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2012 In Review – The Most Popular Small Business Support Posts of the Year

As we look back at the most-read stories of the year, three issues quickly rise to the top: Technology in the workplace, especially employee use of social media (both on and off the clock), Health care reform and how to comply with the new rules, and Day-to-day employment matters, from hiring to firing and just… Read more »

Your Business Healthy? Measure It Against These 10 Best Practices…

From Lane Powell’s Annie Lee, this update contains ten practical suggestions for maintaining the health of your business. It’s like a dose of preventive medicine for your company: “6. Adopt financial controls. Work with your accountant to develop appropriate templates for your general ledger and financial statements. Make sure your bookkeeper, controller or chief financial… Read more »

International Expansion: Legal Risks of Setting Up Outside the US

From Sonia Agee at Ropers Majeski Kohn & Bentley, who reminds business owners of the risks that can accompany the rewards of establishing international operations: “Establishing a foreign subsidiary may have lucrative business advantages, but if you’ve decided to pursue this strategy, it’s important to stay informed, plan ahead and follow proper compliance with both… Read more »

Legal Contracts: 6 Drafting Tips for Small Businesses

If you own or manage a business, you’re likely to have entered into contracts with employees, vendors, consultants, renters and landlords, banks and other financial institutions, insurers, and, of course, customers and clients. To help prevent your agreements from getting you into the wrong kind of bind, here are six tips on drafting legal contracts:… Read more »

Doing Business in California

From Fox Rothschild, a comprehensive overview of doing business in the nation’s largest state: “The allure of doing business in California is undeniable. It is the world’s sixth largest economy and a market of more than 36 million people. For employers, however, California presents unique challenges because its laws differ significantly from federal laws and… Read more »

Privacy Laws: 5 Areas for Businesses to Watch in 2012

“The world of identity theft and its legal consequences are not limited to big credit companies. Main street businesses, with online portals, or credit/payment card facilities of some kind are just as much at risk. And if the rhetoric doesn’t scare, then the numbers should as the Identity Theft Resource Center states the business sector… Read more »

New Jersey Trade Secret Act Passed; Awaits Governor’s Signature

On December 5, 2011, the New Jersey Assembly sent the New Jersey Trade Secrets Act, the state’s own version of the Uniform Trade Secrets Act, to Governor Chris Christie for signature. Written to codify a long history of well-developed case law, the Act provides statutory remedies and procedural guidance for the misappropriation of trade secrets.… Read more »

Transgender Equal Rights Bill Passed in Massachusetts

“On November 23, 2011, [Massachusetts] Governor Patrick signed into law House Bill 3810, ‘An Act Relative To Gender Identity.’ The new law protects transgender individuals from discrimination in housing, education, employment and credit by adding ‘gender identity’ to the list of classes protected by various Massachusetts non-discrimination and hate crime statutes.” (Massachusetts Enacts Transgender Equal… Read more »

XXX Domains: It Ain’t Over ‘Til the Red Light Goes Out…

The general availability period for obtaining an .XXX domain is here. That means that anyone—a person, company or organization, whether or not they’re part of the adult entertainment industry—can apply for an .XXX domain name. If you haven’t blocked YourCompanyName.XXX, there’s still time to do it. That’s the good news. The bad? .XXX domains will… Read more »

Social Media Law: Workplace Issues, Privacy & Data Collection, Electronic Discovery, & More…

For your reference, a roundup of recent social media law updates and news on JD Supra: On workplace-related issues… Develop Clear Policy for Employee Social Media Use (Fox Rothschild): “Employers beware: The National Labor Relations Board is scrutinizing company socialmedia policies — and their rulings apply to all companies, whether or not they are unionized.… Read more »

H-1B Visa Cap Reached: What Options Remain for Businesses That Missed the Cut?

On November 22, US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the cap of 65,000 applications for 2012 H-1B visas had been met, and that petitions received after that date would be rejected. What does this mean for employers seeking work visas for foreign nationals in 2012? The short answer: they have to wait until April 1,… Read more »

IP Law: Protecting Your Company’s Intellectual Property

“Business law is based on common sense. You can buy or sell breakfast, a toaster or car repair without a lawyer. Intellectual Property is different. Common sense does not always apply to IP. This is dangerous because IP is often a valuable competitive advantage, e.g., McDonald’s trademarked name and golden arches, Coca-Cola’s secret formula, Microsoft’s… Read more »