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Overtime Rules Set to Change Again

Overtime Rules Set to Change Again Columbus, OH

The Department of Labor has issued a final rule increasing the salary levels that will be required for certain overtime exemptions under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). If your employees are impacted, these changes mean that you will either have to increase your employees’ salaries so that they remain exempt from overtime pay requirements, […]

Client Alert: Corporate Transparency Act Compliance

Corporate Transparency Act Compliance Columbus, Ohio

The Corporate Transparency Act (CTA), which aims to combat money laundering, tax fraud, the financing of terrorism, and other illicit activity through the use of anonymous shell and front companies, has officially gone into effect. This new requirement affects nearly all of our clients by requiring “reporting companies” to report beneficial ownership information (BOI) to the U.S. Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). New business entities will also have to disclose information about who created the entity or registered it to do business in the U.S. 

Navigating the Legal Potholes of Small Business

Navigating Legal Potholes Small Business Columbus, OH

Shay joins Ashley Cox’s podcast, The Ripple Effect, to discuss the legal potholes of small businesses. 
Excerpt: We discussed the complexities of employment laws, where Shay emphasized the importance of having legal support to help you protect your business from potential lawsuits and reputation damage. 

FTC Proposes Rule Banning Noncompete Agreements

FTC Proposes Rule Banning Noncompete Agreements

We’re currently monitoring the Federal Trade Commission’s proposed rule that would ban the use of noncompete agreements with workers nationwide, including with independent contractors. If the rule becomes final, existing noncompete agreements will have to be rescinded within 180 days, and employers will have to send individual notices to their current and former workers that the […]

Text Message as Signature: Be Careful What You Agree To

Text message signature Columbus, OH

We regularly try to remind business owners and nonprofit directors that they should not do business on a
handshake. Too many problems creep up when the terms of the deal aren’t documented in writing,
especially as time goes on. But a recent case involving text messages illustrates not only when a written conversation might serve as a binding contract but when the terms of that communication might also be construed as a personal guarantee by the person sending the message.

Advertising Law Part 2: Facing the Competition

Advertising Law Part 2 Columbus, OH

We frequently tell clients and prospective clients that no matter what kind of business you own and no matter how much time you’d like to spend developing your products or providing your services, the thing that will take up most of your time as an entrepreneur is really marketing. You have to let potential customers and clients know about your products or services and why they should choose you over the competition. But how much can you really say about the competition in your advertising materials?

Disclosing Salary Information: Nice to Do or Must Do?

Disclosing Your Salary Information Columbus, Ohio

Everyone we talk to is struggling to hire new employees. Among other hiring challenges is the question of whether your job description should disclose the pay range for the position. As legal counsel, we’re not here to wade into the debate over whether it’s more equitable to disclose a pay range (it is*) or whether you’re in a better bargaining position if you require candidates to disclose first. But we do want to make small businesses and nonprofits aware of the changing legal landscape. 

Be Careful With Unregistered Trademarks

Unregistered trademark Columbus, Ohio

A federal law known as the Lanham Act is often used for a variety of unfair competition claims brought by competitors, including infringement of unregistered trademarks. (At the state law level, most states have some version of a Deceptive Trade Practices Act that also prohibits unfair competition.) You should never assume that a cursory search of exact matches in the USPTO or Secretary of State databases can provide the all-clear to proceed with a brand idea.

Advertising Law: What Small Businesses Need to Know

Advertising Law Columbus, Ohio

Being an entrepreneur requires you to wear many hats. Not only do you have to provide a great product or service, but you’re also responsible for all of the financial details like setting prices, learning how to use accounting software, managing expenses; long term strategic planning, especially if you plan to grow the business; and human resources and the never-ending challenging of managing people. But no matter what kind of business you run, it seems like your “real” job is sales and marketing. After all, none of the other staff matters if you can’t get customers or clients to buy what you’re selling. 

Applying for Tax Exempt Status? Pitfalls to Watch Out For

Applying for Tax-Exempt Status Columbus, OH

​If you’ve ever considered starting a nonprofit organization, then you’ve probably taken a look at the IRS’ Application for Recognition of Tax-Exempt Status. IRS Form 1023 is a daunting application to say the least. At one point, the IRS estimated that for the average person to properly complete and submit the form would take more than 100 hours. It is the equivalent of getting audited before your organization even gets started. And after putting in all of that work, nearly 15% of applications never get approved.

What are some of the common mistakes that could hinder or delay your application, effectively destroying your mission-driven project before it even gets off the ground?