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The Legal Liabilities of Electronic Marketing

You need to err on the side of caution when sending customers email. This article reveals how to make sure you’re following the letter of the law.

Originally published Published: 10.01.13 Author By Christopher Corpus

General Business Liability Insurance

If you own, operate or are starting a business, you need general liability insurance. But what does that mean? What protection does it afford? How do you determine your coverage …

Originally published Published: 08.01.13 Author By Caron Beesley

Spotting Legal Land Mines in Your Social Media Campaign

Your responsibility extends to third-party contributors such as customers and friends.

Originally published Published: 05.01.13 Author By Mike Coyne

4 Ways To Avoid Discrimination Claims Related to Hiring

Be aware that a person can sue you even before they become an employee.

Originally published Published: 01.01.13 Author By Mike Coyne

Give Your Section 401(k) Plan a Compliance Check

10 point checklist will tell you if your plan needs an adjustment according to the IRS's latest 401(k) Fix-It Guide

Originally published Published: 05.01.12 Author By Mike Coyne

Immigration-Law Changes Add To Employer Responsibility

Two developments in the immigration law area are causing employers a great deal of concern: the increase in so-called "I-9 Audits” and the Social Security Administration's resumption of the "No-Match" …

Originally published Published: 04.01.12 Author By Mike Coyne

IRS Targets Independent Contractors

IRS reclassification of workers as employees can be an expensive proposition, as the employer can be held liable for back payroll taxes, penalties, and interest.

Originally published Published: 03.01.12 Author By Mike Coyne

Partners Should Plan Ahead For Disability

Dealing with a disabled partner is never an easy matter. Human nature is such that many of us would find it difficult to ask a disabled partner to step aside …

Originally published Published: 02.01.12 Author By Mike Coyne

Medical Marijuana Clouds Employer Drug-Use Policies

Until recently, it has been fairly well understood that an employer can require pre-employment drug testing and refuse to hire someone who tests positively for illegal drugs. However, changes in …

Originally published Published: 01.01.12 Author By Mike Coyne

Protecting Against Data-Related Risks

This exposure is excluded in standard general liability policies, but may be insured separately under a policy that covers “electronic-data incidents” resulting in damage to, loss of, loss of use …

Originally published Published: 01.01.12 Author By Matthew Stangle

Why Boilerplate Can Be Your Best Friend

That gobbledygook at the end of contracts matters greatly when disputes arise.

Originally published Published: 12.01.11 Author By Mike Coyne

How To Resolve Disputes In Family-Owned Businesses

Family-owned businesses present unique and difficult problems that are generally not found in other closely-held businesses.

Originally published Published: 10.01.11 Author By Mike Coyne

Changes Coming To Retirement Plans

If you currently have a retirement plan that allows you to make large contributions, you may want to think about maximizing your contributions this year, as the opportunity may not …

Originally published Published: 09.01.11 Author By Mike Coyne

Does Your Business Need an Outside Board of Directors?

An advisory board might be a better option for business owners.

Originally published Published: 08.01.11 Author By Mike Coyne

Be Weary of Retirement-Plan Checks That Show Up Unexpectedly

If you get a check and do not know why he received it, check with your retirement plan advisers first. Chances are the check belongs to your retirement plan.

Originally published Published: 07.01.11 Author By Mike Coyne

Employee Handbooks Can Provide Important Legal Protection

Regardless of the number of employees you have, you have to inform them of you policies. The best way to communicate these is through an employee manual. It will also …

Originally published Published: 06.01.11 Author By Mike Coyne

Copyright Vs. Trademark

How to navigate the murky waters of intellectual property rights. In this article, legal expert Mike Coyne differentiates between copyright and trademark and how they apply to your business name, …

Originally published Published: 05.01.11 Author By Mike Coyne

Take Advantage of Estate Tax Benefits

Improvements to the estate tax law in 2011 offer business owners and familyowned businesses some interesting planning opportunities during the next two years.

Originally published Published: 02.01.11 Author By Mike Coyne

Social Media Poses Legal Risks for Businesses

Although social media has many benefits, be aware of the employer liability regarding employee’s participation on a social media sites.

Originally published Published: 12.01.10 Author By Mike Coyne

Use Trusts For Continuity Planning and Avoiding Probate

Trusts can provide benefits even for incorporated businesses.

Originally published Published: 11.01.10 Author By Mike Coyne

How to Plan For Your Extended Absence

Find the best way to plan for your business to succeed whether or not you are present for the daily operations.

Originally published Published: 10.01.10 Author By Mike Coyne

Are You Using Contract Labor?

Congress considering changes to address 'worker misclassification' regarding independent contractors.

Originally published Published: 09.01.10 Author By Mike Coyne

Healthcare Reform: Readers’ Questions Answered

Changes coming this fall but recipients won't be taxes on benefits. Readers raise questions about the healthcare reform and we answer.

Originally published Published: 08.01.10 Author By Mike Coyne

How Health Reform Threatens Small Business Health Plans

The problems facing small businesses due to healthcare reform are two-fold.

Originally published Published: 07.01.10 Author By Mike Coyne

Managing Fleet Liability Risk

Your fleet is an indispensable part of your business. Literally, it is your means to reach customers. It also represents a significant liability risk. These are ways to manage the …

Originally published Published: 06.01.10 Author By Mike Coyne

How to Be a Savvy Negotiator for Commercial Leases

Consider more than just the rental rate when evaluating commercial property and negotiating leases.

Originally published Published: 03.01.10 Author By Mike Coyne

Tactics for Avoiding Lawsuits

Litigation is always the result of a failure of people to deal with each other reasonably.

Originally published Published: 02.01.10 Author By Mike Coyne

Carefully Consider Coverage for Liability

Too often, customers do not appreciate that such demands for protection against damages cannot be accommodated without exceptional costs that translate into significantly higher prices for services.

Originally published Published: 01.01.10 Author By Mike Coyne

Is Identity Theft a Looming Risk For Your Business?

Companies that accept and extend credit need to comply with the new "red flag" rules.

Originally published Published: 12.01.09 Author By Mike Coyne

How to Take Control From Minority Shareholders

Several options focus on shares and voting. Also, consider alternatives before rewarding key employees with ownership shares.

Originally published Published: 11.01.09 Author By Mike Coyne

Corporate Control Can Be Complicated

Agreements among shareholders concerning corporate control must be carefully drafted and usually must comply with very specific state laws. This is one time when a competent lawyer's help is absolutely …

Originally published Published: 10.01.09 Author By Mike Coyne

Controlling Healthcare Insurance Costs

Every contractor should be watching what is happening with healthcare costs. If you already provide employee health insurance, you are well aware of how rising insurance premiums affect your business.

Originally published Published: 08.01.09 Author By Mike Coyne

Homeowners Have Limited Liability for Worker Injury

Is an hvacr contractor responsible for injuries to an employee by hazards in a customer's home?

Originally published Published: 06.01.09 Author By Mike Coyne

Protect Your Secrets

With an understanding of when and how to use confidentiality agreements, you can prevent information on your business operations from landing in the hands of your competitors.

Originally published Published: 05.01.09 Author By Stephen A. DiTullio

Laser Printing Primer

Prevent check fraud by understanding how laser checks can be altered and put technology in place to prevent disaster

Originally published Published: 04.01.09 Author By Frank W. Abagnale