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Free Enterprise - The FindLaw Small Business Law Blog


Cyber insurance shouldn't be foreign to small business owners, and it can potentially keep your homefront secure.

More and more, companies are turning to cyber insurance policies to safeguard their online reputations. From mom-and-pop shops to big corporations, CNBC reports that cyber insurance is helping businesses insurance against cyberattacks and other online threats.

What do you need to know about cyber insurance to make it work for your business?

7 Tips for Take Your Daughter/Son to Work Day

This Thursday is Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day.

This annual holiday seeks to strengthen the connection between parents and children when it comes to work and education.

Here are seven tips to keep in mind when preparing your office for the holiday.

For Earth Day: 5 Environmental Tips for Businesses

Happy Earth Day! Business owners who "go green" are not only helping the environment, but they can also reap financial rewards.

From tax incentives to energy saving methods to help businesses save money, business owners should consider helping out Mother Nature.

So here are five environmental tips for businesses.

Top 5 Tips for Effective Staff Meetings

Staff meetings are a great way to brainstorm new ideas for the business and do a round-up of the current happenings in the company. How can you make them more effective?

In order to facilitate a good meeting, there are a few things business owners can do to make the most out of the session.

So rather than making a staff meeting something employees dread, here are five tips for effective staff meetings:

General Mills has nixed its controversial legal terms which potentially would have forced consumers into arbitration for "liking" the company online.

After less than a week of worried consumers raising questions about the cereal titan taking away their rights to sue, General Mills took down its newest legal terms on Saturday night. The company decided to go back to its original online legal terms, citing that their new policy was "widely misunderstood, causing concerns among our consumers," reports The New York Times.

Will this General Mills flap serve as a warning for other corporations using "clickwrap" agreements?

Lululemon Yoga Pants Lawsuit to Be Dismissed: Judge

Lululemon executives can breathe a sigh of relief now that a federal judge intends to dismiss a lawsuit brought by investors over quality-control issues with its yoga pants.

Some of the investors' legal claims against Lululemon included failing to disclose that its black Luon yoga pants were "too sheer" and "falsely touting its quality control," Reuters reports.

So what can small businesses learn from the Lululemon lawsuit?

5 Legal Tips for Allowing Pets at Work

It's becoming more commonplace for businesses to allow employees to bring pets to work.

Some studies have shown that employees who bring their dogs to work experience lower levels of stress-causing hormone cortisol, according to USA Today. Other people simply think having their pets around makes the workplace more enjoyable.

But before you allow pets at work, here are some legal tips to consider.

If consumers "like" your brand or business, does that mean they won't be able to sue you?

That's what cereal giant General Mills is attempting to do, by forcing those who "like" them on Facebook, enter sweepstakes, or download coupons to agree to arbitration instead of suing in civil court for any potential legal disputes. The New York Times suggests that even purchasing General Mills products might impose "forced arbitration" on consumers.

Can a similar arbitration policy keep your company's fans from suing your business?

7 Tips for Negotiating a Pop-Up Store Lease

Pop-up stores can be a great, low-cost option for businesses that are just getting started. But much like signing a long-term retail lease, pop-up business owners might need to do some negotiating.

Pop-up store owners in Detroit are learning this first-hand, as many have been testing out the market by renting out small, unused retail spaces for short time periods, according to The New York Times.

So if you're thinking about signing a lease for a pop-up store, here are seven tips that may come in handy for your lease negotiations:

US Airways received an online beating Monday for a tweet that took off and went viral: a pornographic picture posted to Twitter in response to a customer's complaint.

After the customer tweeted @USAirways complaining of a flight delay, the company's social media team attached a NSFW photo of a naked woman aiming a model jetliner toward her private parts. US Airways is calling the incident a "mistake," but it will not be firing the employee responsible, reports Forbes.

Worried about your company's own turbulent tweets? Keep these five lessons in mind to avoid any similar social media snafus: