Small Business – Opening Up and Tort Risk

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The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) released a report on June 23, 2020. They surveyed 416 small business executives from organizations with 500 or fewer employees. Small business owners are hopeful for a swift economic recovery as they begin reopening after closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To reopen, nearly a third of those…

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SC: Punitive Measures for those that do not wish to return to work.

Individuals receiving unemployment insurance (UI) benefits may lose their UI benefits if they refuse to return to work or accept an offer of new employmentwithout good cause. Please notify the Department of Employment and Workforceif an individual refuses to return to work or refuses an offer of work from you. You can notify DEW through…

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Happy Employees + Happy Customers = Happy Shareholders.

What does Sir Richard Branson and Ed Bastian (Delta Airlines, CEO) have in common. Besides the obvious, of wealth, and holding prestigious positions within their respective companies – they both believe in Happy Employees, are the most significant drivers in any company. Camille Preston, PhD, PCC Forbes Councils Member, noted that happy employees contribute an…

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Avoid Discrimination Law Suits – with these basic rules

Keep to the specific’s of the job, you are interviewing for. During the interview ask the questions you should, but they should all be job-related and nondiscriminatory. Avoid questions that are not job-related or that cause an applicant to tell you about their inclusion in a protected class. For example, if the position requires someone…

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Amended Federal Laws 2020

Exempt Employees: Starting January 1, 2020, most employees who are classified as exempt under the executive, administrative, professional, and computer employee exemptions will need to be paid at least $684 per week or $35,568 per year. Minimum Wage’s for Federal Contractors: January 1, 2020, the minimum wage for employees doing work on or in connection…

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Personal Credit Score – the impact it has on your business

October 1, 2017 We have heard and read about the data breach at Equifax, the potential impact it could have on every single one of us as an individual. I don’t recall seeing an article about what the impact it has on us that are Business Owners. Personal credit scores, are an integral part of…

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Is it illegal for employers to ask about salary history?

In addition to numerous federal, state, and local employment laws, which prohibit gender and racial discrimination against employees, several states and cities are banning inquiries into salary history in an effort to address pay inequities for women and minorities.  Employee advocates claim that, in determining an employee’s salary based upon their previous salary, employers exacerbate…

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New York Councilman Proposes a Right to Disconnect

May 7, 2018 This is an interesting read, some food for thought…. JONATHAN SPARKS | APRIL 6TH, 2018                                         www.sparkslawpractice.com It’s all too common: You get home from work and receive an urgent email from your boss, you’re…

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Why Buy Sell Agreements?

Per Forbes, 3 out of 4 small companies lack a Buy Sell Agreement. Ask yourself the following questions: If I die… Does my wife wish to work with my partner? Will my beneficiaries be able to negotiate a fair payout of my stake in the company? Can the company survive without me? If I have…

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