How companies can resolve EEOC complaints quickly

When business owners receive an inquiry from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that claims workplace discrimination, they are immediately concerned. First, they are concerned about routing out any discriminatory behavior in their workplace, if any. But,...

Is your non-solicitation agreement enforceable?

Businesses have a valid interest in protecting their trade secrets and other confidential information. Employees have a valid interest in being employed once they leave that business. A good non-solicitation agreement should recognize both of these interests, but they...

What are protections for whistleblowers?

Protections for whistleblowers, and the implications of those protections, are important for both employees and employers to understand. There are both federal and state protections for whistleblowers who report wrongdoing in their workplaces. Protections for...

Does your business need to register a trademark?

If you run a business, you know the importance of your reputation. You want your customers and business partners to hear your business’ name, see your logo or any other indicators and immediately think of your quality products or services. When some other...

Copyright and the Fair Use Doctrine

Copyright protects owners from others using their work without their authorization. There are exceptions, however, that allow a person who is not the copyright owner to use the copyrighted work. One of these exceptions is known under the Copyright Act as the Fair Use...

Qui tam actions: a specific type of whistleblower law

For an employee, there may be nothing more unsettling than discovering that your employer is engaged in fraudulent activities. It puts you in a very difficult position, facing a tough choice – do you report the activity and risk your livelihood? What about when the...