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March 2015 Archives

Non-compete agreements becoming standard in many low-skill jobs

We have previously written about the proper use of non-compete agreements, as well as their legal limitations. In most cases, non-compete agreements serve a vital purpose: They prevent employees from taking proprietary knowledge and information and giving it to competing companies.

Thinking about monitoring your employees' emails?

If you are either forming your own business or if you already have an established business, you may have questions about employee privacy. A few weeks ago, we posted a blog discussion about whether it is advisable to use a personal email address for business purposes. We noted that it is generally inadvisable for several reasons. But what about your employees’ email accounts? How should you be interacting with these accounts in ways that respect your employees’ privacy and help you to maintain your business priorities?

Matthew Sparks Awarded Super Lawyers "Rising Star" Recognition for 2015

Palmer & Manuel is pleased to announce that attorney Matthew Sparks has been selected to the 2015 Texas Rising Stars list, an annual list that recognizes Texas's top up-and-coming lawyers. Each year, no more than 2.5% of lawyers in Texas are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Candidates must be 40 years old or less, or in practice for ten years or less. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews. Attorney Matthew Sparks says he is "honored to be designated as a Super Lawyers Rising Star for 2015," and Palmer & Manuel is proud to have Matthew Sparks on its team! 

Planning for your new business in regards to tax liability

If you are planning to form a new business, it is important to consider certain legal realities in advance. Once you file paperwork committing yourself to a certain business structure and formation, you will be locked into those decisions in significant ways. By exploring different kinds of business structures and formations in advance, you can better ensure that you are making an informed decision about your future endeavors.

Should you avoid using a personal email address for work?

This past week, a great deal of controversy arose over allegations that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton used her personal email account to conduct government correspondence. According to numerous media outlets, many prominent Democrats insist that this story will not significantly change the public’s mind about Clinton’s fitness for future government office. Some Americans are even wondering why this issue is a “story” at all.

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