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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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18 Factors to Consider When Deciding Whether to Get Business Insurance
By Scott Gerber | December 30, 2020

Entrepreneurs should think through these factors first before choosing insurance.

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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.

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What Health Insurance Benefits Are You Legally Required to Offer?
By Joshua Stowers | October 22, 2020

Is your small business legally required to provide health insurance benefits? Here's what you need to know about offering health benefits to your employees.

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What Small Businesses Need to Know About IRS Form 1099
By Dock David Treece | October 21, 2020

If your business pays independent contractors or vendors for freelance work, rent, or other items, you'll need to fill out IRS Form 1099.

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When Your Business Can No Longer Pay Rent Due to COVID-19
By Austin Andrukaitis | October 09, 2020

If your business can no longer pay rent, here are five options available as a lifeline.

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Your Guide to Small Business Tax Forms
By Andrew Martins | October 09, 2020

What tax forms are you required to submit for your small business? When are they due to the IRS? Here's what you need to know.

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How to Fire an Employee the Right Way
By Skye Schooley | October 05, 2020

Follow these 10 steps to fire an employee legally.

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COVID-19, Lawsuits, a Presidential Election and New Laws: Are Big Changes Coming to Business Liability Insurance?
By Dan Rafter | September 23, 2020

What will 2021 bring when it comes to business liability insurance?

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Trademark Basics: How to Submit a Trademark
By Max Freedman | September 09, 2020

Learn about the subtle differences between trademarks and copyrights.