE PROVIDED “AS IS,” AND ON AN “AS AVAILABLE” BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, EITHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT.
In providing services to Clients, Experts are free to retain and use their own employees and contractors, and Experts have sole control over those individuals. AQUILARE has no role whatsoever in hiring, training, supervising, compensating, disciplining, evaluating or terminating those individuals and no role in deciding their hours or compensation or duties.
AQUILARE does not deduct any amount for withholding, unemployment, Social Security, or other taxes for any Client or Expert, each of which is solely responsible for all tax returns and payments required to be filed with or made to any federal, state, or local tax authority in any nation with respect to Expert’s performance, and Client’s acceptance, of Expert Services.
AQUILARE is not required to and may not verify any feedback or information given to us by Experts or Clients. Nor does AQUILARE perform background checks on Experts or Clients.
AQUILARE may provide information on the Site about an Expert or Client, such as feedback, composite feedback, including a strength or risk score, geographical location, or verification of identity or credentials. However, such information is based solely on data that Experts or Clients voluntarily submit to AQUILARE and does not constitute and will not be construed as an introduction, endorsement, or recommendation by AQUILARE; AQUILARE provides such information solely for the convenience of users; and AQUILARE disclaims any warranties related to such information, including any truth, accuracy, completeness or currency thereof.
EXPERT PARTICIPATION IN THE SITE
During your participation in the Site as an Expert, you agree to act in a professional and workmanlike manner, to the best of your ability, and in accordance with these Expert Terms, applicable law and any obligations you may have that limit or restrict what you can discuss or the scope of your participation in the Site as an Expert.
In addition to the restrictions provided herein, you are solely responsible for determining whether you are permitted to join the Site as an Expert and to participate in particular Projects. You will decline or discontinue participation in any Project or Platform Activity if:
1. Your participation would result in the disclosure of any confidential or proprietary information (including trade secrets) not owned exclusively by you.
2. Your participation would present any conflict of interest or perceived conflict of interest.
3. Your participation would cause you to breach any agreement with or other legal obligation to any person or entity (including, but not limited to, your employer, your previous employers or any person or entity to which, or through which, you provide or have provided consulting services).
4. Your participation would cause you to violate any duty or obligation of any kind to, or policy or code of conduct of, any person or entity (including, but not limited to, your employer, your previous employers or any company to which, or through which, you provide or have provided consulting services).
5. Your participation would result in any communication or disclosure of any material non-public information concerning any public company or security.
6. Your participation would violate, be in breach of, any law, rule or regulation or third party right.
By registering as an Expert, you represent that you have not been convicted of, plead guilty to, or admitted committing a felony or any offense involving dishonesty or deception (e.g., theft, fraud, etc.) and that you have not been sued for theft of corporate assets, fraud, breach of a confidentiality or non-disclosure agreement, breach of fiduciary duty, or any similar action. You further represent that: (i) you are not, and have not been, the target or subject of any regulatory or enforcement proceeding brought by any securities, commodities or other financial regulatory authority, self-regulatory organization or other law enforcement body; and (ii) you have not been debarred, excluded, suspended or otherwise not permitted to participate in any government or state programs. Should your status change with respect to any of these representations, you shall immediately deactivate your Expert profile on the Site. AQUILARE reserves the right to deactivate your account on the occurrence or suspicion of the same, but shall not be under any obligation to do so and disclaims any liability arising as a result of the same.
Conflicts of Interest and Limitations Regarding Expert Role:
You agree not to consult about a company for which you are a current employee, director, trustee, officer, or board member (or for which you hold a similar position). You further agree that if you were previously employed in the finance or accounting department of a company, you will not consult about that company until at least four months after the last date of your employment. If a public company of which you are a current director, trustee, officer, board member or employee (or for which you hold a similar position) is the target or bidder in a tender offer, or has filed to issue an IPO, you must decline all Projects until the tender offer is resolved or the IPO is issued.
You agree not to consult on a Project for a Client that is a direct competitor of a company for which you are a current director, trustee, officer, board member or employee (or for which you hold a similar position).
