We have frequently observed that operating a business successfully requires a forward-thinking approach. While an attorney experienced in business-related law can aid you in defending your business against a costly lawsuit, it is best if your business operates in ways that prevent costly lawsuits from being filed against it in the first place.
Many businesses opt to work with interns during the summer months. Other businesses opt to work with interns year-round or on a semester-by-semester basis. Whenever your business chooses to embrace internship opportunities, it will be important for you to keep several legal tips in mind. Failure to treat interns in certain ways can land you in hot water, legally speaking.
In a recent post we began a discussion about unenforceable contract provisions. We observed that business owners and individuals interested in forming their own businesses must frequently deal with contracts. Contracts tend to govern the ownership or rent of a business’s place of operations, a business’s dealings with vendors and suppliers, a business’s relationships with its employees and a host of other vital business functions.
Large cities across the U.S., including several right here in Texas, are becoming more environmentally conscious and actively implementing measures to reduce the carbon footprints of their residents. Some of these measures include expanded recycling efforts, bike-sharing programs, and rooftop solar panels, to name only a few.
Employers must consistently monitor their employees in order to ensure that they are productive, safe and upholding the standards set by the company. All employees are human and therefore will misstep from time to time. Most of the time, these missteps will serve as learning opportunities. However, sometimes severe missteps will result in termination or other disciplinary action.
Chances are that you try to run your business with a great deal of care and consideration. You likely try to promote strong cultural values among your employees, aim to treat your contractual partners fairly and consider the wellbeing of your customers during the course of your operations. However, unexpected challenges may arise despite your best efforts to run a lucrative and respectable business.
At their most simple, contracts are legally enforceable agreements between two parties. This essentially means that if any party to a contract violates its terms, another party to the contract affected by that violation may hold the other accountable in court. When employers hire individuals to work within their businesses, they generally require workers to sign legally enforceable employment contracts. When either an employer or employee breaches this kind of contract, legal action may follow. It is also possible that legal actions may result from a breach of an agreement that is only ever implied.
When most people think of business litigation matters, they likely envision everything from breaches of contract and fiduciary duty to shareholder and partnership disputes.
In today’s economy, ideas and information tend to be much more valuable than manufactured products. Many Texas businesses, large and small, understand that trade secrets and intellectual property need to be protected, especially from competitors.
These days, it is not unusual for businesses to have an online presence that extends beyond their websites. From small business owners to giant corporations, more and more businesses are opting to use social media in a variety of ways. Some use social media to educate the public, while others use it to advertise sales. Some use social media to network while others use it to keep the shopping experience engaging and dynamic for their customers’ benefit.