Monthly Archives: April 2012

Crowdfunding Has Arrived! What This Actually Means for Startups…

[Link: Crowdfunding: What Is It? Who Will Use It? Is It Worth the Hype? – LXBN] The “crowdfunding exemption” is one of the most talked-about provisions of President Obama’s new Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. In short, the exemption allows startups and smaller issuers to raise funds through social media via small contributions from many individuals… Read more »

Starting a Tech Startup? Watch These Videos…

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful, that’s what matters to me.” – Steve Jobs Yesterday you emailed your team news of Facebook’s ONE BILLION DOLLAR acquisition of Instagram. Because, while you live by the Steve Jobs quote (you’re building something… Read more »

NRLB Targets Non-Union Employees: What’s an Employer to Do?

“The National Labor Relations Board’s (‘NLRB’) aggressive campaign to educate non-union employees about their rights under the National Labor Relations Act (‘NLRA’) is in full swing. In addition to the mandatory notice posting requirement that will go into effect for all employers on April 30, the NLRB recently announced its plan to launch a new… Read more »

Social Media in the Workplace: Lawyers Weigh In… [With Video]

Much has been said lately about the dubious practice of asking for Facebook passwords during job interviews. But, as you can tell from our quick roundup below, this is not the only issue at the intersection of social media, your business governance policies, and the law. For your consideration [updated 4/12 with video – see… Read more »

How Will The JOBS Act Help Smaller Businesses? Here Are 5 Ways

On April 5, 2012, President Obama signed into law the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, which will help small businesses and emerging growth companies raise capital and go public: “The provisions of the JOBS Act represent a watershed change to the laws and regulations governing capital raising for private companies. Some of the provisions –… Read more »

Workplace Policies in the Social Media Age: a User Manual

From law firm Fenwick & West, a comprehensive review of the issues facing employers in today’s digital workplace. There’s something for everyone – and every situation – in this 129-page update, from background searches to employee privacy to the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act: “Given the mobility of electronic information, the stakes keep getting higher… Read more »

EEOC Limits Options for Employers Fighting Age Discrimination Claims

On March 30, 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission published its final rule on regulations governing the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). The regulations, which will go into effect on April 29, 2012, outline the EEOC’s position on the “reasonable factors other than age” defense in age discrimination claims. The new rules lay out… Read more »

Congratulations, You’re an Employer! Now What?

The good news is that your business is growing, and you’re ready to hire your first employee. But that means stepping into what is likely to be unknown territory: you’ve got to write a job description, interview candidates, find the right person, and – most importantly – manage your new employee once he or she… Read more »

Most Popular Small Business Posts – Mar 2012

What’s on your mind? Employee theft, internships, social media, business funding, healthcare reform, and a range of other small business-related legal topics. For your (re)reading pleasure, here’s a look at the most-read Small Business Support posts over the past month: 1. Employee Theft: What Are People Stealing on the Job? “No, it isn’t a headline… Read more »