by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 22, 2015

Uncomfortable Terminating a Problem Employee? Get Over It!

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Yes, it sounds very Arnold Schwarzenegger-esque, but most business owners face the point when they have to look an employee squarely in the eye and say, “You’ve been terminated.” Does the prospect make you uncomfortable? Probably. Should you avoid it and mollycoddle the employee in the hopes of a turnaround? Absolutely not. There comes a […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 21, 2015

New Exposure to Employee Retaliation?

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It probably passed unnoticed by most people, but the Supreme Court handed down a decision recently that raised more than just a few eyebrows in the legal community. In the case of CBOCS West v. Humphries, a black manager at a Cracker Barrel restaurant filed suit under the Civil Rights Act of 1866 (now codified […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 20, 2015

Basic Training: Ants and Aardvarks in the Trademark World

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Q: I have a small business in which I sell bails for jewelry. Another company (of course larger than mine) is claiming I’m infringing when the two items don’t even look alike. What should I do?  A: For those of us Saturday morning cartoon fiends, this is reminiscent of the Ant and the Aardvark. The aardvark, much […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 19, 2015

Basic Training: G is for Get Your House in Order

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When you start a business and it doesn’t do well, there can be consequences. Financial ones, especially. If you want to stick it to your creditors and walk away from the whole depressing, unprofitable endeavor, you can–that is, you have the ability to, provided that you’ve formed a limited liability entity, and “fraud” is not […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 18, 2015

Today’s the Day for the Inside Scoop on Partnerships!

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Turn off the TV.  Leave the e-mail alone for an hour.  The kids will fend for themselves.  It’s time for your Hour of Power–and learning how to create a business partnership that works. Just one hour–8 to 9 p.m. ET–can take you from tailspin to steady . . .  so make sure to sign up for […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 17, 2015

Small business insurance for virtual offices

Q.: What type of small business insurance is needed for a virtual office situation that spans more than one state?  My small business is an S-Corp with employees in Florida. A.: Regardless of your form of business entity, having small business insurance provides another important level of protection. There are various kinds of small business […]

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A DBA – or Doing Business As name – will keep your business in good legal standing, so it’s a good idea to file a DBA as soon as possible after launching your company. The DBA or Fictitious Business Name designation was created as a form of consumer protection, to prevent business owners from operating […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 15, 2015

How Badly Do You Want Repeat Customers? Let’s Talk Tuna!

What makes for a great tuna fish sandwich? No doubt, tuna fish is in the eye (or the palate) of the beholder . . . but if I’m the one doing the beholding; I’ll tell you what I like. Not too dry; not too gloppy. Finely chopped – almost pureed. A little celery, but not […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 14, 2015

Boost Your Business with Power Partners

As I channel-surfed the other night, a VH-1 documentary on disco reminded me of 8-track tapes. When all of my friends had them, I absolutely, positively had to have them, too. But very quickly, I realized that they didn’t meet my needs (I couldn’t rewind and replay my favorite parts of the Star Wars soundtrack), […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on May 13, 2015

Have Your Collections Policy Ready

If you don’t want to get stiffed, know ahead of time how you plan to collect on overdue receivables. In any economy, there’s only one thing worse than not having work to do. That’s spending the time and effort to do the work . . . and still not getting paid. Frankly, I’d rather be […]

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