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10 Legal Tips to Make Your Business a Great Place to Work

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By Christopher Coble, Esq. on November 11, 2015 2:59 PM

Are small businesses great places to work because they stay out of legal trouble? Or do they stay out of legal trouble because they are great places to work?

This might be a chicken and the egg conundrum, but either way, you want your small business to be a great place to work and you don't want any lawsuits. Here are ten ways to make that happen:

1. Keep It Safe: Hackers are everywhere, and having the right cybersecurity could pay off for your small business.

2. Keep Is Social: And avoid legal trouble on social media by adhering to FTC rules, copyright laws, and a stern, yet sane social media policy for employees.

3. Keep It in the Family: There are bonuses to running a family business, but you may want to protect the business by incorporating and having pre-nups and a succession plan.

4. Keep It Equal: Treating all employees and customers the same will help you avoid lawsuits for disability discrimination, LGBT discrimination, age discrimination, and pregnancy discrimination.

5. Keep It International: Make sure your business is open to hiring immigrants, and doing it the right way with E-Verify and I-9s and without discriminating.

6. Keep It Festive: Know the ins and outs of holiday hiring, from using phone screens to save time to taking a long-term view on seasonal work.

7. Keep It Clean: Many employees suffer from environmental sensitivities, so keeping the workplace as fragrance free as possible and making some reasonable accommodations may be in order.

8. Keep It Green: Make sure your business is environmentally friendly as well, by taking advantage of government subsidies for energy efficiency and comprehensive recycling programs.

9. Keep It Motivational: It's up to you to keep your staff energized and eager to work; PTO for volunteer work, telecommuting, and more face time with management are all good places to start.

10. Keep It Inspirational: Be a beacon of hope to your employees by knowing how to fail successfully through admitting mistakes, asking questions, and adjusting your approach.

Making your small business a great place to work and keeping it out of legal trouble go hand in hand. And if you need a hand implementing any of this advice, you might want to talk to a great business attorney today.

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