Small Business Business Operations - Free Enterprise
Free Enterprise - The FindLaw Small Business Law Blog

Recently in Business Operations Category

Americans work too hard. Many people don't even take vacation time because they don't get vacation pay.

When employers do offer their employees the benefit of paid vacation, they usually do so voluntarily. Are employers ever required to offer paid vacation benefits?

Do you drink Beck's beer? If you do, you may be entitled to a refund.

A couple years ago, Francisco Rene Marty, Seth Goldman, and Fernando Marquet, all avid Beck's drinkers, sued Anheuser-Busch, the company that makes Beck's Beer for misleading marketing claims regarding the beer's origins . Finally, the case has settled, and deceived customers may soon be able to claim a refund.

Many politicians have strong feelings about undocumented immigrants coming to the United States. However, Donald Trump took things too far, and now it's backfiring on him.

Mexican language television company Univision announced that it has cut all ties with Donald Trump and his organization after Trump made seemingly racist comments against Mexico and Mexican people.

Do you have a small business lawyer? If no, why not?

When there are countless rules, regulations, and laws governing the operations of a business, small business owners can't afford to ignore the legal aspects of running a business. Go find a small business attorney and ask him or her these three legal questions asap:

I'm sure there are a million things you'd like to do to a shoplifter in your store. That's your merchandise (and hard earned revenue) walking out the door.

But you don't want to get in trouble yourself, right? So what are your legal rights when dealing with shoplifters?

All small businesses have different expansion patterns. Most grow in fits and starts rather than following one smooth upward curve of success. As a result, figuring out specific benchmarks for your small business can be difficult.

One key benchmark is the moment you hire your own in-house counsel. How big does your company need to be before it makes sense to have full-time legal counsel? While there is no perfect formula to figure this out, here are a few considerations:

While many people would expect California to lead the way on legalized marijuana, the state is a mess of overlapping and sometimes contradictory legislation that can vary from county to county or even city to city. When Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom announced his campaign for the governor spot in February, he called the Golden State "the worst of all worlds" when it came to regulating the pot industry.

So it's only natural you'd have a California mayor taking bribes to protect some medical marijuana dispensaries while ordering police raids on others. Also, it's only natural for the officers conducting those raids to partake in a few edibles while they're at it. Wait, what?

Beware of the eight-legged chicken!

Don't worry. They don't exist. At least, that's what KFC wants to remind us. The fried chicken company has long been plagued with rumors of mutant chickens in China. But now, the company has finally had enough. It's turning to the courts to squash the rumors.

According to the Dodd-Frank Act, "No employer may discharge, demote, suspend, threaten, harass, directly or indirectly, or in any other manner discriminate against, a whistleblower in the terms and conditions of employment."

So, while you may be angry enough to fire the guy that turned you in to the SEC, don't. You could be setting yourself and your business up for even more legal troubles and monetary sanctions.

Here are some do's and don'ts to help you avoid a whistleblower retaliation claim:

As a small business owner, you probably have a lot of people working for you. Is one of them a small business attorney?

If no, why not? A small business lawyer can take care of all the legal requirements of owning a business, defend your business from employee harassment and discrimination claims, facilitate business deals, and draft favorable contracts. Do you have the expertise to do that yourself?

If you don't have a small business attorney, hire one. Don't worry it can be pretty simple. Here's a checklist for hiring a small business attorney: