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February 2019 Archives

NYC is first city to provide protections to black employees’ hair

The New York City Commission on Human Rights has now issued new legal guidance regarding black people’s hair. According to local news, employers as well as gyms, libraries, school and nightclubs cannot force people to change their natural hair as a requirement for being admitted or retain affiliation. The determination went on to say that natural black hair has nothing to do with “professionalism” or “neatness,” which seems in direct contrast to the Alabama women who refused to cut or change her dreadlocks for a new job. In the latter case, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case, essentially saying that employers could do this.

What every partnership agreement should include

One of the most import decisions when starting a business is determining the right structure. The right choice can mean the difference between a business's success and failure. Partnerships are the best option for many, but there are some important issues to consider and clauses that can be included to help to create a strong and binding partnership agreement. These spell out each partner's responsibilities, legal liabilities and financial obligations. While some states require the partnership agreement to be filed along with the business formation documents, Georgia is not one of them. Nonetheless, it is an important agreement that every partnership needs even when everyone is well intentioned and honest.

Marijuana business ends in acrimony and bankruptcy

The head of the Minnesota chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) and a noted grower/activist couple are heading to court in Oregon. The couple and the man originally planned to start a legal marijuana growing operation after they separately ran afoul of authorities in other states.

U.S. businesses and government go after China on IP

The Chinese government and its businesses are famously comfortable with breaking the laws involving intellectual property. Examples include cheap imitations of name brand clothing, DVDs of movies still in the theaters or stealing technological innovations used when it manufactures products for U.S. tech companies.

Companies engage community to grow

More and more companies have made values a part of the process for defining who they are and how they do business. Values can mean different things and serve different purposes, but the general idea is to create a better company and happier employees, which in turn pays dividends in many ways including to a business’s bottom line.

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