Starting with Employee 1

By: Donna Ray Berkelhammer.

While many employment discrimination laws don’t apply until you have 15, 25 or 50 employees, there are several employment laws that apply when you hire your first employee: Immigration and Reform Control Act requires employers to verify employee eligibility to work and to retain form I-9. Fair Labor Standards Act and Equal Pay Act (FLSA [...]

 

What does the Redskins Cancellation Mean for My Business and Trademarks?

By: Donna Ray Berkelhammer.

The US Trademark Trial and Appeal Board recently cancelled several Washington Redskins trademarks on the grounds that at the time these marks were registered, they were disparaging or offensive. This means the marks should have never been registered. 

 

I Caught Someone Copying My Website. Now What?

By: Donna Ray Berkelhammer.

You just discovered that a new entrant to your existing market copied your website FAQs, but changed them a little.  Your site has “© ABC Corporation 2009-2014″ on the bottom.  What do you do now.

 

To Be a Franchise or Not to Be….

By: Donna Ray Berkelhammer.

When starting a new business, many people toy with the idea of opening a franchised business.

 

Anatomy of a Commercial Real Estate Purchase

By: Donna Ray Berkelhammer.

Once you have selected a property and have some idea of a fair price and market conditions, it is time for the real estate attorney to be involved. There are many protections for consumers purchasing real estate, but hardly any in the commercial arena, so it is important to have a trusted adviser to protect [...]

 

Check Your General Commercial Liability Policy for Cyberliability Coverage

By: Donna Ray Berkelhammer.

It is likely that your company has an obligation to protect the data and the financial information of its customers, clients and/or employees. This may be harder than ever since much of the company’s most of the valuable information now involves some form of network and data connection or storage, and work is conducted electronically [...]