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SHOULD EMPLOYERS PARTICIPATE IN THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR’S “PAID” PROGRAM?

The Wage and Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently announced that it intends to implement a six-month pilot program, known as the Payroll Audit Independent Determination Program, or “PAID”. The PAID program will provide a framework for proactive resolution of overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). The program’s primary objectives will be resolving FLSA violations without the need for litigation, improving employers’ compliance with overtime and minimum wage obliga...Read More
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TOP TEN BASICS OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

(PART OF AN ON-GOING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY SERIES FOR BUSINESS OWNERS) Business Owners know that Intellectual Property (IP) and Technology are daily realties and aspects in our modern business world today. Each Business Owner needs to be aware of what IP is and the different forms of protections available to ensure it has obtained the proper protections for its business and also, does not risk infringing or misappropriating a third party’s IP rights. The following Top Ten List provides Business Owners basics on what IP is and what pro...Read More
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Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era – Is your company ready?

The “#MeToo” movement has put workplace sexual harassment in the spotlight, with numerous high-profiled resignations and terminations happening on Capitol Hill and in Hollywood. It is only a matter of time until employers see an increase in sexual harassment claims in the workplace. An October 2017 NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reported that 48 percent of women working in the United States say they have personally experienced an unwelcome sexual advance or verbal or physical harassment at work. Yet, according to an Equal Employme...Read More
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How to Prepare Your Business for an Increase in Workplace I-9 Enforcement in 2018

What’s hiding in your I-9 files? ICE is Committed to Significant Increase in Worksite Enforcement in 2018 Director Homan signals intent to aggressively target employers that employ illegals Workplace immigration compliance is getting increased attention from the government and this year, enforcement actions are expected to be increased significantly. Recently, Acting Immigration and Customers Enforcement Director Thomas Homan has instructed Homeland Security Investigations to increase its time spent on work site enforcement by “four or...Read More
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TOP TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR SOFTWARE AND OTHER INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY (IP) ASSETS

Protecting your software and other Intellectual Property (IP) assets is very important for all businesses. Implementing some important practices will increase your protections and controls. By considering these tips and including some of these provisions in your IP License Agreement (IP Licenses), you reduce the risk of your software or other IP being transferred without your consent and you will be in a stronger position in the event of a dispute. Current positions and trends in the law to be aware of: The current guideline under gene...Read More
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