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Is an LLC the right business structure for your company?

Starting a business is a process that will require you to make many difficult decisions. The start-up process can be complex and fraught with challenges, and one of these issues could be choosing the right structure for your business. Opening a business involves much more than just having a great idea and putting a sign on your door.

You will have to decide what kind of business structure is the ideal choice for what you hope you accomplish. Making the right decision is not always an easy choice, and whatever you decide will have an impact on the future of your company. One of the most popular choices for California entrepreneurs and hopeful business owners is a limited liability corporation.

How much leave do you have to give an employee?

How much leave do you have to give an employee under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

The answer, according to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is whatever is "reasonable."

Advance directives: What should you consider?

Advance directives are documents you put together that express your wishes in case you can't do so yourself.

You could end up in a situation like that faster than you think. All it takes is one hard blow to the head in a fall, a car accident that leaves you unconscious or a sudden infection that robs you of the ability to think straight.

Workplace violence is a business liability to manage

Employee violence is a huge legal risk that, as an employer, you have to try to mitigate where you can.

That makes it important to understand as much as you can about the problem.

Krispy Kreme lawsuit filed over sticky issue

A woman in California filed a lawsuit against Krispy Kreme, the giant of doughnut chains, complaining that the company misled her into choosing its apple fritter as a supposedly healthier choice over its other deep-fried and delicious delicacies.

State laws are generally kinder to plaintiffs in cases like these in California than in other states. Businesses have a legitimate reason to fear lawsuits claiming false advertising, violations of various business codes and breaches of contract.

Your HR department can help prevent trouble with employees

Business owners understand the importance of an efficient staff. Employees who feel appreciated and know what they're doing can help a company to run smoothly. When this happens, it may be easy to let important things slide. After all, why worry about events that may not happen?

The last thing you want is to be blindsided by a lawsuit from a disgruntled employee. While it may seem as if you have a wonderful relationship with your staff, you can't always predict what will happen in the future and how your employees will react. Preparation and prevention may seem time-consuming now, but they could easily save you time, money and frustration in the future.

Mortgage loan discrimination: Subtle signs to look for

Mortgage loan discrimination is the technical term for someone gaming the system in order to deny equal credit to potential borrowers based solely on something like their race, sexual orientation or religion.

While federal regulations like the Dodd-Frank Act, the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Credit Opportunity Act all ban discrimination and encourage lenders to be honest in their dealings with potential borrowers, the reality is that mortgage discrimination still happens.

Can you punish an employee for a social media post?

Social media continues to be a problem for employers because it's difficult what the rules are when an employee goes rogue and either fires off a blast about the company itself or violates a morality clause by posting a joke that simply reeks of racism.

If an employee makes a social media post that crosses a company line, there are essentially two things you have to ask yourself before you can take action:

  1. Was the employee's post a protected activity?
  2. Did you have legitimate access to the material?

Freelancers: Understand your choices when doing business

Freelancers are in a somewhat unique position when it comes to deciding exactly what type of business they want to be.

No matter what type of freelance work you do, there are pros and cons to each type of business entity you can choose to operate under. While these aren't your only options, they are the three most common choices for new freelancers to use.

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