by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 15, 2017

Can You Dock an Employee for Damages?

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Well, employees are people, too. And they may have some of your company equipment at home (laptop, cell phone, etc.).If they damage the equipment, do they have to pay for it? Can you dock their paycheck? The answer, generally, is no. Many states prohibit companies from making deductions from an employee’s paycheck, other than those required […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 12, 2017

‘Permission to Hug?’

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Those who are NCIS fans may recognize the line from the episode “Driven,” where an AI-operated car supposedly kills one of its inventors.  The criminal shenanigans are only tangential to why I mention the issue.   The episode opens with the NCIS team sitting through sexual harassment awareness training. Like a lovingly dysfunctional family, the team […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 9, 2017

Interviewing Alicia Marie Fruin–Building a Business Worth Having

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What struck me about my conversation with Alicia Marie Fruin, a national leader in coaching and training for small-business owners, and founder of PeopleBizInc.com, is that she so quickly zeroed in on where entrepreneurs get stuck. Stuck in doing everything ourselves because we can’t see a way for our company to expand past our limited skill sets. Stuck […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 6, 2017

Basic Training: Keeping Up with Corporate Minutes . . . Properly

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As we’re still in the early part of 2010, it’s a good time for corporations (and LLCs!) to prepare their annual minutes.  Minutes outline the major decisions the company made in the previous year. Not only are they a handy way of recalling the significant issues the company faced in the prior 12 months, they’re […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on January 3, 2017

Basic Training: Just How Exacting Are the Tax Authorities Anyway?

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Today’s Basic Training question can be answered simply with a Sarah Palin-esque answer:  “You betcha!” Q: Are you required to add state taxes to online business? A: Even though online businesses don’t have the same physical “presence” as their bricks-and-mortar counterparts, they are still required to charge sales tax (and remit it to the local authorities) […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on December 31, 2016

It’s the principle of the thing ….

  “I’m done. I’m done! I’m not giving him anything else. The man practically destroyed my business. He doesn’t deserve another red cent.” My client, Valerie, rants while I listen patiently on the phone. She finally got up the gumption to kick out her low-achieving business partner, and we’re in the throes of a settlement […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on December 28, 2016

What to Do with an Uncooperative Business Partner

I found a thread of a plaintive (online) cry for help:  “My partner isn’t returning phone calls.  I want to get off the business papers as a responsible party.  I’ve not been active in the business for the last six months/year/two years.  What do I do?” Unfortunately, to really make sure all those loose ends […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on December 25, 2016

Understanding Your “Silent Partner’s” Motivations

Entrepreneurs who want to raise capital from angel investors really need to consider the process from the angel’s point of view. Every audience you’re trying to sway needs to be able to see “what’s in it for them”.  I’ve heard people quip that the most popular radio station in the world is WIIFM–“What’s In It […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on December 22, 2016

Common Small Biz Legal Issues

Business law has become so complicated – how can you keep it all straight? Add to that the mountain of tasks that a small business needs to take care of – legal duties that you, as the business owner, may not even be aware of! That’s where an attorney can help, to ensure that your […]

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by Nina L. Kaufman, Esq. on December 19, 2016

Small Business Legal Tips on Networking CEO (podcast!)

Small business legal issues provide part of the foundation of your business. Many entrepreneurs don’t realize that there are two crucial components to any successful business: encouraging growth (that’s the fun part sales and marketing and revenues) and managing risk (that’s the un-fun part of HR, administration, accounting, and law). As someone who wants to […]

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