Terminating an Employee Lawfully: Avoiding Potential Pitfalls

By:Allie Beil Most U.S. employees are at-will employees, meaning they can be terminated for almost any reason, or for no reason at all, so long as…


Noncompete Agreement Reform Could Spell Changes for Small Businesses

By Mari Brown Many employers, as a matter of practice, want their employees to sign noncompete agreements (or at the very least, employment…


Hiring for Your Startup? Hourly or Salaried Employees?

How, and how much, employees are paid can make or break your startup. In a previous post, we discussed the differences between interns, volunteers,…


Noncompetes and Startups

Your startup is really starting to take off. Your product is selling well, you’re developing great relationships with suppliers, and your clients…


Mind the Gap: Expansion of California’s Fair Pay Act and Complying with Emerging Wage Laws

Federal, state and local employment laws are regularly evolving. Predictably, it can be difficult for startup companies to keep up with the emerging…


Can you Hire an Unpaid Intern? FLSA’s New Interpretation Gives Startups More Freedom to Do So

For most early-stage startups, the team will always need one more person to help. Hiring interns, therefore, becomes an ideal choice. Interns can…


Employee Arbitration Clauses and Protecting Your Startup in an Uncertain Legal Landscape

Many in the general workforce see working for a startup company or newly founded venture as a “hot” career move, sitting at their desks pondering…


Employer-Employee Relationship Matters in Patent Ownership

When an employee creates an invention and later is issued a patent on that invention, does the employer get any rights to the patent? This might be a…


Donald Trump and Start-Ups

Hillary Clinton received 64 million (and counting) votes in the 2016 Presidential election and one of the driving factors behind that was the…


Buy-Sell Agreements: Why Every Business Needs One

A buy-sell agreement is a necessity for any co-owned startup business. Most entrepreneurs don’t spend a lot of time thinking about their eventual…