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 from The Onion. On the contrary: workplace theft – from stealing merchandise to customer lists to money from the corporate safe – is serious business, exacting significant costs on companies, fellow employees and customers alike.” Read on»

2. Unpaid Internships: Risky Business or Business as Usual?

“Summertime, and the livin’ is easy … unless, of course, you have an unpaid intern – in which case, the livin’ is fraught with all sorts of legal and human resource complications you might not have even considered. Until now, that is.” Read on»

3. Employment Background Checks: What You Need to Know (and Do)

“… running certain background checks on job applicants can leave employers open to charges of discriminatory hiring practices. From labor & employment lawyers on JD Supra, here are five recommendations for using criminal and credit background checks without exposing your company to unnecessary liability.” Read on»

4. 5 Legal Matters That Can Make or Break a Small Business

“When you’re running a business, making mistakes is a fact of life. But making legal mistakes – especially when they are avoidable – can mean the difference between the success and failure of your company.” Read on»

5. Could Your Employee Leave Policies Get You Into Trouble?

“Earlier this year, a federal district court in California found that the attendance policy at Dillard’s department stores discriminates against the company’s employees because it requires sick workers to divulge information that may be protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Could your policies expose your business to similar charges?” Read on»

6. 3 Things You Have To Do When Terminating an Employee for Theft

“If the fear of employees stealing from your business keeps you awake at night, you’re probably not alone: experts estimate that employee theft costs employers billions each year. When it happens, here are three things you must do…” Read on»

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

“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. If Facebook postings or tweets involve working conditions or wages, employees are free to comment.” Read on»

8. Funding a Small Business: 7 Financing Sources to Consider

“Bank loans, crowdfunding, venture capital, and more: entrepreneurs looking to start and grow their businesses have multiple options. In the end, however, there are only two kinds of money: debt, which is borrowed, and equity, which is traded for ownership of the company.” Read on»

9. Health Care Reform: Final Rules for SBC Released

“On February 14, 2012, the Departments of Treasury, Labor, and Health and Human Services published final regulations on the new Summary of Benefits and Coverage (SBC) that insurers and group health plan administrators will be required to distribute later this year. Designed to provide clear and consistent information across health plans, the SBC will enable employers and participants to compare and understand the costs and benefits of different health coverage options.” Read on»

10. NLRB Employee Rights Poster: Federal Court Upholds Rule and April 30 Deadline

“Stop us if you’ve heard this one before… The National Labor Relations Board’s poster rule, requiring both union and non-union employers to post notice of employee rights under the National Labor Relations Act, is back in the news.” Read on»


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