If you are a government employee in a government or jurisdiction that forbids government employees from participating in outside consulting projects, you may not be an Expert or participate in any Project. Otherwise, if you are a government employee, you agree not to consult about matters presently regulated by the agency or department in which you are employed. Furthermore, you agree not to consult about any legislation, regulation, or policy that you are in a position to vote upon or otherwise influence, and you agree not to give or receive any item of value from or to another person or entity for the purpose of seeking influence or for any other improper purpose. If you are an employee, officer, or other person acting in an official capacity for any government (or its instrumentalities), government owned/controlled organization, enterprise or entity, or public international organization (e.g., WHO, World Bank, United Nations, etc.), or any political party, party official, or candidate for political office you agree not to discuss legislation, regulation, policy, contracts, or other business that you are in a position to vote upon or otherwise influence. Further, you agree to notify AQUILARE by updating your Expert User profile or deactivating your Expert User profile on the Site if you become an elected official, candidate for political office, or employee, officer, or other person acting in an official capacity for any government (or its instrumentalities), government owned/controlled organization, enterprise or entity, public international organization, or political party. AQUILARE may, from time to time, inform you of additional limits on Expert engagements that you are required to observe. AQUILARE disclaims any liability arising as a result of any breach or non-compliance by you of this paragraph.
Investment and Professional Advice
You represent that you are not registered as an investment adviser and that you are joining the Site as an Expert in your individual capacity and not as an agent or representative of any entity or individual (including, without limitation, any investment advisor). You agree not to provide any investment advice including, without limitation, advice concerning the value of any security or the advisability of buying, selling or otherwise investing in any security.
If you are a healthcare professional, you agree not to disclose any patient or other information prohibited to be disclosed under applicable laws, rules or regulations, or to dispense any medical advice at any time during the course of your service as an Expert. You shall promptly notify us if, in your reasonable opinion, a Client is seeking to speak to you for any purpose other than to conduct research (e.g., attempting to market products or services to you). Furthermore, you represent to AQUILARE that you are duly licensed in any jurisdictions in which you are currently practicing, and that you are not named on any black list or prohibited list issued by any regulatory or government authority. You agree that you will promptly deactivate your account and profile in the event that any of the representations in this paragraph cease to be true, and AQUILARE reserves the right to deactivate your account on the occurrence of the same, but shall not be under any obligation to do and disclaims any liability arising as a result of the same.
Clinical Trials and Consulting
If you have participated in a clinical trial or provided consulting services to a person or entity, you may have duties or obligations to treat certain related information as confidential. You must satisfy those duties and obligations and any other policies and requirements of such person or entity, your institution(s) and trial sponsors. Under no circumstances may you ever disclose or discuss any confidential information learned in the course of your consulting or clinical trial participation, including patient experience information and trial results, until such information has been made public. If you are a member on an ongoing clinical trial, you may not discuss the ongoing trial phase until it is completed and the results are made public.
Attorneys and Auditors
If you are an attorney, you agree not to consult about any Clients you currently represent or to disclose any information or opinions that would breach any legal or ethical duty you or your firm owes to past or present Clients. If you are currently an auditor or formerly an auditor, you agree not to consult about companies or other organizations that you currently audit or have audited within the last three years. If you are an attorney or an auditor in current practice, you represent that you are duly licensed to practice in the jurisdictions in which you currently practice, and that you are in good standing as a member of the Bar or other similar professional board to which you are subject. You agree not to provide any legal or professional services to a Client during a Project for that Client.
In the event that a Client initiates a Project involving its legal counsel, it is possible that the Client may wish to assert a claim of legal privilege concerning the Project. Under these circumstances, Client’s legal counsel may ask you to enter into a separate written engagement agreement with them for your services (an “Engagement Agreement”). Any such Engagement Agreement shall prevail over any inconsistent terms in these Expert Terms with respect to your relationship and obligations to such Client with respect to the Project. Such Engagement Agreement shall not modify your obligations to AQUILARE or third parties, under these Expert Terms or otherwise.
