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Does a DBA Protect Me from Personal Liability?

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com A client of mine owned a company that was involved in a lawsuit, and he was not worried about personal liability because the company was a DBA (“doing business as”). He, personally, had applied for and obtained …

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Initial Response to Employee Discrimination Charges

Charges of discrimination are daunting for small businesses. This article will help you and your small business better understand employee discrimination charges and some good, initial steps you can take in response. What is a Charge of Discrimination? Before employees …

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Are Non-Competition Agreements Against Independent Contractors Enforceable in Utah?

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com Usually, a non-competition agreement is an agreement between an employer and an employee where the employee agrees to not compete with the employer’s business. These agreements are also known as non-competes, post-employment restrictive covenants, or covenants not to compete. …

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Can Employees Refuse to Return to Work because of COVID-19?

Utah is easing some of its COVID-19 restrictions. With the move from “high risk” to “moderate risk” under the Utah Leads Together Plan, some businesses are reopening. While some employees are anxious to return to work, others are not. This …

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How to Pierce Through the Corporate Veil to Hold Individuals Personally Liable

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com It might be argued that the American Dream—the opportunity and right to pursue prosperity and financial success—is based upon the corporate structure. To avoid much of the personal liability associated with running a business, an individual can form …

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Five Ways to Protect Yourself from and Recover Unpaid Accounts

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com If you are a business owner, you have agreed to accept and deal with various risks most nine-to-five employees avoid. By showing up for work for specific hours, employees are generally guaranteed to be paid. Business owners, …

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Eroding Section 230 Immunity for Platforms

Bobby Chesney and Danielle Citron in an as yet unpublished article titled, “Deep Fakes: A Looming Challenge for Privacy, Democracy, and National Security” argue convincingly that liability for “deep fakes” should fall to content platforms (i.e., Web sites that present …

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What You Can Do Now to Prevent Expensive Legal Battles Down the Road

Time is money, especially when it comes to the law. A primary reason is that in the majority of cases, attorneys are paid hourly. And additional legal experience an attorney brings to table is typically reflected in the rate. Combine …

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Protect Your Small Business from Employee Embezzlement

As a small business owner, you’re required to wear a variety of hats. Hiring employees can be a smart way to avoid burnout and improve productivity when the tasks of operation become too much. There is a dark side to …

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