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Creating Sound Business Processes Can Limit Your Business Liabilities

Creating Sound Business Processes Can Limit Your Business Liabilities

Whether you run a simple sole proprietorship, a closely held corporation or LLC, or operate a public company, creating and maintaining good business processes can help limit your business liabilities both internally and externally. Your business will operate most efficiently, profitably, and with less risk…

What Can A Confidentiality Agreement or NDA Do For My Business?

What Can A Confidentiality Agreement or NDA Do For My Business?

Confidentiality Agreements, sometimes also referred to as Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), can be used by your business under a variety of circumstances to help protect its intellectual property, data, customer lists, proprietary business information, and other trade secrets from adverse uses by others. Often, a Confidentiality…

Protecting Your Business from Consumer Protection Litigation in Oregon

Protecting Your Business from Consumer Protection Litigation in Oregon

If your business engages in the sale of “real estate, goods, or services” or collection matters with Oregon consumers, your business is subject to statutory consumer protection contained in Oregon’s Unlawful Trade Practices Act (UTPA), ORS 646.605, et. al.  The UTPA contains broad enforcement authority…

Employees and Independent Contractors: A Case of Apples and Oranges?

Employees and Independent Contractors: A Case of Apples and Oranges?

Whether you are an employer looking to hire someone to assist your business or a person looking for work, the classification of a person as an “employee” or an “independent contractor” is extremely important for practical, cost, and liability reasons.  In addition, legal protections legally…

Termination Issues to be Aware of For Employers and Employees

Termination Issues to be Aware of For Employers and Employees

In our current environment of low unemployment, you hopefully will not hear the words: “You Are Fired!” if you are an employee other than when watching an old episode of “Celebrity Apprentice”.  But, with new competition in hiring, American employers do and will terminate current…