False or Misleading Information
You agree never to disseminate false or misleading information or inaccurately represent your experience, education, employment or knowledge to us or any Clients.
You represent that you have reviewed the Expert Checklist and Frequently Asked Questions pages at least once. In addition, you represent prior to each Project that you have reviewed the Expert Checklist within 2 months prior to the Project.
REPORTING PROJECT CONCERNS
IF YOU BECOME CONCERNED WITH THE NATURE OF ANY INQUIRY OR PROJECT BY A CLIENT, A CLIENT ATTEMPTS TO INFLUENCE YOUR DECISIONS (E.G., WHAT DEVICES OR SERVICES TO USE) IN ANY WAY, OR A CLIENT IS MARKETING PRODUCTS OR SERVICES TO YOU RATHER THAN CONDUCTING RESEARCH, YOU MUST DISCONTINUE YOUR PARTICIPATION AND NOTIFY AQUILARE IMMEDIATELY BY EMAILING compliance@Varta health.com. To encourage you to err on the side of caution during your participation in the Site as an Expert, in the event you discontinue a Project in order to comply with these Expert Terms and promptly notify AQUILARE as described above, you may not submit time to the Submission Logs other than time actually worked on a Client Project to date. You agree to cooperate fully in any AQUILARE inquiry concerning actual, alleged, or potential violations of these Expert Terms or any applicable law.
You agree to provide AQUILARE with accurate and complete biographical information (“Profile”), including your current job status and at least two years of employment history, and to promptly update that information as it changes. AQUILARE may verify information provided by, or about, you. AQUILARE or its Clients may ask you for other information about yourself, including your ability, availability, or suitability to consult on particular topics or in general. Collectively, such information about you, as well as any information on the Site’s Expert Profile and any photographs or images you choose to add to your profile, are your “Expert Information.” While AQUILARE may revise Expert Information on your behalf based upon information provided by you or other available sources, you are solely responsible for maintaining and updating your Expert Information and ensuring its accuracy. You agree not to accept any Project or consult with any Client unless your Expert Information is accurate, complete, and current. You may not put an Expert Network company as your current employer. You understand that AQUILARE, Clients, and AQUILARE’ third party partners are entitled to rely on your Expert Information.
ASSIGNMENT, ACCEPTANCE & SCOPE OF PROJECTS
As an Expert, you and only you decide what Projects and Platform Activities you will undertake. You are under no obligation to AQUILARE to accept particular Projects and there is no minimum time commitment, unless otherwise agreed in writing. Membership in the Site as an Expert is non-exclusive, and you are free to perform services independent of the Site for any person or business, including any of AQUILARE’ competitors; provided, however, that you shall not violate these Expert Terms. AQUILARE makes no representation regarding the frequency, quantity, or type of invitations to Projects or Platform Activities you will receive or in which you will be chosen to participate.
COMPENSATION AND DELEGATION OF PROJECTS OR PLATFORM ACTIVITIES
REVIEWS AND RATINGS
After an Expert completes a Project, we ask the Client to rate and review the quality of their experience with regard to the Project and the services the Expert performed (“Ratings and Reviews”). These ratings and reviews are accessible by any Client with access to your profile through the Site. You agree that if you receive a negative review and/or rating from a Client, neither AQUILARE nor the Client are liable for any loss, cost, expense, claim or damage, of any nature, from such review or rating. If your ratings go below 3 stars on average, Morph Venture reserves the right to deactivate your Expert Profile and your ability to be an Expert on the Site. You release AQUILARE, and any and all persons acting under its permission or authority from any claim, liability, or action in law, including any claims for defamation, copyright infringement, or invasion of privacy, arising in connection with your Expert Information and/or Ratings and Reviews.
