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October 2018 Archives

Employers and employees disagree on the impact of #MeToo

The year 2018 will be remembered for many things, including the rise of the #MeToo movement involving sexual harassment. To that end, there have been a number of high-profile allegations made in the worlds of business, media, politics and elsewhere.

Taking a start-up to the next level

Some entrepreneurs are at their best when they are starting a new business or launching a new product. There is the excitement of creating something from scratch, bringing in those first employees and literally (or figuratively) opening up the door for business. The next phase is more like a reality check where the entrepreneur needs to run an actual business instead of selling the idea of one.

Sears’ story a cautionary tale about picking the right franchise

Sears has made national news on a regular basis in recent years. The news was rarely good, with the storied retailer’s ongoing struggles to stay alive, the selling off of the company’s more profitable entities, the closing of stores (including three here in Georgia this year) and the sale or repurposing of stores in more desirable locations. The latest chapter is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October of 2018.

Guarding against excessive absenteeism

There are a number of federal and state time-off entitlements that employees can utilize. This can make it difficult for even the most competent HR administrator to stay compliant with all the laws. Some administrators and owners may even be reluctant to terminate an employee on attendance-based issues because of complications and potential legal problems if they violate the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

3 tips for hiring the first employee for your startup

Running a startup is exciting and challenging. Eventually, you may find yourself in need of employees. Taking on your first worker is a major step for your new business. It may feel intimidating and scary, but it is a good sign that your company is thriving and has potential. 

3 Tips for closing or selling a business

Business owners face long odds when they try to successfully build a business. Moreover, once they get to a certain point where it is sustainable, the stress and hours may not be worth it to keep it going. Or perhaps it is simply time to retire and closing up shop is the best way to do this.

When would a trade secret benefit your business?

Trade secrets are occasionally preferable to certain businesses. They may be secret, but that does not mean they are immune from theft. Take a recent court case, which involves Qualcomm taking Apple to court for allegedly stealing some of its trade secrets and giving them to Intel Corp. 

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