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May 2013 Archives

New businesses in Colorado confronted with cyber threats

People all over Colorado are starting new business ventures. Even as the economy continues in recovery mode, entrepreneurs all over the state are looking to launch a new company or take steps to grow existing businesses. There are many things that business owners need to be aware of as the make a significant change.

Fired for Facebook

On September 2, 2011, Administrative Law Judge Arthur J. Amchan issued the decision that employees' off-hours griping about their working conditions was protected by the National Labor Relations Act. This Act, 29 U.S.C. § 151-169, was created in 1935 to protect the rights of employees and employers, to encourage collective bargaining, and to curtail certain private sector labor and management practices, which can harm the general welfare of workers, business and the U.S. economy. The Act also created the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) which is an independent federal agency vested with the power to prevent and remedy unfair labor practices committed by private sector employers and unions.

Does Abercrombie & Fitch discriminate against disabled people?

Employers are required to comply with many state and federal regulations when it comes to certain employment practices. It can be confusing and overwhelming for people to fully understand all the requirements when it comes to hiring and firing employees and designing acceptable policies for operations. If an employer fails to comply with employment laws, he or she can face some serious consequences.

Controversial 'Sue your Boss' Bill signed into law

While discrimination by employers with any amount of employees is illegal; until recently, the law in Colorado made a distinction between employers with fifteen or fewer employees. The previous law limited available remedies, even in cases of intentional discrimination, to those damages which "make the employee whole," namely earning back pay or getting their position back.

Can you trademark a holiday?

Many companies have products or services that they wish to trademark in order to identify themselves as the source of the material. Business owners want consumers to have certain expectations of a product met when they purchase or use something that has been trademarked by a company. Protecting proprietary rights by applying to trademark something can be a huge benefit to companies, but it must be done so effectively, lawfully and responsibly. 

Colorado Voters Passed Amendment 64

On November 6, 2012, Colorado voters passed Amendment 64 which allows for the recreational use of marijuana, thereby expanding the state's lax marijuana policies following the legalization of medical marijuana use in 2000. The newest Amendment, which was signed into law by Governor Hickenlooper on January 6, 2013, allows for adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of marijuana and grow as many as six (6) plants in the privacy of their homes.

What 4 factors attract venture capital for startups?

Starting a business in Colorado can be a very exciting experience for eager entrepreneurs. However, this is not to say that it is ever an easy or straightforward process. There are a number of challenges that a business owner will face throughout the life of the business, but one of the first obstacles that many people arrive at is securing venture capital

Could non-compete agreements be banned in Colorado?

Business owners in Colorado are generally very serious about protecting their companies. They want to make sure they do whatever it takes to ensure that they stay competitive in the market, while also ensuring their company is a good place for employees to work. Maintaining this balance can be a delicate process, and some companies who value one of these goals significantly more than the other can end up facing legal consequences. This can be especially true when it comes to contract disputes