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If you are a business that uses independent contractors, beware that you often have conflicting guidelines at the state, federal, and local levels.
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Spam-email
Filed In: Legal and Finance
If your business sends commercial electronic messages to Canada, take note. Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) is now in effect!
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moving
Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
A good way to grow your customer base is to expand your company across state lines. Greg Poppe discusses how his company City Loan managed their expansion.
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Intellectual property protection
Filed In: Legal and Finance
There's a right way, and a wrong way, to protect your ideas. Intellectual property is what defines your brand and your business -- you must take the steps necessary to protect it!
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Non Disclosure agreement
Filed In: Legal and Finance
Nellie Akalp, CEO of CorpNet.com, discusses the ins and outs of the NDA or non-disclosure agreement.
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male and female symbols
Filed In: Staffing & HR
Recently, a California court ruled that denying transgender employees the right to use gender-identity appropriate facilities violates state nondiscrimination laws. As an employer, you need to know the law.
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comical expression
Filed In: Taxes and Finance
Filing taxes for the first time as a freelancer? Keep these three points in mind before you start!
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Pharmacist
Filed In: Healthcare and Industries
President Obama has signed new regulation closing loopholes and rewarding the compounding pharmacies that have always been regulated.
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commercial-lease
Wouldn't it be nice if commercial leases were exactly like renting a house? Unfortunately, there are different issues you must be prepared for when leasing a space for your business.
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vacation
Filed In: Taxes and Finance
If you are a small business owner, it's possible to mix business and pleasure. Learn how to legally enjoy a few days of much-needed R&R while also lowering your tax bill.
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Need help
Filed In: Legal and Finance
If you are seeking to form a limited liability company (LLC), learn what an LLC operating agreement is and what it should include.
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bank
Filed In: Finance
In the wake of the global financial crisis, the United States and the European Union are taking different approaches to banking regulation.
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A Lawyer
Filed In: Legal and Finance
Does your small business need a lawyer? Before you answer "no," consider these situations where you might need legal assistance.
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frustrated and shocked businessman
Filed In: Legal and Finance
Just because you find an image on Google doesn't mean you are free to use it. Make sure your site is not violating copyright by using images you don't have the rights for!
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signing a contract
Filed In: Legal and Finance
While Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) are very common, few people are aware of their limitations. Here's why you cannot rely solely on NDAs to protect your secrets.
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Closed-sign
Filed In: Legal and Finance
Closing your business doesn't just mean shutting down your website or storefront. You'll need to formally close your LLC or Corporation or you'll still be on the hook for taxes or licenses.
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divorce
Filed In: Legal and Finance
The end of your marriage doesn't necessarily have to mean the end of your small business. Here are issues and questions to explore before and during the divorce process.
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lawyer
Filed In: Franchising
Never underestimate the importance of hiring a good franchise attorney. When you're looking to buy a franchise, an attorney's advice isn't free -- but it is priceless.
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global-business
Filed In: Business Planning and Finance
Going global can provide exponential growth for your business. Here are 4 key challenges facing companies looking to establish operations in foreign countries -- and how to overcome them.
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2014 stop watch
Filed In: Legal and Finance
The final homestretch is a busy time of the year for the small business owner. It's also a critical time of year for wrapping up any legal loose ends associated with your business.
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legal liability

  1. obligation with specified terms and conditions by which a defined payment amount in money, goods, or services is to be paid within a defined time period in return for a current benefit.
  2. responsibility of the accountant to the client and third parties relying on the accountant's work. Accountants can be sued for fraud and negligence in performance of duties.

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