AQUILARE IS NOT LIABLE TO YOU FOR ANY LOSS OR DAMAGE THAT MIGHT ARISE IN RELATION TO THESE EXPERT TERMS, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED, FROM THE CLIENT’S RELIANCE ON THE QUALITY, ACCURACY, OR RELIABILITY OF YOUR EXPERT PROFILE RATINGS, REVIEWS (INCLUDING THEIR CONTENT, ORDER, AND DISPLAY), OR METRICS FOUND ON, USED ON, OR MADE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SITE.
ANTI-CORRUPTION LAW COMPLIANCE
You acknowledge that you are aware of and fully understand all applicable laws and regulations. Therefore when performing work on behalf of AQUILARE or its Clients you shall not offer, promise, or pay any money, gift, or any other thing of value to any person: for the purpose of influencing official actions or decisions, while knowing or having reason to know that any portion of this money, gift or thing shall, directly or indirectly, be given, offered, or promised to (i) an employee, officer, or other person acting in an official capacity for any government (or its instrumentalities), government owned/controlled organization, enterprise or entity, or public international organization (e.g., WHO, World Bank, United Nations, etc.) or (ii) any political party, party official, or candidate for political office; for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business or inducing any person to cease to act in good faith, impartially, or in accordance with a position of trust; or to improperly induce such person to provide you with information.
NON-SOLICITATION OF CLIENTS
As a condition to participation in the Site as an Expert, for Clients to whom you are first introduced to through AQUILARE, for a period of one year from the most recent Project completion with or introduction to such Client, you agree not to knowingly solicit projects from or propose or agree to any kind of consulting, advisory (including directorships), or employment or other service arrangement with such Client, either directly or indirectly, without the written permission of AQUILARE. This provision does not prohibit you from being retained by a Client to provide legal advice. During, and for a period of one year after the termination of, your relationship with AQUILARE, you also agree not to knowingly solicit for employment any employee of AQUILARE or any Clients to whom you were first introduced due to your Expert status.
EXPERT WITNESS ENGAGEMENTS
If a Client decides to retain you as an expert witness in a Project, the Client may choose to enter into a separate written retention agreement with you for expert witness services (a “Retention Agreement”), and such Retention Agreement shall prevail over any inconsistent terms in these Expert Terms with respect to the relationship between you and the firm Client and your obligations to such Client and its client in connection with the expert witness Project. Such Retention Agreement does not modify your obligations to AQUILARE under these Expert Terms or otherwise.
You represent that any information and materials, regardless of format, that you submit, upload to a AQUILARE website, or otherwise provide to a Client or to AQUILARE (collectively, “Content”) is your intellectual property or you have obtained any necessary permissions or licenses to such Content in order for such Content to be transferred and/or licensed in accordance with these Expert Terms. You are solely responsible for your Content, and you agree not to submit Content that is unlawful, threatening, defamatory, profane, deceptive, misleading, infringes on the rights of another, or otherwise violates these Expert Terms. Content Created For Client(s); Client Compliance: If a Client selects you for a Project, Content you create in connection with that Project (“Project Content”) is solely owned by the Client (e.g., as a “work for hire”) and may be used by such Client for any purpose permitted under that Client’s agreement with AQUILARE, which may include reproduction, disclosure, transmission, publication, broadcast, and posting, unless otherwise agreed in writing by AQUILARE and the Client, and you hereby assign to the Client all right, title and interest in and to Project Content. Content you create independently of, or prior to, any Project (“Retained Content”) remains your property and you retain all rights, title, and interest in and to such Retained Content; however, you grant the Client a perpetual, world-wide, royalty-free, and transferable license, with rights to sublicense through multiple levels of sublicensees, to use, copy, modify, make derivative works of, perform, publicly display, distribute (in any form or medium, whether now known or later developed) and otherwise exploit any Retained Content included in any Project Content (and authorize AQUILARE to facilitate Client’s retention and use of any Retained Content).
