Topic: Law

It’s Valentine’s Day – Do You Know What Your Employees Are Doing?

“Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and while you might be tempted to show your affection to colleagues with candy, flowers or thoughtful cards, labor attorney Steve Palazzolo has one suggestion: Don’t…  ‘What worked for us in elementary school does not translate successfully to the office. To avoid conflict – or, even worse, violating… 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 »

Starting a Small Business? Remember These 10 Essential Steps

Thinking of starting a business? These updates will help. For your reference, ten essential steps in planning, structuring and managing your new company, from lawyers and law firms on JD Supra: 1.Select a Business Name “The name selected must not deceive or mislead the public or already be in use or reserved… Several alternative names… Read more »

Social Media in Business: 8 Steps to Legal Compliance

Ready or not, your business’ online presence is becoming an integral part of your marketing plan, business strategy, and human resources program. To successfully navigate the legal and regulatory issues that govern the use of social media by your company and your employees, consider these eight recommendations for social media compliance: 1.Implement a company-wide social… Read more »

Business Immigration: Employer Compliance, Employment Authorization Cards, PERM Certification, Visa Updates, & More

“Although the Presidential candidates will not be delving into all the volatile details of immigration in an election year,” writes labor and employment law firm Fisher & Phillips, “employers should tackle immigration issues to avoid monetary penalties and criminal sanctions.” To help you do that, here’s a roundup of recent legal commentary on business immigration… 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 »

New NLRB Report on Social Media Cases in the Workplace

On January 24th, 2012, general counsel for the National Labor Relations Board released an updated reported on recently reviewed social media cases. The report looks at 14 new cases – many of which focus on social media policies in the workplace. Of note to managers, HR professionals, employment specialists, and – really – anyone with… Read more »

Employer Health Care & W-2s: Mandatory Reporting of Costs in 2013

Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in 2013 employers must begin reporting “aggregate costs” they pay for employee health coverage on the individual W-2 Forms of those employees. For your reference, five takeaways from the recently published Internal Revenue Service guidance on the reporting requirement: On Aggregate Costs… “‘Aggregate cost’ is the total… Read more »

Wage Theft Prevention Act in New York and California: Effective January 1, 2012

On January 1, 2012, wage-theft legislation went into effect in both California and New York, two of the nation’s three most populous states. The new laws require employers to provide employees with a standard set of information regarding their employment conditions. For your reference, here’s a roundup of recent legal commentary and analysis on those… 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 »

NLRB Rules Mandatory Class Action Waivers Unlawful: 6 Takeaways for Employers & Employees

On January 3, 2012, the National Labor Relations Board ruled in D.R. Horton that the National Labor Relations Act prohibits mandatory arbitration policies forcing employees to give up their rights to participate in class action lawsuits over workplace conditions. As a result, employers with arbitration policies in place will need to review those policies to… Read more »