Patrick McGuiness

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 […]

5 Biggest Employee Handbook Mistakes

08.10.2013
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Employee handbooks are a great way of explaining company policies and procedures. They can provide employees with an overview of the company, the working practices & environment. A good handbook can also provide a business with a layer of legal protection by setting clear standards and expectations which employees must comply with. In short, a good handbook is essential to running a good business.

On the other hand, a poorly done employee handbook can cause a lot of harm. Business managers and owners tend to want very rigid policies in place that address almost every fathomable situation. Having policies in […]

The Fluctuating Work Week Pay Method

08.10.2013
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There is no question that overtime pay is expensive, around the country, companies have been caught by the Department of Labor using questionable worker classification methods and tried all sorts of things to avoid paying workers overtime. If you have read past columns I have written, you know that most laborers classified as ‘subcontractors’ are improperly classified. You should also know that you cannot put a foreman on salary to avoid the costs of overtime pay. How are companies supposed to be competitive and save money on overtime costs then?

While it is not legally compliant to put a foreman […]