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Business Law for the Small Business Owner - Learn how to successfully protect your small business and solve most of the legal problems that may arise. In this six-week online course, you'll see how to avoid the costly legal problems that many small business owners make when setting up and operating their businesses. You'll learn how to deal with issues such as contracts, employee relations, customer relations, and choosing the right business model. Learn more or buy this course.

 

Respecting Applicants' Privacy Rights

Your attempt to assess an applicant by gathering information about the past can conflict with his or her right to privacy—and sometimes violate federal and state laws.

 

Legal Guide for Starting and Running a Small Business
This course will walk a potential business owner through the legal issues concerning starting a business. It will include information concerning sole proprietorships, partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies. Information will be provided on naming the business, creating an ownership agreement, and required licenses and permits. Also included are tax information, borrowing money, hiring and firing, and the pros and cons of franchises. This course will help anyone start a legitimate business, giving them the proper insight into pitfalls and successes.

Record Management & Retention Policy Use
A company's corporate records are one of its most important and valuable assets. Almost every employee is responsible for creating or maintaining corporate records of some kind, whether in the form of paper, computer data, microfilm, electronic mail or voice-mail. Letters, memoranda and contracts are obviously corporate records, as are things such as a desk calendar, an appointment book or an expense record.

Business Law for the Small Business Owner - Learn how to successfully protect your small business and solve most of the legal problems that may arise. In this six-week online course, you'll see how to avoid the costly legal problems that many small business owners make when setting up and operating their businesses. You'll learn how to deal with issues such as contracts, employee relations, customer relations, and choosing the right business model. More...

Online Employment Law Course - Learn the basics of employment law so you can legally hire, evaluate and manage employees as a manager, supervisor, small business owner, human resource specialist, or corporate executive. Learn the difference between an employee and independent contractor; the basic types of employee benefits; effective hiring, evaluation, and termination procedures; methods to resolve employment disputes in and out of court; discrimination and union laws; and workplace safety rules.

 

What Makes a Valid Contract

A valid contract requires two and sometimes three elements.

 

Checklist of Business Contract Clauses

Whatever your business, you’ll need to write contracts from time to time.

 

Getting Trademarks and Service Marks

A trademark or service mark consists of two parts.

 

Protecting Your Trademark

What do the words aspirin, escalator, cellophane and shredded wheat have in common? They are all former trademarks that have entered our language as product names.

 

Insuring a Home-Based Business

The same general principles of insuring a small business apply to home-based businesses, but there are also some special considerations you should be aware of.

 

Getting Liability Insurance

The second major category of insurance coverage for a small business is liability insurance. Your business can be legally liable to people injured and for property damaged because you or your employees didn’t use reasonable care.

 

Getting Property Insurance

In considering property coverage, there are four main issues to think about.

 

Leases and Rental Agreements: An Overview

A lease is a contract between you and the landlord. A lease can be for a short term (as little as one month) or long term, and it can be written or oral—although a lease for more than a year must be in writing to be legally enforceable.

 

How to Find the Right Lawyer

Locating a good lawyer for your small business may not be as easy as you think. The fact is that most lawyers lack in-depth experience in working for small businesses.

 

Lawyers' Fees and Bills

When you hire a lawyer, have a clear understanding about how fees will be computed.

 

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