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At-Will Employment Guide: The Benefits and Pitfalls of the At-Will Employment System

In an effort to provide employees greater job protection, legislatures and courts across the country have slowly enacted a number of exceptions and restrictions to the traditional at-will employment system used by most employers. The traditional conception of at-will employment …

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Who Can Own and Register a Trademark?

This article represents the second in a series regarding trademarks. To read the first article in this installment, click here. On the surface, the answer to the question “Who can register a trademark?” is a simple one: The person or business …

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Should You Register Your Trademark?

If you’ve spent time and resources developing your brand (or if you plan to in the future), registering your trademark will help you protect those investments. Wondering if a trademark is right for you? Here are five basic pointers to …

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Employee Handbooks: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

Employee handbooks are an excellent way for businesses to communicate their policies and procedures to their employees. If it’s been a while since you updated your handbook, you should consider a revision. If you don’t have a handbook, now is …

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Utah’s Game-changing Non-compete Law

Starting May 10, 2016, Utah non-compete agreements can only restrict employment for one year. Employers frequently use non-compete agreements to limit where and when employees can go to work for a competitor. Previously, those limits ranged from restricting employment with …

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Utah Private Employers Must Use E-Verify

Utah law requires all private employers that employ 15 or more employees to use E-Verify or some other verification system to verify the employment status of new employees. A private employer is “a person who for federal taxation purposes is …

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What are the Pros and Cons of a Sole Proprietorship?

A sole proprietorship is the simplest form of business entity. It requires no formal organization papers or formalities for conducting the business. Essentially, the individual functions as a business and is liable for all of the debts and liabilities incurred. A sole …

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What Is a Partnership and When Is It a Good Idea?

A partnership is simply a joint venture of two or more individuals conducting a business together for profit. Like the sole proprietorship, the partners are liable for the debts and liabilities of the business individually. Again, no formal organization is …

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Limited Partnership: A Guide

A limited partnership (LTD) is a hybrid of a corporation and a partnership. The general partners manage the business on a day-to-day basis and are personally liable for the debts and liabilities of the partnership. However, the limited partners do not participate …

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