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Employment Background Checks: Two HR Law Updates

FYI: here are two recent legal updates looking at the tricky issues surrounding employee background checks – what you can look for, what’s out of bounds. The first piece of commentary, by law firm Fisher & Phillips, looks at the U.S. Supreme Court’s January 19, 2011, decision in NASA v. Nelson, with privacy implications that… Read more »

Link of the Day: Social Media Research + Employment Decisions: May Be a Recipe for Litigation

From law firm Sheppard Mullin: “We are the Google generation. We meet someone interesting, and then search the Internet to learn more about them. There is nothing wrong with doing this in the context of networking, making new friends, or pitching for business. However, searching the Internet for information about someone who is trying to… Read more »

1099 Reporting for Rental Property: What Lawyers Are Saying

Here’s a quick legal reading list to help you make sense of the new 1099 reporting requirements for rental properties. The new rules affect both landlords and tenants, including businesses paying rent for office/work space(s) – be sure you know what’s required of you: – Information Reporting for Rental Property Activities (by Green & Seifter):… Read more »

Taxes and Business: Important Updates for January 2011

For your reference, here’s a disparate collection of legal alerts and articles covering various and recent developments in the world of taxes and business: – IRS Issues Guidance Relating to the Tax Treatment of Gift Cards (by Bryan Cave): “On January 5, 2011, the IRS issued two revenue procedures that address certain federal income tax… Read more »

Social Media in the Workplace: A Legal Update

For your reference, here’s a reading list of the most recent articles on JD Supra to help you stay abreast of the myriad legal considerations raised by social media in the workplace. (See archives of previous reading lists at bottom of post.) » – Social Media Use Policies – Fact Versus Fiction (by Miller & Martin… Read more »

Link of the Day: What’s Not To Like About Social Media?

Commentary from law firm Sands Anderson: “Whether it is the creation of instant stardom for a homeless man (the “voice” Ted Williams) through a viral YouTube video, or the tweeting of a congresswoman’s imminent meeting in a parking lot and subsequent tweeting of the tragedy that followed, social media has changed the way we live,… Read more »

Protecting Intellectual Property: An Entrepreneurs’ Guide to Trademarks, Copyrights, and Patents

Here’s what lawyers and law firms on JD Supra are writing to help business owners and entrepreneurs make sense of trademarks, copyrights, and patents. A legal reading list on protecting your company’s intellectual property: – Protect your Intellectual Property – People, Processes & Products (by Bambi Faivre Walters, PC): A brief overview: “The term ‘intellectual… Read more »

Employment Law Update: Final GINA Regulations in Effect

A recent employment update from law firm Venable LLP reminds us that as of January 10, 2011, final rules of Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (“GINA”) are in effect: “So as the new year begins, employers should become familiar with the regulations and take certain steps aimed at making their… Read more »

Women-Owned Business and the SBA: What Does it Mean?

Here’s an explanation of the Small Business Administration’s October 2010 rule defining treatment of women-owned businesses that qualify for federal contracts: How Will SBA’s Final Rule on Women-Owned Businesses Impact You? by Thompson Coburn. Highlights: – On Thursday, October 7, 2010, the Small Business Administration (SBA) published a long-awaited final rule laying out the framework… Read more »

Small Business Jobs Act: What’s Important to You?

Here’s what JD Supra lawyers and law firms have written to help you make sense of the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010. The commentary and analysis covers new tax breaks for small businesses, changes in Small Business Administration loans, new business credit calculations, rules for employer-provided cell phones, and more: – Congress Enacts 2010… Read more »

Piercing the Corporate Veil: How to Avoid Personal Liability in Business

Here’s a look at what JD Supra lawyers are writing about how to avoid personal liability in the way you run your business. These overview articles introduce some of the best practices to avoid personal liability in business – and touch upon topics such “piercing the corporate veil” among others: – Protect Your Business Structure… Read more »