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Are Your Administrative Professionals Protected Under the Fair Labor Standards Act?

Apr 22, 2015 5:18:00 PM / by Vincent DiForte

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Administrative Professionals’ Day is a time to thank staff who are crucial to supporting and running your business.

However, the broad term “administrative professionals,” which encompasses a range of job titles and responsibilities, can create costly confusion for employers attempting to classify employees for compliance with state and federal wage and hour regulations. 

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Tax Day Concerns: Properly Filing Your Business Tax Returns

Apr 15, 2015 9:30:00 AM / by Vincent DiForte

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Filing your taxes can be an arduous endeavor, especially for a business owner. With Tax Day upon us, you may find yourself, at best, worrying if you’ve taken all the proper deductions on your tax return or, at worst, scrambling at the last minute to meet the deadline.

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Data Privacy For Your Startup: From Cost-Effective Tips to Privacy Statement Essentials

Apr 10, 2015 11:29:10 AM / by Maia T. Spilman

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As indicated by the audience of the What To Do If You’re Hacked & Other Data Privacy Best Practices for Startups event last week, startups are taking notice of privacy issues and are interested in protecting their businesses. Emerging businesses should recognize that big companies, such as Target and Uber, are not the only ones facing security breaches and data privacy issues.

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Event Recap: What To Do If You’re Hacked & Other Data Privacy Best Practices for Startups

Apr 6, 2015 2:53:04 PM / by Vincent DiForte posted in Legal Basics

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Last week, Priori Legal’s monthly Meetup, which was co-hosted by Nomad Financial and Founder Shield, focused on the topic: What To Do If You’re Hacked & Other Data Privacy Best Practices for Startups. Priori data privacy lawyer, Maia Spilman, and startup expert, Peter Crysdale, discussed best practices and common missteps around data privacy and security for startups.

In case you missed it, here is a summary of the top ten takeaways from the event so your company can implement proactive measures to protect your customers’ data and your reputation.

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Clear Your Calendar: Join Us on 3/31 for Data Privacy Best Practices for Startups

Mar 18, 2015 3:06:56 PM / by Leyda Hernandez posted in Legal Basics

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The Legal Ins & Outs of Employee Handbooks: 10 Things You Need

Mar 18, 2015 10:00:00 AM / by Vincent DiForte posted in Legal Basics

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How should you handle a situation where one manager fires an employee for taking a 2-hour lunch and another only gives a warning?  How can you communicate rules and procedures around working from home?  What should you say to an employee whose attire is unprofessional?

An employee handbook can help with all of these situations and more. Employers struggle to communicate consistent policies and broach sensitive topics, so talk to a lawyer about drafting an employee handbook to help.

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Business Insurance Is More Than Just a Backstop

Mar 17, 2015 12:35:00 PM / by Carl Niedbala

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It’s easy to see insurance as a simple add-on when a startup is just getting off the ground.  Buying business insurance is not a priority compared to objectives like building a minimum viable product, acquiring users, generating revenue, or finding investors.

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Technology Licenses – What Are They Good For?

Mar 10, 2015 7:00:00 PM / by Anne Wolfson, Anne Wolfson, PLLC posted in Legal Basics

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Technology Licenses – What Are They Good For?

 

Technology is such an integral part of life today that many of us don’t think much about how we use it, or what our legal rights and obligations are when we do use it. Software or apps seem to appear seamlessly on our smartphones and computers with just a click or a swipe. But it’s rare that we consider what could happen if there is a conflict or if something doesn’t go as planned.

The best way to use technology is with an explicit license or user agreement, preferably one that you have read and understood. Without a signed license, certain relationships, obligations and rights based on the law and standard practices are inferred by a court, but these inferences can be unpredictable or unexpected. A good license agreement will describe clearly which uses are permitted and which ones are not, and will make the relationship more predictable.

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How's your Legal? An Interview with Skillcrush CEO, Adda Birnir

Feb 23, 2015 2:30:00 PM / by Valerie Pinkerton

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“It just brings down all that friction, and when the friction’s gone, I can just do the work I need to do.”

- Adda Birnir, CEO and founder of Skillcrush, on working with Priori Legal.

 

 

I am the customer community manager here at Priori Legal, and I love reducing the barriers startups face to accessing excellent legal counsel. I will be speaking with some of the incredible entrepreneurs we have paired with attorneys in our network. I recently had the opportunity to catch up with Adda Birnir, the CEO and founder of Skillcrush, about her experience with Priori.

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Environmental Law: Regulations Every Business Should Know

Feb 20, 2015 2:30:00 PM / by Vincent DiForte

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When starting your business, there is a long checklist of tasks that you need to complete before opening your doors. After choosing the proper business entity form, registering your business, obtaining your federal tax identification number and determining your state tax obligations, you’ll need to consider what federal and state licenses and permits your business needs. 

Among these necessary licenses and permits are those that will ensure you are in compliance with federal environmental regulations. From substances regulated under Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits, the alphabet soup of environmental law can be overwhelming! 

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