2013 August

Save Tons of $$$ on Overtime Pay, Legally!

08.11.2013
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You have to pay overtime to your employees! I am constantly saying it in Scoop articles, at my seminars, and in conversations with MNLA members. No matter how much salary you pay someone, if their primary job is labor related then you need to pay them overtime.

What if I told you…
What if I told you that instead of paying overtime at time and one half the regular rate, you could pay it at a “half time” rate?

“But that goes against everything you have been saying about overtime!”

I know, I know, but I promise you […]

Federal Workplace Posters

08.11.2013
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You have probably received an email, direct mailing or phone call telling you that “Labor Law posting notices are always changing” or something similar. These solicitations attempt to scare you into purchasing “the complete set” of posters from their company so that you will be in compliance. Should you purchase posters from these companies? That is up to you, but before you do, please read the rest of this short article.

Why so many posters? 
Historically, workers and employees have been taken advantage of by unscrupulous business owners and managers. Sometimes, the legislature’s response to this has […]

What Makes a Good Contract?

08.10.2013
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“Will you look at my contracts and make sure they are good?” This is one of the most common things contractors come into our law offices for. So what does a good contract look like?

Every contract is different and what works for some industries may not work in others. Generally speaking though there are a number of things which should be addressed in every contract. What follows is a list of those topics as well as questions you should ask yourself when writing the contract.

Scope of Work: What will you be doing for the customer? What […]

One Picture = 1,000 Words OR a Lawsuit

08.10.2013
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As the old saying goes, a picture is worth one thousand words. Pictures are great, they show potential customers what we can build for them and give them ideas about what is possible. They are an effective way to communicate an idea without the need for endless words trying to explain something. Pictures can also cause problems.

The internet has made pictures of everything available to anyone with a quick image search. This is great for getting ideas for projects, and quickly accessing images for all kinds of projects. However, keep in mind that simply because an image is available […]