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Monday, August 21, 2017

Justice Department Says Rights Law Doesn’t Protect Gays

What Does This Mean For Our Company Employment Policies?

Recently it seems like the legal landscape surrounding issues of “gay rights” is changing every day.  For example, the New York Times recently reported on a brief filed by the Department of Justice that argues federal civil rights laws do not provide any protection against discrimination based upon sexual orientation.  With so many moving parts, it can be easy to get confused about what the law requires of you and your business, and how to make sure you are protected against any claims of illegal discrimination.  When creating and amending policies, it is a good idea to keep your

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

3 Top Reasons Why Business Contracts End Up in Court

Any good business person needs to stay aware of current trends, and one important trend to be on top of is why business contracts end up in court.  Without the help of a contracts lawyer, it’s hard to avoid pitfalls without knowing where the pits are. Based on the most recent research collected by the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics in

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

What Should Due Diligence Include During Mergers and Acquisitions?

What Should Due Diligence Include During Mergers and Acquisitions?

Mergers and acquisitions can be critical components of a firm’s growth scheme. Successful acquisitions may help a business increase market presence, improve profitability, and fill gaps in their product or service portfolio. Unfortunately, sometimes these transactions don’t end up meeting expectations, causing negative surprises, and damaging the firm and its’ board of directors. In 2015 alone,

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Federal Overtime Laws Have Changed: Is Your Company In Compliance?

In May 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced final provisions updating the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rules regarding overtime. The rule has been the subject of a great deal of controversy for its ambitious changes to the thresholds for overtime exempt employees and its automatic readjustment of those thresholds every three years. Your local

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Should Your Company Be Asking For Wage History Information During The Hiring Process?

Asking a job applicant about their salary history is about as common as asking for their social security number. You want to be able to assess their worth to your company while trying to keep business expenses low. It’s completely understandable. However, this practice has led some to question whether it is perpetuating pay disparities between majority and minority groups throughout the country. The past two years have revealed that states are starting to get serious about equalizing pay amongst men, women, and minorities.
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Monday, May 29, 2017

Top 5 Business Contract Considerations To Reduce Business Risk

As a businessperson, you are likely faced with multiple contract issues on a daily basis. The more contracts you read, the more numb you can become to the words endlessly flowing down, page after page. It’s easy to become complacent about the provisions in each contract, especially if you have not faced a breach of contract action. Even Read more . . .

Monday, May 15, 2017

Compliance Audit Basics & Why Your Company Needs Them

The very words “compliance audit” are enough to send chills down the spines of many entrepreneurs and business executives in the state. Why do many people get anxious at the thought of having their businesses audited by compliance agents? It may be because they are aware of the tough penalties facing non-compliant companies or because they are not 100 percent certain their entire company operations are compliant with federal and state regulations.

If you are having doubts as to whether your company’s top-down operations comply with the law, reach out to an experienced South Carolina compliance lawyer to help you identify non-compliance hotspots.
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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Due Diligence Checklist for M&As - Have You Checked All Boxes?

Due diligence is integral to the success of any M&A transaction. It is performed to validate the valuation of a target company and to reveal risks that may complicate the transaction or the integration of the two companies. If an M&A transaction is carried out without comprehensive due diligence, the buyer will likely overpay, absorb significant risks or have problems integrating the two companies. These could cost the buying company millions of dollars. Always have an experienced South Carolina mergers and acquisitions lawyer perform due diligence on all your company’s M&A transactions.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Preventing Employment Discrimination Claims

Employees can be a company’s most valuable assets, but sometimes, they can be a great liability.  Failing to proactively manage employee issues can cost your company its reputation and its’ operating capital. The best way to proactively address potential employee issues is to talk with an experienced labor and employment lawyer.
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Wednesday, March 29, 2017

What are the elements of a valid business contract in SC?

Contracts are the backbone of our society. They represent promises made and provide recourse to promises broken. People place a lot of value on contracts and rightfully so. However, with the advancement of the Internet and so-called do-it-yourself legal services, any document with the term “Contract” emblazoned on top has taken on some talismanic powers that may be undeserved.

As convenient as these ubiquitous template agreements may be, problems arise when individuals seek to enforce those agreements, only to find that the contracts are not valid.
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