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Beware of non-compete agreements with unenforceable terms

Non-compete agreements have become a standard clause in many employment contracts these days. While these agreements are vital to protecting a company's trade secrets, customer lists and intellectual property, non-competes are also finding their way into employment contracts where they are simply not needed (menial jobs like working at a sandwich shop, for instance).

How small businesses can benefit from mediation over litigation

As a small business owner, chances are that you will be involved in a dispute of some sort at some point, whether it is with a vendor, a customer, an employee, a competitor or even a business partner. Disputes can be as minor as disagreeing with a business partner over where to place the water cooler, or as serious as a former employee accusing you of discrimination. In any case, mediation may be an excellent way to get the dispute resolved.

Managing the work of independent contractors for your business

If you own an established business that is beginning to grow, you will no doubt face challenges as well as opportunities. One of the challenges associated with growing a business is managing labor needs. In some cases, this will mean hiring employees. In other cases, it will mean working with independent contractors and other third parties.

Employment litigation risks for small businesses

Just like kids and teenagers do, small businesses often experience growing pains. Turning a one-person operation into a company with a significant number of employees is not simply a matter of scaling up the status quo. The human element of running a business can be more complex than you realize.

Attorneys helping business owners resolve contract disputes

As a small business owner, contracts are likely at the heart of your success. There used to be a time when a handshake agreement was enough to seal a business agreement, and in some cases, that may still be true. However, a well-written contract means that you don't need to simply trust that the other party will hold up their end of the deal. Contracts are a strong legal tool that explicitly spell out expectations and provide enforcement mechanisms for non-compliance.

Protecting businesses by getting tough on patent trolling

No matter what kind of business you're in, chances are good that you've got some important intellectual property to protect. Some companies protect their IP by keeping it proprietary, while others file patents. Unfortunately, patents have become a double-edged sword in recent years, meaning that companies could unexpectedly find themselves on the defense side of a lawsuit.

Basic qualities of an enforceable non-compete agreement

While America has long had a reputation as manufacturer of high-quality products, manufacturing is no longer the "coin of the realm." Instead, many American companies produce ideas and experts, who then go on to create value for the company.

Five reasons to use mediation to settle business disputes

All too often, business owners turn to the traditional litigation model to settle disputes that arise, whether it involves partners, employees, vendors or other businesses. However, as most people know, litigation can be very expensive and it can take a long time to finally reach a settlement.

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