Hiring Matters

  Unpaid internships used to be all about “the experience”–an opportunity for young students to break into a new field, to gain contacts, to explore new career possibilities. But with the current administration’s increased focus on enforcing labor law violations, small businesses could well fall into the enforcement net. While this Daily Dose post covered […]

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“Aw, c’mon,” you cry, “so what if I have my friend’s daughter coming into handle my bookkeeping and I just pay her hourly?” Well, that “so what” could cost you thousands of extra dollars in penalties and interest if you don’t classify your “workforce” properly. Whenever your business benefits from someone else’s time, intellect, and […]

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Post image for To Compete or Not to Compete? That Is the Question

“Can I get my employees to sign a non-compete?” I’m often asked. Unless you’ve thought through this special kind of legal provision carefully, they are often struck down. A non-compete clause essentially prevents your worker from entering into a competing business or working for a competing business when he or she leaves your employ.  While […]

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  The dining room was a sea of Post-It® notes. All over the table. They flowed out into the foyer, onto the cabinets, into the kitchen. Such was the organizational state of Molly Mahoney Matthews’ newly-launched PR business. When Molly’s sister, Sharon, stopped by for a visit and saw the torrent of little yellow squares threatening […]

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It’s no secret that governments (Federal, state and local) are strapped for cash. One of the ways they’re seeking to fill the coffers is by cracking down more heavily on small businesses regarding their use of independent contractors (ICs). Why? ICs are handy way for small businesses to expand and contract their workforce as needed.  […]

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Post image for Moonlighting: Legal for Business Owners?

Q: If a person is a 50 percent owner in an LLC corporation, is it illegal for that person who owns another company that does the same type of work to go and do work or operate under that business?  Someone mentioned to me that it is a conflict under a law regarding corporate obligation. […]

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Nancy and I were sitting on a chic white leather couch at Pranna, one of NYC’s newer Indo-Asian-fusion restaurants. Having a glass of wine. Exotic music thumping in the background. The after-party of a speed-networking event. Nancy has owned her consulting business for about five years, having left the stifling corridors of corporate America. She […]

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You’ve reached a point where you’re ready to tear your hair out. You’re pulled in 17 different directions and, try as you might, you haven’t found a way to manufacture the 28-hour day. Much as it’s daunting, you’re staring down an inescapable fact: In order to grow your business, you . . . need . […]

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“There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” said my colleague, Joe Harris, Esq. of White Harris PLLC. “That’s what small businesses need to understand about interns.” Joe reaches for the check (“Ironic,” I think, “… seems I am getting a free lunch!”) as we chat about the trends and challenges we’re seeing for small […]

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“Helen” needed someone to handle her bookkeeping and billing. It only took 1 or 2 days per week, but she didn’t have the time. What she did have was an actor friend who would do the work for her. But the money he wanted, coupled with the cost of social security, worker’s compensation, unemployment insurance, […]

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