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3 Things Small Business Owners Don't Include in Their Year-End Planning, But Should

When it comes to year-end planning, what's the one thing most small business owners don't do but should? That's the question we put to attorneys writing on JD Supra, knowing that the diversity of insights would make...more

The Supreme Court: Cases to Watch in the October 2013 Term

This week marks the first Monday in October, which for Supreme Court watchers is a holiday: the start of a new term. While not everyone gets that excited about the new term, there are several cases that the Court intends to...more

What Chinese Businesses Need to Know About Establishing an R&D Center in the United States

There is increasing interest from Chinese businesses in establishing an R&D center in the Silicon Valley and other technology centers in the United States. For example, the world’s largest mobile phone operator, China Mobile,...more

NY Federal Court Rules Auditors Strictly Liable for Their “Opinions”

NY Federal Court Rules Auditors Strictly Liable for Their “Opinions” by Michael Cifelli on September 23, 2013 Ernst & Young and PriceWaterhouseCoopers will not be dismissed from the securities classaction lawsuit...more

DOL Confirms FMLA Rights for Same-Sex Married Couples

DOL Confirms FMLA Rights for Same-Sex Married Couples by Michael Cifelli on September 4, 2013 Roughly two months after the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic same-sex marriage decision in United States v. Windsor, the U.S....more

Is Your Workplace Going to the Dogs? Managing Pet Friendly Policies

Is Your Workplace Going to the Dogs? Managing Pet Friendly Policies by Christina M. Michelson on August 26, 2013 Companies are increasingly adopting pet-friendly policies as a way to attract and retain employees....more

Terminating an Employee Without Damaging Your Company’s Reputation

Terminating an Employee Without Damaging Your Company’s Reputation by Gary S. Young on August 23, 2013 Recently, the termination of an AOL employee made the news headlines. The controversy was occasioned when Chief...more

Has Your Business Start-up Registered Its Trademarks?

Has Your Business Start-up Registered Its Trademarks? by Kenneth C. Oh on August 15, 2013 When starting a new business, intellectual property concerns should certainly be on your “To Do” list. Your company’s name,...more

NJ SAFE: New Domestic Violence Law Will Impact Employee Leave Policies

NJ SAFE: New Domestic Violence Law Will Impact Employee Leave Policies by Christina M. Michelson on August 9, 2013 The New Jersey Security and Financial Empowerment Act (NJ SAFE) is now law. The statute provides up to...more

NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Legal Standard for Retaliation Claims Under LAD

NJ Supreme Court Clarifies Legal Standard for Retaliation Claims Under LAD by Gary S. Young on August 5, 2013 The Supreme Court of New Jersey recently issued a key decision regarding the proofs required under the...more

Building Good Hiring Strategy - Legal Issues in Hiring & Firing Employees - Employment Law e-book

Introduction to the Hiring Problem The most common hiring mistake is to hire (and even fire) employees like buying (or upgrading) a smartphone or a car, mostly by looking at the specifications (i.e. CV) or brochure....more

Inside M&A - Spring 2013

Top Five Traps for the Unwary in Spin-Offs - A wave of corporate breakups has swept through the United States over the last few years as investors have taken notice of the fact that smaller companies focused on a...more

Corporate Law Report: Economic Espionage Act, Top FCPA Enforcement Actions, Trademark Audits, and More  [Video]

Watch our latest Corporate Law Report for a round of executive speed dating, law firm style. Included in the mix: FICA tax changes in 2013; veganism as a religion (and what that means for the workplace); overtime hours;...more

McAfee & Taft tIPsheet - November 2012: Common sense trade secret protection by Bill Hall

Are your trade secrets at risk? Yes, every minute of every day. Can you minimize the risk? Yes, by creating a corporate culture where each employee recognizes the value of trade secrets to corporate health....more

Employer Access To Employee Social Media Limited In Proposed California Law

A bill currently winding its way through the California Legislature would limit the ability of an employer to request that an employee provide access to the employee’s personal social media accounts. AB 1844 “would...more

The Correct Answer is “Of Course We Have Agreements With Our Employees and Consultants”

Every start-up lawyer counsels his or her client to be sure that everyone working for the company signs an agreement confirming that the company owns everything that’s developed by the company. However, when it’s time to sell...more

Online Social Media Legal Risks for Associations

Incorporating the use of social media and online networking sites into an association's larger communication, membership, or marketing strategies raises a number of potential legal risks and liability issues for the...more

Independent Contractor Agreement

A comprehensive independent contractor agreement to use to protect your intellectual property when you hire a contractor to produce work for your company. ...more

Insights - Spring 2012

In This Issue: JOBS Act: Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act; Fracking: Ohio’s New Oil and Gas Boom; 2012 Estate Planning; American Airlines: Who’s Flying the Plane? Labor Law Update; S Corporations; Blow to Method...more

Doing Business in Poland

Table of Contents: - Overview...1 - Forms of Entity.... 1 - Establishing A Business...2 - Specific Form of Doing Business In Poland-Direct Sales...4 - Dispute Resolution Mechanism... 5 - Labor Matters and...more

Starting a Kentucky Business Task List

List of legal and practical steps most entrepreneurs face in starting a business in Kentucky...more

Employment Law Update -- Resolve To Safeguard Company Information In 2012 -- January 2012

RESOLVE TO SAFEGUARD COMPANY INFORMATION IN 2012 For many businesses, employees are the biggest investment and the primary safeguard of their confidential, proprietary and competitive information. For some employees,...more

RANJ eNewsletter-Corporate Updates March 2012

Overview of latest updates under Corporate Laws, Securities Laws, FEMA, Taxation Laws and other laws/regulations....more

Non-Competition Agreements: What to Discuss with Your Lawyer - Part 2 of 2

This is Part 2 of a two-part entry setting out some of the basic considerations for startups relating to using non-competition agreements. You can find Part 1 here. This part raises some considerations for you and your lawyer...more

Non-Competition Agreements: What to Discuss with Your Lawyer - Part 1 of 2

This entry and the next will discuss a fairly difficult question for startups. That is whether to ask co-founders, executives and employees to sign non-competition (or non-compete) agreements with your company. While the next...more

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