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4 Legal Agreements No Startup Should Be Without

When starting a new business, putting the appropriate legal agreements in place is crucial for protecting your key assets and relationships. Yet it’s common for many new business owners to put off—or even entirely overlook—creating such agreements. You might not even know which documents are most needed. The following 4 agreements are among the most […]

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4 Tips For Achieving Sustainable Revenue in an Unpredictable Economy

The year 2020 has been extremely challenging for most entrepreneurs. The COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn have seriously disrupted some businesses and completely shuttered others. And at this point, it doesn’t appear like things are going to go back to normal anytime soon. In light of this ongoing uncertainty and turmoil, you may need to […]

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EEOC Says Employers Can’t Require Employees to Take COVID Antibody Tests

As businesses across the country continue to grapple with how to safely reopen during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently advised employers that requiring mandatory antibody tests for employees before returning to work violates the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The EEOC issued its new guidance on antibody tests on June […]

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What you need to know about the Family Medical Leave Act and the Pandemic

COVID 19 has complicated most things that have to do with business, and that includes the rules about granting sick leave to employees. You may already know about the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), but what you may not have heard is that on April 1st of this year, the federal government enacted another temporary […]

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How To Get Access To COVID Stimulus Money as a Business Owner

First and foremost, before I get into anything else today: if you have not already done so, and assuming you are reading this because you are a business owner, complete your application to get your $10,000 Economic Injury Disaster GRANT Money, now. Here’s the link, and I share more details about it below: https://covid19relief.sba.gov/ Okay, […]

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How To Talk To Your Team About Covid-19

There isn’t a single person who isn’t impacted by the spread of COVID-19, in some way. With the sheer number of businesses, public spaces, and schools closing, we are all finding ourselves in positions we very likely have not planned for very well.  This is a time unlike any other that we have experienced, and […]

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Time to Operate as a Real Business!

With the passage of AB5 in California (the new law that imposes significant risk on employers who mischaracterize employees as independent contractors), and the potentiality for that same law to be applied across the United States, you may be considering incorporating to strengthen your position that you are not an employee. If so, we think […]

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Time to Change Your Practices if You Are an IC or Employ an IC in CA

If you are an Independent Contractor in California, or you have any team members in California that you have hired as an Independent Contractor, you must contact a Family Business Lawyer™  immediately to discuss your options. You can read the summary of AB5 on Wikipedia, including legal challenges to the law. And, you can read […]

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Make Sure You Actually Own The Work You Pay Contractors To Produce

While hiring independent contractors (ICs) offers a range of valuable benefits in terms of cost savings and convenience, it also opens your business up to some unique legal and financial complications. This is particularly true when it comes to your company’s intellectual property (IP).  Unlike employees, with whom you generally own automatic copyrights to everything […]

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Protect Your Business With Restrictive Covenants

Employment agreements are a vital tool for laying out the specific terms and conditions of the employment relationship, so your employees and contractors understand exactly what’s expected of them while working for you. But employee agreements can also be used to prevent workers from harming your company after they leave your employment. Whenever an employee […]

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Questions and Answers About Sending 1099s For 2019

The end of the year is always a hectic time for business owners. Between managing your day-to-day operations, planning for the upcoming year, and dealing with the holidays, the period from Thanksgiving through the New Year can feel like a rollercoaster ride. Of course,  if you are properly handling taxes for your business, the end […]

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