What Can an Employer Ask Its Applicants?

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Employment Interview As a business owner, you would want to do everything that you can to ensure your business’ success. You’d study about the different business principles and models that will help establish the business. You will also gather your financial resources to give that much needed capital for expansion and other business plans. Most importantly though, you need to invest in the best tools for growth and success, your employees.

Getting the Best in the Business
Hiring the best employees possible can be a very daunting task for any employer. For one, it is not at all easy to get the best people to work for you. Some hire head hunters to find the cream of the crop and try to offer them attractive packages to lure promising employees to work for them. On the other hand, some employers hire people, give them the opportunity to grow in the company and…

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Bylaws Writing 101

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Bylaws Writing 101

A company’s by-laws are the most important legal document in any business. Basically, this rule or law established by the incorporators of a company is made to help regulate itself. This is important to maintain order in the business. That is why if you are planning to start a business, you should be able to come up with a good set of by-laws that will guide each and every employee that is a part of the organization.

Writing By-laws for Your Business

First and foremost, drafting a legal document such as a company’s by-laws should be done with the supervision of a business law attorney in Los Angeles. They have the legal know-how to help make sure that the document you are preparing are legal, based on the many business, employment, and labor laws of the state and your county. This helps make sure that you won’t violate any…

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Top 10 Misconceptions about Bankruptcy

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By Kelly M. Resnick, Managing Attorney, Resnick Law Offices, Bay Area

TOP 10 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT BANKRUPTCY

  1. Bankruptcy means the end of your financial life and never getting credit again.
    • Not true!  Before long you will get credit card offers again.  You may have to pay higher interest rates and have lower limits.
  2. You can not eliminate tax debt in a bankruptcy.
    • It depends on when you incurred the debt and what efforts the IRS has taken to collect.  It is difficult to wipe out taxes, but not impossible!
  3. You lose everything you own when you file bankruptcy, including my retirement.
    • The whole idea of bankruptcy is to give you a fresh start.  If you lose everything, that’s not giving you anything to start with.  The “exemption” system helps protect certain assets from your creditors, including your car, your home and in most cases, 100% of retirement accounts!
  4. I can keep…

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How Texting Affects Your Family Law Case

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In the age of the smartphone, texting is an increasingly prevalent form of communication. Many people feel more comfortable sending a text message rather than calling or sending an e-mail to the other person. What does this have to do with family law?

A Paper Trail of Proof

Because mobile carriers keep records of text messages, texts create a paper trail of proof. This can be quite helpful or harmful to your case. For example, imagine that two spouses agree through a text message discussion to a particular custody arrangement. Later on, if one spouse reneges upon the agreement, the text records can be used to prove the agreement.

Easing Tensions

When two spouses are on tense terms, communicating to each other via text message can help lessen or remove the tension from a volatile, emotionally charged situation. It takes time to craft a text message and make the decision…

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The ADA & Web Accessibility

Employment Law

On March 6, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that a consent decree with H&R Block had been entered requiring the company to establish accessibility of its websites and mobile apps under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The decree resolves the department’s allegations that individuals with disabilities are denied full and equal enjoyment of the company’s tax-preparation focused goods and services provided online.

The Department of Justice intervened in the suit filed by the National Federation of the Blind and two plaintiffs against the company. While H&R Block does not admit liability, under the terms of the decree they will pay $22,500 to the plaintiffs and a civil penalty of $55,000 to the DOJ. In addition, the company agreed to implement a number of changes, including hiring a skilled web accessibility coordinator, adopting a web accessibility policy, and evaluating employee and contractor performance based on successful web access programming.

The…

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Expansion of overtime pay leads to added challenges for HR

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payroll compliance One of the most complicated aspects of administering payroll lies in the fact that not everyone works exactly the number of hours they’re intended to. Some employees work for hourly wages, but they go beyond the time they’re scheduled for, while others are full-time salaried employees but have extra duties, like staying late or coming in on a Saturday.

Of course, when people work overtime, they expect to be paid for it – and in fact, the federal government requires that they are.

The latest buzz out of Washington indicates that overtime pay is going to be a hot-button issue in employment legislation in the months ahead – even more so than it already was. From the White House on down, everyone is expressing an interest in changing the status quo.

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Protecting Company Secrets: Checklist for Making a Plan

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186300420 If you represent businesses, you know how important it is to protect their trade secrets. A crucial part of that effort is developing and implementing a trade secret protection plan. Specific company needs may vary, and plans have to be crafted with those needs in mind, but some elements should be included in any trade secret protection plan.

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4 of the scariest legal pitfalls in recruiting and hiring (and how to avoid them!)

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recruiting One of the most competitive aspects of the business world is the never-ending battle that rages on in recruitment services . Every company wants to win the “war for talent” and reel in the most qualified job applicants possible, and in that effort, they often go all-out by putting a great deal of labor and money into their pursuits.

Unfortunately, though, there are plenty of legal pitfalls that make it difficult to recruit and hire effectively. Whenever you’re looking to attract, hire and keep top talent, you have to worry about Uncle Sam’s oversight, according to Workforce magazine. Heather Jackson, Cary Donham and Richard Hu, three legal experts at Taft, Stettinius and Hollister in Chicago believe that companies need to be cautious in today’s dangerous legal climate.

With that in mind, here are a few key questions to ask.

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White House Seeking Expansion of Overtime Pay Under the FLSA

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By Mitzi D. Wyrick

President Obama has directed the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) to revise regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act to make more workers eligible for overtime pay.  Specifically, the DOL will be reviewing the executive, professional, and administrative exemptions, sometimes referred to as the “white-collar” exemptions from the requirement to pay overtime for hours worked over 40 in a workweek.  The salary basis threshold, which is currently set at $455 per week, will be one area of focus.  In addition, the White House has directed the DOL to review other exemptions changes to which would result in more overtime pay based on the type of work performed.  For example, under the revised regulations thought to being considered, store managers who also perform non-management duties may be entitled to overtime pay unless they can demonstrate that the majority of their time is spent performing management work.  Read more…

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