Patrick McGuiness

The Northern Green Expo Is Here!

01.13.2015
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We’ll be there all week.

It’s that time of year again—time for green industry professionals from across the region to gather at the Northern Green Expo to catch up on industry news, reconnect with old friends, and watch some great presentations on how to build a thriving business. Bryan and I will be at the show all week, giving presentations, manning our booth, and joining in all the festivities. We hope to meet you all there!

Automatic Meal Break Deductions

01.8.2015
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The Legal (and Illegal) Ways to Deduct Meal Breaks Automatically

Requiring employees to clock in and out for every unpaid meal break is the safest way to ensure your company doesn’t inadvertently violate labor law by under paying workers.  But when you’ve got a crew out in the field, tracking breaks can become a logistical tangle.  Many employers cut back on the paperwork by automatically deducting a 30-minute meal break for any employee who works a full shift.  If you use automatic break deductions, however, it’s important that you follow the law precisely.  Otherwise […]

Choosing the Best Employment Agreements

11.20.2014
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When a Non-Solicitation Agreement is Better than a Non-Compete Agreement

Nothing is more frustrating than watching workers you’ve trained and fostered walk away from your company to join the competition, taking customers and expertise with them.  More and more businesses are looking to non-compete and non-solicitation agreements to prevent this problem. So what kind of agreement is right for your company? It depends on what you’re looking to protect.

Non-compete agreements are designed to prevent workers who leave your company from going into direct competition, by restricting the jobs that workers […]

What Not to Ask

11.18.2014
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7 Seemingly Harmless Topics to Avoid in Job Interviews

It can be tempting to start off every job interview with a little chit-chat, asking candidates about their family and private life.  But you should be cautious before asking personal questions—what would be harmless small talk in any other context can easily raise the specter of discrimination during a hiring process.

To help you figure out how to avoid legal headaches, I have put together this list of common questions that might be welcome at a cocktail party but should not be asked about in an interview […]

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