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Date registered: March 19, 2011

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  1. Wage and Hour Q&A for Employers — June 2, 2011
  2. Small Business Defined — May 25, 2011
  3. Securing a Domain Name Before you Apply for a Trademark — May 24, 2011
  4. It’s National Small Business Week! — May 17, 2011
  5. Employee Benefits – What is Required? — May 6, 2011

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  1. Smlbizlaw Fast Facts! — 7 comments
  2. Tax Indemnity Clause – Don’t get Taxed for Another Business’ Activities — 4 comments
  3. Employee Benefits – What is Required? — 3 comments
  4. Blogging on Your Small Business Website: Legal Snafus to Avoid — 3 comments
  5. The Indemnification Clause. What does it mean? — 3 comments

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Protecting Your Trade Secrets When Working With Third Parties

A common concern when starting a new business is how to protect your trade secrets. Maybe you have come up with a great business concept or developed a fantastic new product or service. How do you make sure the people you’re dealing with don’t steal your product or copy your idea? The Uniform Trade Secrets …

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Contract Basics – A Common Sense Guide for Business Owners

Having a basic understanding of contracts law will help you to negotiate your contract more effectively, whether you’re signing a contract for janitorial services for your company or agreeing to use a third party vendor to sell your services.  For transactions of even moderate complexity, it is highly recommended that you consult with a legal …

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Federal Trademark Registration

Trademarks are an important tool for protecting your company’s reputation and making sure imposters aren’t trading off the success and goodwill of your business. You can apply to register a trademark to protect any word, name, symbol or device if it’s unique and used to distinguish your goods from those of another seller or service …

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Responding to a Request for Proposal (RFP) from a Prospective Client

Small businesses often receive a Request for Proposal or “RFP” from large clients inviting them to submit a bid to work on a certain project or provide services.  There are a number of online resources providing tips to prepare a well-written RFP response.  From a legal standpoint, here are two important issues to think about …

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Can I Monitor My Employees Emails, Web Usage, and Phone Calls?

Can I read my employees emails?  What about phone calls?  Can i look at the web sites my employees are going to? In short, yes.  Employers can set the rules regarding the privacy or non-privacy of emails on company systems.  You should as a best practice, state in your company handbook and/or policies that emails …

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Blogging on Your Small Business Website: Legal Snafus to Avoid

Image by Flickr user Bennylin0727 (Creative Commons) Adding a blog to your small business website is a great way to connect with customers, promote your products/services, and show up in search engines. Below are points to remember from the legal side as you are blogging: a. Any promotional information you are sharing should be accurate.  Do not over-promise …

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The Family and Medical Leave Act – Eligibility and Requirements

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides federally required protection to certain covered employees who: Works for a company with 50 or more employees, AND Has worked for more than 1 year for that company (at least 1,250 hours over the last 12 months) FMLA may be used by employees for the following reasons: …

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Important Clauses in Supplier Contracts

Image by Flickr user Lauren Keith (Creative Commons) Many small businesses hire other businesses as suppliers for materials.   Below are several contract clauses that warrant special attention: Term.  The duration of the contract should be very clear.  It should end on a specific date like “one year from the (defined) contract effective date.”  If this …

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The Indemnification Clause. What does it mean?

Many commercial contracts have a provision called the indemnification clause.  Essentially, the indemnification clause is Party A agreeing to step in the shoes of (or “indemnify”) Party B to protect against any losses that Party B may suffer from using Party A’s services or products.  The clause can read something like this: “Software Company agrees to indemnify and hold harmless Web Design Company against any …

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