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What the whistleblower ruling means for employers
Check out this article about a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision concerning whistleblower protections under the Dodd-Frank Act. The court ruled that anti-retaliatory protections in the law apply only to employees who report alleged securities violations directly to the SEC rather than internally. While the ruling may appear to be a “win” for employers, it could end up encouraging employees to bypass internal complaint mechanisms and go straight to the SEC, which could end up hurting employers.
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Liability consideration for startups
Check out this article looking at the different levels of liability exposure for different types of business structures in Oregon. The article looks at four of the most common business types, ranging from sole proprietorships and partnerships, which have the most liability exposure, to corporations and limited liability companies, which offer the least such exposure. Choosing the right level of liability can have a major impact on a business’ future growth and can help mitigate some of the risk involved in setting up a new business.


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Steps for establishing a positive business reputation
Take a look at this article about what new businesses can do to establish a strong reputation from the start. For example, businesses should follow through on their promises and respond to communication promptly from customers and suppliers. Businesses should also seek legal counsel to ensure their reputation is maintained and preserved.
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Retirement planning in divorce
Check out this article about why older Canadians are divorcing in far larger numbers than their younger counterparts are. The rise of so-called grey divorce is due to a number of factors, such as a decrease in the stigma surrounding divorce as well as the fact that for many Baby Boomers their children have just recently moved out and gotten set up in life. However, grey divorce does present challenges, especially when it comes to planning for a retirement that may come soon after the divorce itself.
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Oregon’s new predictable scheduling law
Check out this article about Oregon’s new predictable scheduling law and what it means for employers in the state. The law is the first statewide predictable scheduling law in the country and it will require certain large employers to provide notice of at least seven days for work schedules. The law also mandates a ten-hour rest period between shifts and a premium pay for workers required to work during rest periods or for shifts that otherwise violate the new law.
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Business defamation is not always clear cut
Take a minute to read this article that uses an Oregon case to illustrate why making false statements about a business might not always constitute defamation. The reality is that people such as online reviewers may enjoy more free speech protections than other businesses and people in the journalism profession. However, you should always feel comfortable contacting an attorney to see about your options if you think your business has been defamed.
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What types of basic insurance do businesses need?
Check out this article about business insurance and the basic policies new companies need to protect their operations. For example, as soon as a business hires their first employee, they need a workers’ compensation policy. Those who need assistance ensuring their business’ success as it gets started may benefit from working with an experienced attorney.
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Copyright infringement: The basics
Take a look at this article to learn more about copyrights and the benefits of registering a copyright. Find out more about copyright infringement, as well as the penalties that are involved when people use another artist’s creative work without his or her permission. Learn how an attorney may be helpful to those who wish to protect their intellectual property.
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Safeguarding intellectual property in Oregon
Read more to learn how Oregon business owners, artists and inventors may protect their intellectual property. Ideas and expressions of the mind, including artistic works, inventions and even brand logos, may be vital to a company’s success. Unfortunately, however, others may seek to copy, modify or otherwise use these ideas for their own profit. People may protect their intellectual property from this type of theft through the use of copyrights, patents and trademarks.
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Having key consultants can help your business succeed
Discover which types of consultants can help your business avoid key mistakes on its way to becoming a thriving venture. Perhaps most obviously necessary are lawyers and accountants. However, a marketing consultant can aid in creating an effective business plan, and a tech guru can design an app that expands your customer reach. It is also important to keep in mind that as your business evolves, you may require more services from, say, your lawyer, and need to switch firms.
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