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Legal Questions About Running a Side Business

February 6, 2017
Not every job pays all the bills. And not every full-time job leads to emotional fulfillment. That means that employees will be eyeing other opportunities, and in some cases working those jobs concurrently with full-time employment. These days more people than ever have some sort of gig on the side,......
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Top 3 Reasons to Put a Business Lawyer on Retainer in 2017

February 3, 2017
No one really knows yet if this is good or bad, but 2017 is shaping up to be a year of big changes for businesses, small and large. Many of the big changes are going to be coming as a result of new anticipated laws and regulations that affect......
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Are There Legal Issues With Tracking Ex-Employees' Social Media?

February 3, 2017
It's not unusual for employees who are fired to walk out the door with a bit of resentment. Even those who quit might leave on poor terms. But with the rise of social media, the anger of an ex-employee can be easily amplified. We're not talking about just a......
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Will Surge in Mergers Bring More Lawsuits?

February 3, 2017
As President Trump's economic policies take shape, observers predict a surge in mergers this year. It may also bring back merger litigation, which slowed down in the last years of the Obama administration. Trump's new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission has already promised to "weed whack" many regulations,......
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Top Cybersecurity Questions for Small Businesses

February 3, 2017
If you're in business, you better be in the data security business. Even if you don't transact all of your business online, and even if you don't even have a website, if you're processing payments electronically, that data could be at risk. Everything from customer information to proprietary technology can......
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Facebook Loses $500 Million Verdict in Virtual Reality Case

February 2, 2017
Maybe Mark Zuckerberg should have taken the blue pill. The "blue pill" reference comes from The Matrix, a sci-fi movie in which one character bemoans the day he realized the virtual world was not real. Zuckerberg, stunned by a $500 million verdict against a virtual reality company Facebook acquired......
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How to Legally Discipline an Employee

February 2, 2017
You got your employees in the office, so now how do you keep them in line? You'd hope that the interview process would've weeded out any bad apples, but even a good egg can have a bad day. So how do you punish a misbehaving employee without incurring his or......
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3 Tips to Help If an Employee Starts Crying at Work

February 2, 2017
People are people, and crying is something that people do. Literally, there is a connection between the brain and the tear ducts that gets triggered during severe emotional reactions. As people, when we see another person crying, that alone can trigger an emotional response. In an office or work......
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What Are Your Goals as In-House Counsel This Year?

February 1, 2017
It's well past New Year's Day -- except in China and other southeast Asian countries -- but it's not too late to make resolutions for 2017. In fact, if you work in-house for a multi-national or a company aspiring to grow into the international market, this may be the......
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Should Employees Be Paid While Training?

January 31, 2017
When it comes to onboarding new employees and keeping old employees current regarding new policies or changes in the industry, training is an essential part of any business. A properly trained workforce can accomplish more and represent your business much better than an untrained workforce. However, training is costly,......
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Goodbye Cases, Hello Legal Tasks

January 31, 2017
The days of outside counsel handling an entire case may be coming to their end. Instead, clients are increasingly unbundling legal services, assigning tasks piecemeal across multiple firms and lawyers, in order to find the most cost efficient legal services, according to a forthcoming paper in the Fordham Law......
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Attorney-Client Privilege Waived in Whistleblower Suit

January 31, 2017
As a trial winds down on a lawyer's whistleblower case for $8 million against his former employer in San Francisco, a federal judge has already decided a significant issue for in-house counsel on the attorney-client privilege. U.S. District Court Judge Joseph Spero said that the defendant Bio-Rad waived its......
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Small Biz Regulatory Reform in 2017

January 31, 2017
Throughout the presidential campaign, many wondered how good a Donald Trump presidency would be for business. While some feared his unpredictability would send markets reeling, others, banking on his remarks and history as a business owner would mean good news for other business owners. And just over a week into......
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How to Fund Your Business


As the universe reminded Facebook this week, doing business involves unexpected losses. Raising capital is a challenge all small businesses face. FindLaw's  section on loans and investors offers helpful articles on the basics of financing your professional dreams.

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