Without limiting the foregoing, you agree that each Client is free to use any ideas, concepts, know-how, or techniques contained in any Content you transmit to that Client for any purpose whatsoever, including, but not limited to, developing, manufacturing, and marketing products using such information. Any inventions, discoveries or improvements that are based in full or in part on any Content and information you create for a Client in the course of a Project, and all intellectual property rights in or appurtenant to such inventions, discoveries, or improvements, shall be owned entirely by and shall be proprietary to the Client. You further agree and acknowledge that AQUILARE’ Clients may elect to record or transcribe your consultations or other interactions with them, and that any such recordings or transcriptions are owned by AQUILARE’ Clients and may be used by such Client for any purpose permitted under that Client's agreement with AQUILARE. As part of their compliance protocols, some Clients may have a professional (in addition to the Client user(s) you will speak with) chaperoning phone consultations and their presence may be announced or unannounced (i.e., you will not be notified) and may be active participants or silent on the phone consultations. By signing these Expert Terms you consent to consultations being chaperoned and recorded at AQUILARE Clients’ election. Other Content Syndicated Content: You retain ownership to Content that you submit for sale or license to Clients other than in connection with a Project (“Syndicated Content”); however, you provide AQUILARE a limited license to market, promote and sell such Syndicated Content on its websites and otherwise, including by showing samples or limited portions of Syndicated Content to potential purchasers (including through third party partner websites), and to process Syndicated Content for use with AQUILARE’ automated search and suggestion systems. AQUILARE Publications: Content that you submit for publication by AQUILARE (“Publications”), other than Syndicated Content, shall be owned by AQUILARE and you shall retain no license to use such Content unless otherwise provided by AQUILARE in the terms of such Publication. Recordings/Transcriptions: AQUILARE may invite you to participate in a Project for which your image, likeness, animation and/or voice may be recorded and/or transcribed in any media (“Recordings”) by AQUILARE or its agents, such as at a live meeting, webcast, conference call, conference, interview, or other event. You agree, notwithstanding anything else in these Expert Terms, that AQUILARE (or if applicable, the Client who records their Projects as facilitated by AQUILARE) owns such Recordings and has the exclusive right to attribute such Recordings to you and to use, distribute, reproduce, publish, reprint, modify, adapt, sublicense, and publicly display such Recordings, in whole or in part, in original form or as edited or modified by AQUILARE or such Client, in all languages and forms, for any commercial or noncommercial purpose unless otherwise agreed in writing. Content License: For all Content other than Project Content, Retained Content, Syndicated Content, and Recordings, you grant AQUILARE a perpetual, world-wide, royalty-free, transferable, and exclusive license to use, distribute, reproduce, publish, reprint, modify, adapt, sublicense, and publicly display such Content, in whole or in part, in original form or as edited or modified by AQUILARE, in all languages and forms, for any commercial or noncommercial purpose unless otherwise agreed in writing. Content Release & Indemnification: You additionally release AQUILARE, and any and all persons acting under its permission or authority from any claim, liability, or action in law, including any claims for defamation, copyright infringement, or invasion of privacy, arising in connection with your Content. Further, you agree to indemnify, defend, and hold harmless AQUILARE and its Clients from and against any third party claim that your Content or the use of your Content infringes upon any patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, or other intellectual property right, including any related liabilities, costs and expenses.
You agree and acknowledge that AQUILARE may collect, retain, and verify information about you, including but not limited to your Expert Information, (“your information”), and contact you by email, telephone, SMS, or otherwise, to process and administer details of your membership in the Site as an Expert, to provide you with opportunities to participate in Projects or other Platform Activity, to assist with required approvals and consents for Project participation, to comply with applicable laws and Client compliance policies, and to tell you about AQUILARE’ business. If you terminate your participation in the Site as an Expert, AQUILARE will use reasonable efforts to cease email and telephone contact with you but may retain your Expert Information. You agree that AQUILARE (and third parties acting on behalf of, or within the scope of providing services to, AQUILARE) may also use and analyze your information to administer, support, improve, market, promote, and develop the business of AQUILARE, its affiliates, and their respective business partners at any time.
