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Understanding Your Employee Handbook
Find out what’s in your employee handbook and how it can help you. ... READ MORE

Employees Employment Contracts and Policies FAQs
Are covenants not to compete always enforceable? Are severance packages taxable? Can my employer prohibit body piercing in the workplace? If an employee files a claim against an employer, is there any protection from retaliation by the employer? My company was sold. Is my non-compete agreement no longer ... READ MORE

Employer At Will Employment FAQ
Does an employerneed to tellemployees why they're being fired? Doesan employee have the right to representation by a lawyer during an investigatory interview? Is an employee handbook an "employment contract?" What can an employer do about challenging unemployment benefits? What does "at will" employment ... READ MORE

Late Night Drama: Conan O'Brien's Severance
You're probably aware of the Conan O'Brien and NBC saga. The Late Night with Conan O'Brien was replaced by former "Tonight Show" host Jay Leno, whose 10 p.m. show was canceled due to bad ratings. O'Brien rejected a plan by NBC to move the "Tonight Show" to 12:05 a.m. to make room for an 11:35 show hosted ... READ MORE

Your Rights When Faced with a Severance Agreement
When employers reduce their workforce, whether it's by one employee or through a mass layoff, they may offer terminated employees a severance package. Severance packages typically provide you with a lump sum of money, continuation of your health insurance, and other employment benefits. Since an employer ... READ MORE

Covenants Not to Compete: Employer Strategies
Covenants not to compete (or non-competition, non-compete, or no-compete agreements) can be valuable tools for employers who want to keep you, as a former employee, from working with its competition or using its trade secrets. Sometimes, however, a non-compete agreement won't be enforced by a court. ... READ MORE

Discipline Warnings in Employment Contracts
There is always a contract between an employee and employer, even when an employee doesn't have anything in writing. The agreement of the employee to work for his or her employer and the employer's agreement to pay the employee for that work forms a contract. Generally, you and your employer can agree ... READ MORE

Employee Dispute Arbitration Clauses May Not Be Fair
An arbitrator is a privately hired judge. If you sign an arbitration agreement with your employer, including an employment agreement with an arbitration clause, you are agreeing to allow an arbitrator to resolve any disputes that arise between you and your employer. By doing so, you may have signed away ... READ MORE

Independent Contractors and Your Small Business
As the employer, it is very important that you correctly determine whether the individuals providing services to you are employees or independent contractors. Generally, you must withhold income taxes, withhold and pay Social Security and Medicare taxes, and pay unemployment tax on wages paid to an employee. ... READ MORE

Independent Contracting
Does being your own boss appeal to you? Independent contracting may be an attractive alternative to the regular workplace grind. You're an independent contractor if you work for yourself, rather than as an employee of a business. Pros You set your own hours, and decide where and how you want to work. ... READ MORE


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Disproving “Cause” in Equity and Executive Employment Agreements

On March 6, 2017, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court decided Balles v. Babcock Power Inc., a case involving the meaning and application of “for cause” termination language in stockho ... Read more

Vagueness Creates Conflicting Expectations for IT Service Provision

Small businesspeople who provide custom IT or other services regularly encounter situations in which their expectations do not match those of the customer. This is surprisingly common in industries su ... Read more

Non-Disclosure Agreements for Startups

Protecting intellectual property is important for a startup business, but private business information should also remain within the business. Non-disclosure agreements are one way a new startup can p ... Read more

Equity Shares as Bonus or Compensation for Private Startup Companies

A new trend in the gig economy is to offer unusual forms of compensation for work. Private companies, as well as publically traded companies, can offer equity shares as part of a compensation package ... Read more


In 2015, about 1 in every 3 complaints filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) was related to workplace harassment. That is according to a recent report released by EEOC off ... Read more

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