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Circuit court upholds employer right to dismiss employees

A Minnesota company that owns 10 Jimmy John’s sandwich shop franchises in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metro area was recently found to be within its rights to dismiss six workers. The Jimmy John’s employees representing Industrial Workers of the World circulated posters to fellow employees as well as 100 local and national media outlets in 2011 that were critical of the company’s sick-leave policy.

Do you need business insurance?

When your business is just a baby, perhaps with only you working for it, business insurance could be the last thing on your mind. However, as your business grows and grows and employees sign on, you probably do need insurance. After all, a policy can help protect you in a lawsuit or if someone gets injured.

Five mistakes employers make with FMLA

It is common for small and mid-sized employers to have employees who need to take several weeks of unpaid leave due to serious illness or a family emergency. This often means that employees will trigger that leave through the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which provides employees who are eligible up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave per year. This act is designed enable employees to balance work and family responsibilities for a reasonable amount of time.

Why breach of contract should be avoided

Ideally, agreements are entered into with both sides benefitting from the outcome. But agreements do not always go as planned, so there can be unexpected delays, financial disputes and other issues that prevent the contract from being honored. A failure to fulfill the promise of the contract is referred to as a breach of contract.

Helping a kid start a business

Parents ideally love their children and will do nearly anything to help them out. This can lead to problems, however, if your child has announced that he or she wants to buy a food truck or launch a tech start-up that focuses on video games. Nevertheless, just as many businesses have started in the garage, there have been many successful businesses funded by parents, including Amazon, GoPro and Chipotle.

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