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OSHA Update: Record keeping and required postings

Updates on OSHA’s requirements for posting OSHA’s Form 300A (which summarizes job-related injuries and illnesses logged during 2018) and on record keeping requirements. READ MORE

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Ohio’s Habitual Offenders Program can have devastating effects for businesses that fail to comply with sales tax filing and payment requirements

In Ohio, a consistent failure to comply with sales tax filing and payment requirements may result in a business’ tax account being placed in the Habitual Offenders Program (HOP), a statutory mandated tax delinquency program that can have devastating effects on any business. READ MORE

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Recommendations for proper back charges on commercial construction projects

Back charges are commonplace on commercial construction projects. Whether you are a general contractor or subcontractor assessing back charges against a lower tier contractor or a lower tier subcontractor arguing against back charges that have been assessed against you, these four tips will provide insight into best practices for proper back charges to help you in your business.  READ MORE

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5 data privacy and cybersecurity tips for construction firms

No industry is immune from data privacy and cybersecurity threats, and that includes the construction industry. Here are five data privacy and cybersecurity tips construction firms should consider putting to use to protect themselves against these looming threats. READ MORE

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Sole discretion and your franchise agreement

Many, if not all, franchise agreements have provisions giving the franchisor sole and absolute discretion to take or approve some action. On its face, an agreement in which the parties agree in advance to give sole discretion in decision making would appear to be virtually bullet proof from attack. However, there are exceptions. READ MORE

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Small Business Reorganization Act provides a new tool to restructure small franchisees

In an effort to make Chapter 11 relevant again, the president recently signed into law the Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019, which adds a new subchapter to Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code intended to streamline the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process for companies that might not otherwise be able to afford the Chapter 11. READ MORE

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DOL’s new FLSA salary level rule effective January 1, 2020

On Sept. 24, 2019, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued the final rule on the new salary threshold for white-collar exempt status employees under the Fair Labor Standard Act. The new rule changes the current salary level for exempt employees from $23,660 per year to $35,308 annually. The new rule will be effective Jan. 1, 2020. Read more…

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Are social media influencers a valuable opportunity or potential liability to your franchise?

Using a social media influencer marketing campaign may seem like an organic or seamless way to promote a business. However, using influencer marketing may have legal implications for franchisors and franchisees subject to business opportunity laws and other federal regulations. READ MORE

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New DOJ Antitrust Division Policy Incentivizes Robust Corporate Antitrust Compliance Programs

Last month the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division announced a landmark new policy to incentivize companies to develop robust antitrust compliance programs. For the first time, the Antitrust Division will now consider a company’s antitrust compliance program as a factor in evaluating whether or not to bring criminal charges against the company and its officers.

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12 back-to-school cybersecurity tips for parents

Back-to-school season is in full swing, and with technology and education so intertwined these days it’s more likely your student will be logging on to a laptop or tablet then cracking open a textbook. Whether your little one just started kindergarten or is finishing up at college, data privacy and cybersecurity preparedness should be top of mind for all parents throughout the school year.  McDonald Hopkins’ national Data Privacy and Cybersecurity team has prepared 12 tips for parents on how to keep your children safe and your information protected.

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