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Overtime Pay Laws, How Overtime Works, and How to Calculate Overtime
By Marisa Sanfilippo | March 08, 2021

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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How to Handle Non-Paying Clients
By Sammi Caramela | February 25, 2021

Contracts, lawyers and collections agencies are a few places to turn when you have clients who won't pay their invoices. Even better is to prevent the problem in the first place.

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From Collections to Repossession: A Timeline of Debt
By Kiely Kuligowski | February 23, 2021

Debt collection occurs in phases, and although it can seem overwhelming, there are options for relief.

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How Buy-Sell Agreements Work
By Max Freedman | February 11, 2021

A buy-sell agreement describes how a partner's shares are redistributed if they leave the company. It is an important contract that every business partnership should maintain.

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How to Ensure COBRA Compliance for Your Small Business
By Joel Kranc | February 08, 2021

Depending on the size of your business, you may be required to offer healthcare options to employees after they leave your company.

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How Much Life Insurance Do You Need as a Small Business Owner?
By Martin Ochwat | February 04, 2021

Here are the main reasons to get life insurance as a business owner and how to determine the appropriate coverage amount.

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Self-Employed Guide to Tax Benefits and Deductions
By Andrew Martins | February 02, 2021

Taxes can be difficult to navigate, but it's well worth the effort. To help you maximize the deductions and benefits you're entitled to, we've put together this list of self-employed tax deductions.

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Employer's Guide to Disability Leave
By Kiely Kuligowski | January 28, 2021

Here is everything you need to know about offering disability leave as an employer.

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The Post-PPP Tax Realities You Should Know
By Andrew Martins | January 26, 2021

If your business received money through the Paycheck Protection Program, your tax situation for 2020 will be different from previous years.

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The Essential Small Business Guide to Data Privacy
By Hannah Genton | January 25, 2021

The legal intricacies of data privacy for small businesses in the United States can be difficult to navigate. Here's what small business owners need to know.

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What Employers Need to Know About Ban the Box
By Alison Grillo | January 25, 2021

It is important to examine your company's policies for seeking information on criminal history of job candidates. Many states and cities have legislation on when this information can be requested.

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Text Message Laws Every Business Needs to Follow
By Jordan Beier | January 19, 2021

There are a number of text message marketing laws that your business should be following when trying to reach its target audience.

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The Legalities and Benefits of Employee Cellphone Monitoring
By Skye Schooley | January 13, 2021

Learn the benefits and laws associated with monitoring company-owned employee cellphones.

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Business Insurance 101 for 2021: Here's What You Need to Know
By Jay Bregman | December 30, 2020

In normal times, making the right choices about business insurance for a new venture can be overwhelming. In a pandemic, the stakes are even higher. So where do you start?

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Do You Understand the Fine Print of Your Loan Agreement?
By Siri Hedreen | December 28, 2020

Wait! Before you sign a loan agreement, you need to read the fine print and make sure you understand what you're agreeing to. Here's what to look out for.

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How Do HIPAA Laws Impact Employers (and HIPAA Compliance Checklist)?
By Adam Uzialko | December 18, 2020

When does HIPAA apply to employers, and how should they ensure compliance? This guide answers common employer questions about HIPAA obligations.

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How the EEOC Impacts Small Businesses
By Skye Schooley | December 15, 2020

Learn what the EEOC protects so your small business can maintain compliance.

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The Quick and Easy Guide to Workplace Monitoring
By Trey Tepichin | December 11, 2020

Here are the dos and don'ts of workplace monitoring and employee privacy rights.

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Legal Entity Compliance During COVID-19: Year-End Considerations for Business Owners
By James Gilmer | December 03, 2020

As the pandemic pushes business operations online and across state lines, business owners and management must comply with state requirements for legal entities.

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Business Owner's Guide to FICA Tax
By Adam Uzialko | November 26, 2020

The FICA tax is a federal tax that both employers and employees pay to support Medicare and Social Security. Here's how it works and what you need to know as an employer.

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What Are Liability Waivers, and How Do They Work?
By Skye Schooley | November 24, 2020

Liability waivers can protect your business when used properly. Learn about general and COVID-19 liability waivers to see if your business needs one.

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The 5 Most Popular Types of 501(c)
By Deborah Sweeney | November 17, 2020

If you're considering starting a 501(c) organization, you should know the different options and the criteria for each.

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What Is a Shareholder Agreement?
By Sammi Caramela | November 11, 2020

With a shareholders' agreement, your corporation can avoid legal issues and challenges.

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Closing Because of the Pandemic? Beware of Potential Tax Hits
By Donna Fuscaldo | November 10, 2020

Thousands of small businesses have shut down because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Adding insult to injury, many are facing tax hits as they wind down.

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Employee Rights You're Violating Right Now
By Kiely Kuligowski | November 09, 2020

Are you violating your employees' rights? Find out which violations are the most common and what you need to know to avoid making them.

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Why Your Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA) Should Have Mutual Protections
By Patrick Proctor | November 03, 2020

Mutual nondisclosure agreements can provide legal protection for your business as well as the other parties when you work with other businesses and contractors.