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On April 22, 2010, new Environmental Protection Agency standards relating to lead-based paint went into effect. Here’s a breakdown of the critical points.
Operating a franchise gives you the freedom to run your own business with the security and support of a franchisor. But you could run into trouble if you don’t heed the terms of your legally binding franchise agreement.
Certain questions are off-limits when you’re interviewing job candidates. Consider the following dos and don’ts when putting together a list of standardized questions for applicants.
As the holiday season approaches, many small business owners will host holiday festivities. The goal is to keep the celebrations safe and fun. You can achieve both goals at your office party by watching out for the following two problems: intoxication and harassment.
Image can be everything. This is especially true for your business. Whether your business offers products or services, customers need to distinguish your business from the competition. A catchy name, phrase, logo, symbol, or design is frequently a business' most valuable asset and should be protected. If you obtain and protect your mark, you have taken the first steps to building brand identification with your customer and protecting an important business asset.
Legal problems drain finances, time and the emotions. Anyone who has been involved with legal difficulties will agree that one of the most prudent things a small business can do is set up procedures to help avoid legal problems before they arise.
With all the talk of H1N1 these days, many small business owners are wondering what they can do to keep their workplaces healthy. NFIB has given you information about how to prepare for H1N1, but what can you do—what are your obligations—if one of your employees gets sick?
Infringing on a copyright can cost a business thousands of dollars. While large corporations have corporate librarians to deal with copyright issues, small businesses have to navigate copyright issues alone. It's important to be aware of the problem and create a copyright policy for your business.
Opening a business is an inherently risky endeavor. Part of that risk, especially in today’s economy, stems from the possibility of a customer going bankrupt. Even the most reliable customers might find themselves in financial difficulty--and if that happens, you need to know how to get paid.
The Internet can be an indispensible tool for small businesses, but if you're not careful, you could get caught in a scam. Familiarize yourself with common internet scams so you can avoid getting duped by a false promotion.
According to Wikipedia, prior to 1947, unions and employers covered by the National Labor Relations Act could lawfully agree to a "closed shop," which meant employees at unionized workplaces had to be members of the union as a requirement of employment. An employee who left the union for any reason at all could also be fired for any reason. A particular section of the Taft-Hartley Act -- Section 14(b) -- authorizes individual states (not local governments) to outlaw the union shop employees working in their jurisdictions.
As healthcare costs continue to rise, many small business owners are looking for ways to cut costs. Be careful. Some cost-saving strategies might lead to lawsuits and headaches. Avoid the following legal pitfalls.
There's a good chance that any employment application more than four or five years old asks for information that, legally, can no longer be requested. Whether you designed your own application or purchased a generic form, if it's a few years old, its use is risky.
In a tough economy, the possibility of layoffs becomes a harsh reality for many businesses. News of layoffs are difficult for business owners to deliver and even more difficult for employees to receive. Layoffs may not, however, provide the "out" that many owners want. Businesses may overlook the following layoff costs.
In January 2009, President Barack Obama signed The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This law significantly increased the amount of time in which an employee can file a pay discrimination complaint. Previously, employees had just 180 days from the allegedly discriminatory employment decision to file a claim. Now an employee has 180 days from issuance of each paycheck tainted by alleged discrimination.
With many businesses preparing to hire seasonal help, now is the time to ensure that your company’s immigration policies and procedures are legal. The following steps will help keep your business in compliance.
When a business grows to the point that it "becomes a key source of income," it's time to seek legal guidance. It's also important to determine the type of business entity most appropriate for the company. And when shopping for legal representation, there are several key steps to take before making a final decision.
Make sure your next subcontractor agreement includes these 7 points in writing to avoid the high legal costs associated with surprises and misunderstandings.
With the economy in crisis, many small business owners are looking for ways to cut costs, which often leads to layoffs. But employers should be careful when laying off employees if they want to avoid costly lawsuits.
Are you on top of what you need to know to protect yourself legally? From the time you open your doors for business even before there are many different areas you need to watch. Most likely, you've engaged an attorney at least for your startup. But if you're a sole proprietor, for example, who's ready to expand, plan on paying even more attention to the legal basics.
A notary public is a person with a special commission from a state or county government that allows him or her to acknowledge the official witnessing of another person's signature on a document. According to Tim Reiniger, executive director of the National Notary Association, there are 4.5 million notaries in the United States. That figure does not include the millions of lawyers nationwide who by virtue of being an attorney are also vested with that authority. Each state maintains its own rules about whether attorneys are automatically notaries.
Consumers rushed to embrace the Federal Trade Commission’s "do-not-call" list, but the Federal Communications Commission’s "do-not-fax" rule did not receive the same reception. Here's what you need to know to comply.
The decision to terminate an employee is never easy and is usually a last-resort measure. But unfortunately, termination may be inevitable. To avoid legal problems down the road, you should establish a set approach to employee management that includes procedures for firing an employee. The following six steps can help you effectively handle terminations.
Most employers recognize that on occasion the work performance of some employees falls below the acceptable level that they've come to expect. As an employer it's important for you to take action when you notice than an employee's performance has deteriorated.
Does your business print credit or debit card receipts for your customers? A recent federal consumer protection law changes the way you do business.
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