Free Enterprise - FindLaw Small Business Law Blog

Free Enterprise - The FindLaw Small Business Law Blog


With the ubiquity of small businesses on social media, many entrepreneurs are wondering if their business even needs its own dedicated website. Especially when (good) web design is expensive and Facebook is still free.

While there may be benefits to replacing your business website with Facebook, there are also drawbacks.

With over 50 million freelancers out there, businesses would be foolish not to take advantage of their services. After all, not all jobs require a full-time employee.

As businesses and employees are getting more flexible and agile, you may find yourself in the market for freelancers. To make sure you hire the right way, keep a few things in mind:

Poor Abercrombie & Fitch just can't get a break.

Soon after a stunning 8-1 defeat before the Supreme Court over religious head coverings, Abercrombie is going back to the courtroom. Approximately 62,000 of the company's California employees are suing over the company's strict uniform policy.

What trouble has Abercrombie gotten itself into now?

Throwing a frat-themed office party? Probably a bad idea. This idea is especially a bad for social media/tech companies, since they already suffer from heavily criticism for being overtly male-dominated. 

And then this happens: a team at Twitter through a frat-themed office party while being sued for gender discrimination? This is quite possibly the worst idea possible in terms of supporting gender equality in the workplace.

At least this serves as a good opportunity for other businesses to learn: don't do what Twitter just did.

Employees should theoretically love overtime. They get paid time and a half or even double for the same amount of work.

However, people have lives outside of work, so even the most loyal employees may be hesitant to commit to extra work. If an employee refuses to work more than the standard eight hour day, do you have any recourse?

Can you fire an employee who refuses to work overtime?

An employee is claiming harassment at work. The problem is that the employee doesn't know the identity of the harasser. How can you, the employer, resolve the harassment issue if you don't even know who to blame?

Can you just ignore harassment when the harasser is anonymous?

The Supreme Court may have extended the right to marry to same-sex couples this year, but the fight for equality, benefits, and rights is not over.

Just a month after the Supreme Court's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges Walmart is defending itself against a lawsuit that claims gender discrimination when it refused to extend health insurance to same-sex spouses of employees.

Throughout the United States, women, on average, earn only about 77 percent of what men earn for the same work. In some states, the pay gap is even wider, with women as much as 34 percent less than men.

So, it should make sense that women should pay less than men for the same products. Some businesses, in protest of the gender pay gap, are charging women less than men.

Should your business consider adopting a gender-based pricing strategy? Is it legal?

Congratulations on your new eBay business!

I hope the money is flowing in. But, to ensure you get to keep the money, make sure your business isn't skirting the law in any way.

Take these five steps to keep your eBay business legal:

Entrepreneurs are an optimistic sort, so it may be hard to admit that your small business needs to file for bankruptcy. But even the best of us go bankrupt, just ask 50 Cent, Kodak, and the company that makes Twinkies.

There are a few options for small business bankruptcy, and here's what you can expect if you file for Chapter 11 or "reorganization" bankruptcy.