You agree that AQUILARE may disclose your information to Clients and non-Client third parties for the purpose of promoting AQUILARE’ business, including without limitation by displaying such information on AQUILARE' websites, AQUILARE’ third party partner websites, print media, and other materials (collectively, “Marketing Materials”). You may opt-out of this promotional use by contacting AQUILARE at support@Varta health.com. If you opt out of this promotional use or terminate your participation in the Site as an Expert, AQUILARE will use reasonable efforts to discontinue creating and distributing Marketing Materials that contain your information. Notwithstanding the foregoing, any such opt out will not apply to your submissions of Syndicated Content or Publications, or participation in AQUILARE events. You agree that AQUILARE may disclose your information and your participation in the Site as an Expert to third parties, such as current and former employers and companies that you have provided services to or contracted with, for the purpose of verifying Expert Information and/or confirming any consents or approvals you may need to participate in the Site as an Expert or in specific Project(s). You agree that AQUILARE may disclose your information in response to legal process, to protect AQUILARE’ or a Client’s rights, as otherwise required by law, or for the prevention or detection of a crime or fraudulent conduct.
If AQUILARE sells all or part of its company or enters into a partnership with another business entity, you agree that AQUILARE may disclose your information to its new business partners or owners who may then provide you with information about their products and services. You agree that AQUILARE may share your information with third parties to further the businesses of AQUILARE, its affiliates, and their respective business partners provided that each has agreed not to use such information to sell or market products or services to you without your prior consent. AQUILARE will not sell your information to third-party marketers or similar organizations. Whenever we share your information, we will always give due consideration to ensure that any disclosure does not cause any unwarranted prejudice to your privacy. The Clients may be required, by law or their own compliance policies, to disclose certain details of your consulting, including your name and the amount you were paid (“Required Client Disclosures”). You authorize AQUILARE to make Required Client Disclosures on behalf of and at the direction of Clients and you agree to provide any additional information necessary to complete any Required Client Disclosures. You agree that your information will be held by AQUILARE in India and may also be held and accessed by AQUILARE staff and third parties working for AQUILARE, or AQUILARE' subsidiaries and affiliates, inside and outside India.
For Experts based in the United States, you agree that your information may be transferred to AQUILARE’ India offices to be used for these purposes, and it may be transferred to and shared with any of AQUILARE' worldwide locations. You may request a full list of all subsidiaries and affiliates of AQUILARE. You agree that AQUILARE may, if it so chooses, conducts a background check on you, including through a third-party service, seek to confirm your employment history and education credentials, as well as check for any criminal history. AQUILARE may also seek to verify the accuracy of the invoices you submit and confirm the substance of your discussions with Clients. As it conducts background checks and other verifications, you agree to cooperate with AQUILARE and provide any necessary consents. You agree that AQUILARE may retain your information for its business purposes if you cease to be a member of the Site as an Expert, except to the extent you reside in a jurisdiction that requires otherwise, provided that AQUILARE will protect all such information about you in accordance with these Expert Terms.
Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, AQUILARE may use, disclose, sell and otherwise commercialize any information or data in de-identified form.
CONFIDENTIALITY AND USE OF AQUILARE AND CLIENT INFORMATION
During the course of your participation in the Site as an Expert you SHALL NOT disclose confidential information, which includes: material, nonpublic information (MNPI), including MNPI related to any company, security, industry, or legislation; proprietary information, including trade secrets, copyrighted information, business information, belonging to past or present employers, companies for whom you have consulted, or any other third party; information that you have a duty or have agreed to keep confidential (e.g., by contract, fiduciary duty, etc.); information that was disclosed to you or to which you were permitted access under the assumption or expectation that you keep it confidential; and information you believe may be confidential. Additionally, you will not disclose any information that you are otherwise prohibited from disclosing under applicable law or which might result in your breach of any regulatory, legal, ethical, or professional standard or rule.
RELIANCE BY CLIENTS
These Expert Terms are intended to benefit Clients. Clients expect that all Projects will be carried out in accordance with these Expert Terms and applicable laws and that, among other things, they will not receive any confidential information, including material non-public information, and their own Restricted Information will not be disclosed. Clients may from time to time request that you confirm any part of these Expert Terms, and any additional terms or compliance policies required by Clients as a condition to your participation in or payment on a Project (“Confirmations”). You agree that, to the extent you have provided any Confirmations, you shall be obligated to honor such Confirmations in addition to these Expert Terms, and that the applicable Client shall have the right to directly enforce your compliance with such Client’s Confirmations, if any. You understand that other Experts, each Client, and the person with whom you may engage in any Project or Platform Activity is an intended beneficiary of these Expert Terms and the covenants and agreements made by you hereunder, and that Clients, as third-party beneficiaries of these Expert Terms, have the right to directly enforce your compliance with these Expert Terms.
You are responsible for providing your or your organization’s payment or payout details on your AQUILARE Account page and keeping such information up-to-date. If you are employed, you must follow your employer’s policies that may relate to payment by AQUILARE. You are wholly responsible for accurately logging hours or partial hours spent working on a Project in the Site Submission Logs every day for weekly payment cycles and entering a description of the work completed against those hours as required by the Client. You may not retroactively alter or claim hours worked once the weekly payment cycle is processed. As a condition to payment, you may be required to provide certain confirmations related to the Project for AQUILARE and/or the Client with whom you consulted including additional identifying information. Payments will be based on the applicable rate entered by the Client in their Project Hiring Offer that is accepted by you. If you or your employer has specified that payments be remitted to your employer, you agree, so long as your relationship with your employer exists or until your employer provides otherwise in writing, that payments will be made to your employer. Payment terms for Platform Activities, to the extent applicable, will be made in accordance with the terms set forth on AQUILARE’ websites regarding the particular Platform Activity or as otherwise agreed in writing by AQUILARE.
In the event that a Client disputes your request for payment or the quality of your work on a Project or Platform Activity, AQUILARE may withhold payment until such dispute is resolved. You agree that in the event of any such payment dispute, AQUILARE has the sole and final authority to resolve such dispute in AQUILARE reasonable discretion, and you agree to be bound thereby. You further understand and agree that you have no right to payment for a Project or Platform Activity to the extent AQUILARE reasonably determines you have violated these Expert Terms or AQUILARE compliance rules, including but not limited to providing incorrect information in your AQUILARE Expert Profile or referring third parties in violation of law or AQUILARE’ referral rules, and to the extent you have already received payment for Projects or Platform Activities involving such violations, AQUILARE shall have the right to recover such payments in full. AQUILARE may require you to provide additional information (including your Social Security number or equivalent Tax Identification number) about yourself or your employer/company as part of AQUILARE’ security procedures. To protect your information from third party misuse, please provide such information or any updates to your bank account by through AQUILARE’ Site, not by email. You agree that all fees imposed on you by any banking institution to process any payment from AQUILARE are your sole responsibility including processing and foreign transaction fees. You will receive payouts at the end of the month for any Project work from that month. This payout will be the project value minus the AQUILARE’ Site Commission Fee of 10% as described in the Site FAQ. Non-U.S. Experts may be asked to confirm such status. This contract is with, and you shall receive your payments from, AQUILARE Pte. Ltd., a India entity. You agree that you are responsible for paying any applicable taxes in your jurisdiction on payments you receive from AQUILARE, in accordance with applicable law and, if applicable, you agree to provide AQUILARE evidence of such tax payments upon AQUILARE’ request.
Arbitration, Class Action Waiver and Jury Trial Waiver Any dispute, controversy or claim, whether in tort, contract, or otherwise, that arises from or relates to these Expert Terms, including whether the claims asserted are arbitrable, shall be exclusively and finally determined under the rules of India International Arbitration Centre (SIAC Rules) in effect from time to time. The venue for all arbitrations shall be India, unless otherwise agreed by the parties in writing. The language to be used in the arbitral proceeding will be English. Judgment upon the award rendered by the arbitrator may be entered by any court having jurisdiction thereof. Arbitration shall not be deemed a waiver of the right to seek injunctive relief in any court of competent jurisdiction as provided for in these Expert Terms. Each party is responsible for its own legal fees, and the arbitrator may not include the payment of attorneys’ fees or expenses as a part of any award.
