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Trademark Basics: How to Submit a Trademark
BY Max Freedman

Learn about the subtle differences between trademarks and copyrights.

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Mandatory Sick Leave Laws and How They Work
BY Marisa Sanfilippo

Depending on the state you operate in, you may be required to provide paid sick leave for your employees.

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Overtime Pay Laws, How Overtime Works and How to Calculate Overtime
BY Marisa Sanfilippo

If you aren't paying eligible employees for the overtime hours they work, you may end up facing fines or even legal action.

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7 Provisions Your Sales Representative Agreement Should Have
BY Daliah Saper

If you create a sales representative agreement, make sure these seven elements are included.

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What Is GDPR, and Why Does It Matter for Your Business?
BY Sean Peek

Failure to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation can have serious financial consequences.

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Should an Entrepreneur Act as a Registered Agent?
BY Deborah Sweeney

What is a registered agent, and what do entrepreneurs need to know about acting as the point of contact between the state and their business?

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Avoiding Wrongful Termination Lawsuits, Fines and Damage to Your Business
BY Marisa Sanfilippo

Firing employees for the wrong reason could result in lengthy and costly lawsuits.

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I invested in my friend's company but now I want out and they say I can't get my investment back. Is that true?
QUESTION | BY Tiffany Saleem | 4 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/26/20

Hello, I invested and bought 2 shares in my friend's company and became a partner in a mortgage loan company. I was supposed to get certified as a loan officer and start processing loans but due to...

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How do I legally create an "umbrella" company that has several different types of businesses under it? Do I incorporate, use dba's, etc.?
QUESTION | BY Sherri Jones | 30 ANSWERS | LAST ACTIVITY ON 08/25/20

Instead of creating several LLC's is it possible to have one umbrella company such as "Company ABC" that has "House of Lights", "Marketing For You", and "Life Coach XYZ" under it? This way only one...

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Form 7004: Business Tax Extensions Explained
BY Skye Schooley

Corporations and partnerships can use Form 7004 to get more time to file their business tax returns.

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What Employee Speech Is Protected at Work?
BY Skye Schooley

Educate yourself and your employees on the types of speech that are protected in the workplace.

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1099 vs. W-2: Which Type of Employee Should You Hire?
BY Dock David Treece

There are pros and cons to hiring both W-2 full-time employees and 1099 contractors. It is important to know what those are before you decide which way to go.

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What SMBs Need to Know About Electronic Logging Devices
BY Sean Peek

If you operate a small fleet, you may be required to adhere to new regulations.

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Tips for Dealing With Debt Collectors
BY Dawn Kuczwara

You want to meet your obligations while also protecting your business.

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Do Small Businesses Pay Taxes?
BY Skye Schooley

Learn how small businesses are taxed and what tax breaks small business owners can take advantage of.

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Legal Protections for Transgender, Nonbinary and Gender-Nonconforming Employees: What You Need to Know
BY Skye Schooley

Learn what policies protect transgender, nonbinary and gender-nonconforming employees.

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17 Legal Tools to Make Running Your Small Business Easier
BY Scott Gerber

Here are 17 legal tools that will help you run your business.

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Why You Should Develop a Relationship With a Business Lawyer
BY Doron Hafner

The facets of launching a company can be overwhelming. Getting the help of a business lawyer is crucial to your success.

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Pets Go to Work: How to Create a Pet Policy for Your Office
BY business.com editorial staff

Creating an office pet policy for your business? Here are five crucial points to include.

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How to Start a Telehealth Business
BY John Riddle

The market and demand will only grow, but will the rules prove too difficult to overcome?

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Everything Employers Should Know About Payroll Withholding
BY Simone Johnson

Learn what payroll withholding is and what it means for your small business's payroll process.

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How to File for a Patent
BY business.com editorial staff

It's common for people to be confused about the patent process. We answer your FAQs.

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Transitioning Your Office Online Must Work for All Employees
BY Mark Shapiro

Due to COVID-19, more employees are teleworking, and this can be a benefit for those with disabilities. But telework presents new issues that employers must address to ensure digital accessibility.

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5 Steps to Remove a Shareholder
BY business.com editorial staff

The business.com community regularly asks for advice on removing shareholders from a company. We reached out to expert sources for some insight.

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How to Create a Partnership Agreement
BY Sean Peek

If you are entering a business partnership, it's important to understand the rules of a partnership agreement and how to create one. Here's what you need to know about partnership agreements.

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Will Insurers Cover Business Losses From COVID-19?
BY Dan Rafter

As restrictions start to lift, a big question remains: Will governments and lawsuits force insurance providers to cover businesses' coronavirus-related losses?

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How the FMLA Applies to Your Small Business
BY Skye Schooley

Understand how the Family and Medical Leave Act applies to your business and what you need to do to comply with its regulations.

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Business and Product Names: A Guide to Choosing or Changing Them
BY business.com editorial staff

Your business name is more than just a catchy phrase. Here's how to choose the right one.

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Electronic Signatures and the Law: What You Need to Know
BY business.com editorial staff

What are the laws and best practices surrounding e-signature software?

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How to Change Your Business Structure
BY business.com editorial staff

Is your original business structure no longer a good fit for your company? Change it.