Topic: Law

Social Media Law: Interesting Updates As Seen on Twitter

 There’s much to consider at the intersection of digital media and the law: data privacy, employee rights, consumer protections, intellectual property, defamation, NLRB labor rules, international regulations, crowdfunding concerns, emerging mobile tech laws … For a closer look at these issues (and others), we give you – without even the faintest trace of irony –… Read more »

Considering Crowdfunding For Your Startup? Consider This First…

Signed into law earlier this year, the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act promises to make capital raising easier for small and emerging growth businesses by loosening important regulatory restrictions on private and public equity offerings. The “crowdfunding exemption” (one of the most anticipated changes in the law) will allow businesses to raise up to… 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Obama’s JOBS Act: Legal Analysis & Commentary

“Come together, right now, over…” JOBS! In late March, both Congressional chambers overwhelmingly voiced their support for the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act. The bill, which President Obama signed into law on April 5, 2012, contains a variety of measures that will ease barriers for companies seeking to raise money and go public. For… Read more »

Still Working on Your Small Business Taxes? These Updates Might Inspire You

The old adage “time marches on” never seems more true than during tax season, especially during the last weeks when your docs are due.For small business owners and entrepreneurs still scrambling to complete their taxes, this roundup of legal advisories might help: New IRS Requirements for Electronic Furnishing of Schedules K-1 (Ropes & Gray LLP)… Read more »

Could Your Employee Leave Policies Get You Into Trouble?

“In EEOC v.Dillard’s Inc., the Court held that Dillard’s attendance policy violated the federal Americans with Disabilities Act because it required any health-related absence to be supported by a doctor’s note stating ‘the nature of the absence (such as migraine, high blood pressure, etc…).’” (Employers Generally Cannot Require Reasons for Sick Leave by White &… Read more »

Lawyer: Asking for Facebook Password in Hiring Process Might Violate the Federal Stored Communications Act [Video]

The web is abuzz with news (and fairly unanimous outrage) that some employers are asking job candidates for their Facebook passwords, as a way to do proper due diligence on the folks they’re hiring. Make what you will of the practice, personally, there are certainly legal implications to it. Here’s a quick video analysis on… Read more »

Supreme Court Finds States Immune from FMLA Self-Care Provision Lawsuits

On March 20, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court held in Coleman v. Court of Appeals of Maryland that states are immune from lawsuits under the self-care provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In plain English: state employees cannot sue their employers, even when those employers violate one of the core provisions of… Read more »

Unpaid Internships: Risky Business or Business as Usual?

“The answer to the question, ‘Are unpaid internships worth the risk?’ is that only the organization being asked to provide one can decide this in the context of its own circumstances, capabilities, and philosophy… If management concludes that is willing to allow unpaid internships, then it should plan, structure, and supervise them very carefully, bearing… Read more »

Living the Startup Life? Read These Legal Advisories

Starting a business takes more than hard work and a good idea. You need to be able to run a business, get financing, pay your taxes, protect your intellectual property, and more. For entrepreneurs and small business owners living the startup life, here’s a roundup of recent advisories covering the diverse legal considerations that come… Read more »

Selling Your Business? 5 Questions You Should Ask

For most entrepreneurs and business owners, selling the company they’ve built and run is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. And a difficult one: the stakes are high, the decisions are unfamiliar, and the transaction itself can be quite complex. To start off right, ask yourself these five questions as you consider the sale of your business: 1.What… Read more »