February 26, 2020

More than 10 percent of employees between the ages of 35 and 44 had their wages garnished last year, according to a new study by payroll company ADP. That’s a staggering figure, and it creates a serious problem for employers, who are subject to complex state and federa...

February 26, 2020

If salespeople connect with their business contacts on LinkedIn or another social media site, can they take that information with them when they leave the company? Maybe not, according to a federal court in California.

David Oakes worked for six years as a salesman for...

February 26, 2020

Most stores that lease space in a mall or other commercial area would like a guarantee that the landlord won’t also rent to a competing business.

This guarantee is known as “exclusive use,” and you can negotiate for it in a lease. If you’re negotiating a right to exclus...

February 26, 2020

Many businesses have a buyout agreement that says that if one owner retires or resigns, the others can buy out his or her interest at a certain price.

These agreements are a smart idea for retaining control of a company. But you should keep in mind that they can sometim...

February 26, 2020

If you provide bonuses, awards, gifts or prizes to employees or customers, it’s important to understand the tax consequences. It’s particularly important if the recipient is going to have to pay a tax – you’ll want them to understand this fact from the start, so they d...

February 26, 2020

Companies that are leasing their own space for the first time are often surprised by the terms of a commercial lease – and even companies that have leased space before sometimes overlook important points where they might be able to negotiate matters to their advantage....

February 26, 2020

About 85% of American companies have a written policy that limits workers' use of cell phones while driving. The goal is to improve employee safety, while also preventing lawsuits from people who are injured by distracted employees. That's great - but many of these pol...

September 17, 2015

If you've put a lot of time and money into designing a distinctive website or online store, and a competitor comes along and copies your site's look, can you sue?

 

Yes, according to a federal court in California. The "look and feel" of a website is protected by the trad...

January 21, 2015

 

If you've put a lot of time and money into designing a distinctive website or online store, and a competitor comes along and copies your site's look, can you sue?

 

Yes, according to a federal court in California. The "look and feel" of a website is protected by the tra...

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