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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.

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Mandatory Sick Leave Laws and How They Work
By Marisa Sanfilippo | September 09, 2020

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

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7 Provisions Your Sales Representative Agreement Should Have
By Daliah Saper | September 03, 2020

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 | September 03, 2020

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 | September 01, 2020

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 | September 01, 2020

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

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Form 7004: Business Tax Extensions Explained
By Skye Schooley | August 25, 2020

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 | August 11, 2020

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 | August 07, 2020

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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Tips for Dealing With Debt Collectors
By Dawn Kuczwara | July 21, 2020

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

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Do Small Businesses Pay Taxes?
By Skye Schooley | July 20, 2020

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 | July 15, 2020

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 | July 10, 2020

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 | July 10, 2020

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 | July 09, 2020

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 | July 09, 2020

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 | July 07, 2020

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 | July 02, 2020

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 | July 02, 2020

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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How to Create a Partnership Agreement
By Sean Peek | June 29, 2020

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 | June 24, 2020

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 | June 22, 2020

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 | June 16, 2020

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