Texting and Driving

Keep your employees’ hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. There are many scenarios in which employers have been found liable for injuries — here’s what you can …

Originally published Published: 02.01.16 Author By Joseph Dreesen & Catherine Cano

Risk Management Shouldn’t Be Risky Business

Instead of focusing on finding the best insurance policy for when an accident occurs, why not focus on preventing it from happening in the first place?

Originally published Published: 06.08.15 Author By Matthew Stangle

Legal Does Not Mean Safe

As more states legalize marijuana, employers should know they still have the right to a drug-free workplace policy.

Originally published Published: 04.01.15 Author By Jo McGuire

Choosing the Right Lawyer is Crucial to Success

A good business attorney provides vital assistance in almost every aspect of your business. Here’s what you need to know to hire an attorney before you actually need one.

Originally published Published: 03.01.15 Author By Pete Grasso

Employee or Independent Contractor: Why it Matters

Knowing how to classify employees can be the difference between profit and disaster.

Originally published Published: 01.05.15 Author By Christopher Boman

Trademark Basics for Small Business Owners

Understanding the value of your trademark is just the first step: Consult a trademark lawyer and pursue legal registration.

Originally published Published: 04.01.14 Author By Beniam Biftu

Copyright Basics for Small Business Owners

Protect Your Intellectual Property with Registered Copyrights

Originally published Published: 03.01.14 Author By Beniam Biftu

Trademark Infringement – The Identity Theft of Businesses

The most important aspect of your business is its identity – its trademark™

Originally published Published: 02.01.14 Author By Beniam Biftu

9 Steps for Reducing Your Exposure to Employee Injury Fraud

9 Steps for Reducing Your Exposure to Employee Injury Fraud

Originally published Published: 11.01.13 Author By Greg Smith

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

Address Texting-While-Driving Head On

This theory of liability applies when employees are acting within the scope of employment or for the benefit of employer.

Originally published Published: 07.01.12 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