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Know the Legal Issues Related to These Three Employment-Related Documents Whether you’re getting ready to hire your first employee or you’ve had hundreds of people on your payroll for years, it’s essential that your employment documents work for you rather than against you. That means they need to be clearly written, comprehensive, and compliant with all applicable laws and regulations. There...

A STRONG BOARD OF DIRECTORS CAN DRIVE YOUR COMPANY’S GROWTH

These 10 points will help you build a Board that can take your company to the next level. Representative Democracy.  The primary purpose of the Board of Directors is to represent the shareholders, to protect their investments, and to ensure that they receive an adequate return.  Directors are elected by the shareholders to serve terms of one or more...

What you need to know before including stock options in your employee incentive program. A Range of Options. Stock options are just one form of employee incentive, all of which are intended to encourage key employees to make the company successful.  In evaluating the alternatives, there are two important questions:  What will incentivize the employees?  How much ownership should...

Before you sell stock in your company, understand these 10 issues: The Other SEC.  Whatever you call it—stock, units, interests—outside investment in a business is a security.  The sale of any security is regulated by Federal and state law.  This doesn’t mean that you have to “go public” through an IPO just to sell your stock, but it does...

Buy-Sell Agreements go by different names (Shareholders Agreement, Operating Agreement, Partnership Agreement, for example), but they all have a common goal: provide a clear roadmap for the company and owners to deal with changes in ownership, with minimal impact on the operation and value of the business. Bad Buy-Sell Agreements—those that do not minimize the impact of a change...

Selling a business can be lucrative but it’s complicated. Consider these points and contact a business lawyer for help today. 1. What are You Selling? Early in the negotiations, buyer and seller must agree on what is being bought and sold—company stock (or other equity interests) or business assets. Ordinarily, the seller would prefer to sell the company stock,...

Ready to hire? Keep these ten points in mind before you begin the Florida background check process: 1. Brushes with the Law An employer who obtains a satisfactory criminal history check on a job applicant is presumed to not have liability if the person later commits an intentional tort (a civil wrong that causes someone else to suffer loss...

A personal guaranty is a legal promise that, if a business is unable to repay debt, an individual will assume responsibility. Credit issuers use personal guaranties to ensure repayment of the loans they issue to businesses. Some creditors will not even consider giving out a business loan without a personal guaranty. For many small businesses, the creditor is the...

Even small, simple operations have plenty of moving parts. Use these ten key points to keep your company running smoothly, protect your assets, and avoid litigation. The Must-Have.  Don’t go into business with others unless you have an Owners’ Agreement.  You can’t see the future, and you can’t be certain that you and your business partners (or their spouses...

An Owners Agreement is a document between the owners of a company about how to manage the business. Sometimes these documents are called Buy-Sell Agreements or Shareholders Agreements (depending on the structure of the business). No matter the name, the goal is the same: to keep all the owners on the same page about running the company, including deciding...