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Who Reads the Instructions Anyway? The Role of Job Descriptions in Limiting Liability - June 21, 2017

How many times have you heard employment counsel say, "update your job descriptions?" Enough that you dream of updates? Enough that one of my clients commented, "I feel like that's tattooed on my brain." Enough that you have actually done it? No? I thought so. Read More »


Until You're the Unicorn, Protect Yourself: Tips on Personal Guarantees - May 16, 2017

One of the first steps in any business venture is for the founder to form a business entity separating their personal assets and liabilities from the business assets and liabilities of the new company. Without this separation, all of a founder's personal assets would be at risk to creditors of the business, but with the separation and absent other factors, creditors of the business can only look to a business's assets to satisfy its debts. Read More »


Don't be Penny Wise and Pound Foolish - Advice for New Employers Regarding Employee Classifications - May 8, 2017

Entrepreneurs wear many hats, from providing a quality product or service to managing employees. New employers frequently expose themselves to liability when they think that ignorance is a defense that they can use if an employee files a lawsuit or makes a claim. While the law penalizes knowing and willful violations, it does not provide a defense for mere ignorance. As a result, employers must understand their obligations under the law. Read More »


The Importance of Consistency between Master Services Agreements and Statements of Work - April 26, 2017

All types of business from startups to multinational conglomerates regularly enter into service agreements for the procurement and delivery of products or services. Minimize the likelihood of significant, long-term liability by carefully negotiating new Statements of Work within the broader context of the scope and effect of existing Master Services Agreements. Read More »


Issues in Interviewing: The Right Way to the "One" - April 18, 2017

As an employer, you will interview a whole host of applicants to find the "one"-the perfect individual to fill a job opening. Just as in the world of dating where one bad question or one inappropriate comment can ruin a date, the world of interviewing is just as sensitive. Read More »


Going For the Gold: How To Legally Recruit The Best Candidates - March 24, 2017

When the world's greatest athletes compete in the Olympics, these athletes must follow a strict set of rules to prevent deductions and disqualifications. When employers compete for the best candidates in the marketplace, they too must follow a strict set of rules to avoid being "dinged" by a lawsuit. Read More »


How a Comma Could Cost You - March 23, 2017

Few people actually remember all those pesky grammar rules we learned in school. But you can bet that a company in Maine will not be forgetting its comma rules anytime soon. Read More »


An HR Checklist for New Employers: You have Your Ship, and Now You Need Your Crew, How to get Your 'Ship' Together - March 7, 2017

Starting a business is not always simple. Being an employer carries with it a number of obligations and it is important to know the ropes prior to even hiring your first employee. Read More »


Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: What Does It Mean for Employers? - July 18, 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, creating a federal claim for misappropriation of trade secrets. Read More »


Startup Companies Beware: A Shareholder's Right to Obtain Sensitive Company Information - May 30, 2016

Issuing new shares can help a startup bring in new investors who infuse the company with much needed capital or attract skilled employees who provide the necessary skills, expertise and leadership to help grow the company. However, issuing new shares means that the founding owners will give up some of their potential economic gains and control. Read More »


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