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Recovery for Overpayment of Wages in Utah

Nathan D. Anderson 801.365.1024 nathan@snjlegal.com I love the board game “Monopoly.” One of the game’s “Community Chest” cards reads, “Bank error in your favor, collect $200.” Its wonderful when errors go your way; especially when you get …

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Are Non-Competition Agreements in Idaho Enforceable?

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com In Idaho, a non-competition agreement is an agreement between an employer and an employee that prohibits the employee, after the employment relationship ends, from engaging in employment or a line of business that directly …

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Firing Employees in Utah who Refuse to Engage in Illegal Conduct

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com An employer asks an employee to do something illegal or improper as part of that employee’s work duties. The employee refuses. Shortly thereafter, the employer fires the employee. What next? Is there …

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Paying and Withholding Wages During Employment or Upon Termination and Other Issues Answered by the Utah Payment of Wages Act

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com Wage claims and disputes between Utah employees and employers are fairly common, unfortunately. The Utah Payment of Wages Act contains many of the statutes and guidelines that any employee or employer should understand when …

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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, …

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7 Tips for Utah Employers on Firing Employees

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com Owning a business is a rewarding and challenging experience. Perhaps one of the most challenging responsibilities for business owners is hiring quality employees and—when necessary—knowing when and how to fire employees. This …

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Loyalty to One’s Employer in Utah: Is a Non-Competition Agreement Necessary to Prevent an Employee from Competing with an Employer?

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com Under Utah law, must an employee be loyal to his employer? How loyal? In what way? When does this duty apply? This article briefly discusses some basic duties that form the relationship …

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Although Unfair, Utah Employers Can Often Terminate At-Will Employees to Avoid Paying Commissions

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com There are a variety of laws that protect employees, such as minimum wage and overtime laws, but many Utah and federal laws seem to favor employers over their employees. The Utah Supreme Court …

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Are Non-Competition Agreements in Utah Enforceable?

Joseph G. Ballstaedt801.365.1021joe@snjlegal.com Generally speaking, 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. They usually prohibit the employee from selling …

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