Prevent Wrongful Termination Claims With Progressive Discipline Terminating an employee may be necessary, but if your company does not have policies and procedures in place describing the methods you took to end an employment relationship, it could open you up to wrongful termination litigation.  At Santomassimo Davis LLP, we help clients develop progressive discipline policies…

What Federal Laws Protect Workers’ Rights? Both employers and employees in New Jersey are protected by laws that require certain standards in the workplace. These also apply to applicants of jobs. Employees are entitled to: Privacy The right to be safe from harassment and discrimination                     …

How Much Control Could An Investor Have Over Your Company Many businesses are formed through an idea shared between friends or associates who agree on a common ground for innovation. However, after launching your concept and dedicating a percentage to investors, problems may arise. So, how much control could an investor have over your company?…

When Do Unfavorable Business Practices Become Illegal Successful business management requires a keen eye for detail, a focus on innovation and a drive to succeed, but it’s also imperative to keep unfavorable business practices in mind. You likely understand the necessity of providing a safe, secure environment for employees. Yet, you should familiarize yourself with some…

Why The USPTO Might Deny An Application For A Trademark Trademarks protect some of your business’s most valuable assets, yet the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) can deny an application for many reasons. In addition to basic information such as your name, contact information and filing fee, your application must include: A summary…

USDOJ allows parents to use FMLA for special education meetings   The USDOJ issued an Opinion on August 8, 2019 in which it concluded that the educational and special medical needs of a child, who have serious health conditions as certified by a health care provider, are a qualifying reason to take intermittent FMLA leave….

Ways To Protect Your Business From Employee Theft & Fraud  New Jersey businesses are vulnerable when critical, confidential information is given out to employees and misused. Whether an employee is fired, quits or still works for the company, employer protocols are vital to protecting the company from fraud and theft by the employee. According to…

Music Industry Challenges For Artists’ Ownership People in New Jersey who create artistic works understandably want to be able to protect their work. Copyrights are one form of intellectual property that may be used by artists, writers, musicians and others. However, owning the lyrics to a song, for example, does not mean that an artist will…

What Are Deceptive Trade Practices? You likely understand that competition within your company’s service space can be strong (even to the point of being considered “harsh” or “cutthroat”). Yet while that may be expected to a certain degree, there is a limit to the extent that a competitor can attempt to negatively influence your business….

Insurance Company And Alleged Breach Of Contract   People in New Jersey know that medical billing and insurance can be very complex. Every health insurance company makes agreements with select health care facilities and providers regarding what services they will provide coverage for and how much money they will pay on behalf of the patient…

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