You and AQUILARE are agreeing to give up any rights to litigate claims in a court or before a jury or to participate in a class action or representative action with respect to a claim. Other rights that you would have if you went to court, such as access to discovery, may also be unavailable or may be limited in arbitration. In addition, this arbitration provision affects your ability to participate in class, collective or representative actions. Both you and AQUILARE agree to bring any dispute in arbitration on an individual basis only, and not on a class, collective, or representative basis on behalf of others. There will be no right or authority for any dispute to be brought, heard or arbitrated as a class, collective, representative or private attorney general action, or as a member in any such class, collective, representative or private attorney general proceeding (“Class Action Waiver”). The Class Action Waiver does not prevent you from bringing a Claim in arbitration as a private attorney general solely on your own behalf and not on behalf of others. Notwithstanding any other portion of this Arbitration Provision or the SIAC Rules, the arbitrator will have authority to hear any Claim on a class, collective, or representative basis if, only if, and only to the extent that, the arbitrator determines that the waiver of such class, collective, or representative Claim is unenforceable.
This Arbitration Provision is the full and complete agreement relating to the formal resolution of Claims. For the avoidance of doubt, this Arbitration Provision covers, and the arbitrator shall have exclusive jurisdiction to decide, all disputes arising out of or relating to the interpretation, enforcement, or application of this Arbitration Provision, including the enforceability, revocability, scope, or validity of the Arbitration Provision or any portion of the Arbitration Provision. All such matters shall be decided by an arbitrator and not by a court. The parties expressly agree that the arbitrator and not a court will decide any question of whether the parties agreed to arbitrate, including but not limited to any claim that all or part of this Agreement is void or voidable.
In the event any portion of this Arbitration Provision is deemed unenforceable, the remainder of this Arbitration Provision will be enforceable. If any portion of the Class Action Waiver portion of this Arbitration Provision is deemed to be unenforceable, you and AQUILARE agree that this Arbitration Provision will be enforced to the fullest extent permitted by law (but in no case shall there be a class or collective action arbitration).
Regardless of any other terms of this Arbitration Provision, a claim may be brought by or to, and remedies awarded by, an administrative agency if applicable law permits the agency to adjudicate, investigate or prosecute the claim notwithstanding the existence of this agreement to arbitrate. Nothing in this Arbitration Provision will be deemed to preclude or excuse a party from bringing an administrative claim before any agency in order to fulfill the party’s obligation to exhaust administrative remedies before making a claim in arbitration, if any.
Governing Law These Expert Terms, as well as any claims arising from or related thereto, whether in tort, contract or otherwise, are governed by the laws of India without regard to any choice or conflict of law rules.
Severability The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Expert Terms shall not for those reasons alone affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision of these Expert Terms.
Third Party Right A person who is not party to these Expert Terms has no rights under the Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Act (Chapter 53B of India) to enforce any term of these Expert Terms but this does not affect any right or remedy of a third party which exists or is available apart from the said Act.
Termination Subject to your obligation to complete Projects for which you are engaged, you have the right to withdraw from the Site as an Expert at any time upon notice to AQUILARE. AQUILARE may suspend, limit, or cancel your access to the Site at any time for any reason without notice, including because: (i) we believe you have violated these Expert Terms; (ii) we believe you have violated our rights or the rights of any third party; (iii) we are unable to verify or authenticate information you have provided to us; or (iv) we believe your actions may create liabilities for you, us or a third party.
In these Expert Terms, the words “including” and “include” mean “including, but not limited to.”
By signing up as an Expert on the Site, you agree to these Expert Terms, and you acknowledge that you are making express representations to AQUILARE and Clients that you will abide by all of your obligations and responsibilities as set forth in these Expert Terms.