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January 2017 Newsletter

What to Do When Customers Threaten to Sue Your Business For small business owners, when a customer threatens to sue, the threat needs to be evaluated before any actions are taken as a result of the threat. The majority of threats are not carried out, as the majority of people

December Newsletter

Holiday Pay and Bonuses: What’s Legally Required for Small Businesses It’s that time of year when the world falls in love … with spending money and shopping! While you may be relying on this time of year to make your business profits soar, your employees may be relying on extra

November Newsletter

Can You Serve Someone With a Lawsuit via Twitter? It’s a fundamental principle of our legal system — if you’re going to sue someone, you have to put them on notice that they’re being sued. Defendants need to be given a chance to respond to accusations against them. But this

October Newsletter

Is it Legal to Poach a Competitor’s Employees? There have been a lot of news lately of top executives in Silicon Valley jumping ship to work with company rivals. The fact is that competition for talent is fierce in most high-stakes industries with limited employee pools, causing companies to go above and

September Newsletter

How Will New Marijuana Laws Impact Small Business Employment Policies? A grand total of eight states have new marijuana laws on the upcoming November ballot, ranging from recreational cannabis in California to restricted medical marijuana in Florida. And if small business owners aren’t keeping an eye on pot referendums in

August Newsletter

How Not to Write a Cease and Desist Letter Small business owners are protective of their brand. And there is the natural tendency to lash out at anything — fake online reviews, defamatory comments, or intellectual property theft — that threatens the integrity of that brand. Heck, even Donald Trump (or more accurately, especially

July Newsletter

3 Contract Drafting Tips to Help Your Business If you are in business, then you definitely enter contracts regularly. Sometimes you’re buying and sometimes you’re selling, but most likely you’re dealing quite a lot. In light of that, you should create standard contracts for your business, or form agreements that

June Newsletter

Top 4 LGBT Discrimination Issues for Small Business Employers Percentages show you already have lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, or transgender (also known as collectively LGBT) employees working alongside or in your business. Therefore, you should at least be aware of the federal and state laws prohibiting employment discrimination based on someone’s

May Newsletter

3 Tips on Business Breakups There is a lot you can do to ensure that you handle the dissolution of a business partnership with grace. It starts with the beginning of the relationship. Here are three pointers, inspired by advice to entrepreneurs from small business lawyers in YFS Magazine. Business

April Newsletter

Are Parents Liable for a Minor Child’s Contracts? Your kids are great but they sometimes do foolish things and lately you’ve been wondering just how far your responsibility extends. You know you must feed, clothe, and shelter your children, provide them with care and an education. But are you also