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August 2018 Archives

Switching from a S corporation to a C corporation

The Internal Revenue Service provided new guidelines for how companies can change their accounting and business structure. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has now reduced the top tax rate of C corporations from 35 to 21 percent. According to accounting experts, the new law also gives pass-through (and start-up friendly) entities such as S corporations a 20 percent tax deduction on business income, although there are certain limitations, including its expiration in 2025 unless Congress extends it.

Right to work law overturned in Missouri

Georgia is one of 27 U.S. states who have right to work laws on the books. This law ensures that employers have the freedom to choose their own employees. Unions, on the other hand, prefer that employers hire union employees or at least require non-union employees to pay certain fees for the union’s work negotiating contract terms regarding pay and benefits as well as protecting rights of workers.

Lack of security protocols can cause PR nightmares

Everyone knows about the importance of changing passwords. This is particularly true for those operating businesses. Not every employee is going to leave under the best of terms, and they may intend to cause harm to the company regardless of their termination and severance agreements.

Noncompete clauses in Georgia

One way in which employers strive to protect their trade secrets is by including a noncompete clause in employment contracts. Their aim is to prevent situations where employees leave the business, get a job with a competitor and share confidential information with their new boss.

4 valid concerns for new small business owners

If you are thinking about starting a business of your own in Georgia after working so many years for others, you might want to take some time to learn about some issues that business owners often encounter. Being an entrepreneur is not always easy, but with the right foundation, principles, structure and resources, it is possible to avoid common legal issues that make it difficult for business owners to focus on their daily operations. 

Top U.S. brewery in dispute with brewer

Breweries are like many other businesses. They hire employees; they give key workers access to important recipes (a trade secret); they potentially expect them to avoid competing after leaving the company. Thus, it is expected that owners would cry foul if an employee violates these stipulations.

Relations between 7-11 and store owners deteriorates

The relationship between corporations and the companies or individuals who own outlets are ideally complimentary but are often complicated. Such is the case with 7-Eleven and its franchisees. According to the storeowners, the corporation has taken an increasingly bigger cut of the profits since the early 2000s, when the company and the franchisees used to split profits evenly.

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