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Arlington Heights business law attorneyOver the last several years, a number of retailers have announced and begun executing plans to close a substantial number of stores. Some have been struggling for quite some time, such as JC Penney, Sears,  and Toys R Us, while others—including Macy’s—have surprised many consumers with their plans to shutter dozens of locations.

Unfortunately, many of these retailers are “anchor stores” in shopping malls across the country. As anchor stores, they once served as the most stable tenants of a shopping center, with a customer base that drove the bulk of the mall’s traffic. The struggles of such stores have translated into big problems for the shopping centers themselves, and while e-commerce is part of the issue, it is not the only reason that malls are hurting nationwide.

Reason #1: Online Shopping Is Here to Stay

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Arlington Heights business law attorneyIf you are a small business owner, you know that legal documents such as contracts, non-compete agreements, non-disclosure agreements, and employee handbooks and policies can carry a tremendous amount of power. It is vitally important that business owners carefully review documents such as these to make sure they are factually accurate, free of errors, written clearly, and legally enforceable. Sometimes, a small error or oversight can cause a contract or other legally-binding documents to become ineffective and unenforceable.

Punctuation Discrepancy in Maine labor Law Results in Millions

Delivery truck drivers from a Portland dairy company will soon be much wealthier thanks to a lawsuit they filed to recover back wages for overtime. The lawsuit began in 2014 when employees of Oakhurst Dairy demanded that their employer pay them for overtime they had worked. Generally, any hours above 40 worked during a given week are compensated with time-and-a-half pay. Oakhurst Dairy did not pay the delivery workers extra pay for any hours worked beyond 40 per week because the Dairy insisted that law did not require it.

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Arlington Heights business law attorneysYou have probably heard the term “non-disclosure agreement” more often than normal in the last few months. Recently, President Trump has been accused of having a relationship with an adult film star and using a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) to prevent her from discussing it with the press. There has always been a bit of confusion in the general population about exactly what the purpose of an NDA is and when to use this legal device. Non-disclosure agreements, also known as also known as confidentiality agreements, confidential disclosure agreements, proprietary information agreements, or secrecy agreements, can be a valuable tool for business owners.

An Unfair Reputation for a Valuable Legal Tool

An NDA is a legal contract that can exist between two or more parties that guides how confidential information should be kept private. For example, if two parties wish to discuss sensitive material without the threat of that information leaking to a third party, they can use an NDA to establish confidentiality rules. Doctor-patient confidentiality, attorney-client privilege, and bank–client confidentiality are forms of non-disclosure agreements. While often receiving bad press, an NDA by no means indicates that any illegal or unethical behavior is being protected.

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Arlington Heights business law attorneyThe days are finally starting to get a little warmer in chilly Chicago which can only mean one thing: summer is approaching. For many school-age children, this means a long break from homework and early bedtimes. For some high school and college students, the end of the school year signals the beginning of their summer job search. While summer jobs are less popular than they were 30 years ago, many teenagers will be looking for temporary or seasonal jobs this summer. Studies show that about 35 percent of those aged 16 to 19 will be searching for seasonal work during this year’s break from school. For small business owners, this is a great way to hire extra help while also investing in a young person’s future.

Start Looking for Candidates Now

Although the end of the school year is still a few weeks away for most students, the time for business owners to start recruiting summer help is now. It can be tricky to find the right employee for your business. You need to find someone who is able to learn the job quickly, is reliable and dependable, and is willing to be hired on only a temporary basis. These constraints significantly narrow the pool of possible candidates. Expect the hiring  process to take several weeks at least.

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Arlington Heights business law attorneysWhen you own a business with one or two employees, you probably know your employees well and trust them to generally do what is best for your business. As your business grows and more employees are needed, it becomes increasingly important for you to develop a list of rules, regulations, and policies for your workers. Not only should your employees know your expectations regarding performance and behavior but creating a codified list can help protect you from certain liabilities. One of the most common ways to publish such rules and policies is in an employee handbook.

In developing an employee handbook, experts recommend that you:

Be reasonable with your rules.

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