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Can Unionization Be Avoided?

Business owners often have strong feelings about unions. Sooner or later, many of them will have to confront the possibility of their workforce unionizing. When faced with a union organizing drive, some simply accept it and hope that they will be able to continue running a successful business. Others feel that having a unionized workforce could hurt them.

Businesses that want to avoid unionization have a challenge in front of them. However, unionization may be prevented or at least forestalled if the proper steps are taken.

Creating A New Business Checklist

For all the excitement that comes with opening a new business, the process can also be extremely stressful. There is much to do, so much that it can be difficult to keep track of and prioritize all the steps you will need to take to ensure your business gets started right.

To make matters more complex, the steps that need to be taken may vary depending on the industry and your goals for the business. Launching a new restaurant is quite a bit different than getting a new manufacturing facility off the ground. For that reason, there is no one-size-fits-all to-do list for starting a business.

Are Your Employees Happy?

The greatest business plan in the world is worthless without positive employees who are willing to put in the work necessary to move the business forward.

All too often, businesses built on sound ideas crumble because of a failure to create a positive relationship with employees. Instead, they fall prey to unmotivated employees, workplace unrest or lawsuits from employees who claim they were mistreated. 

Should Businesses Open The Door For DOL Investigators?

When an auditor from the Department of Labor (DOL) shows up to investigate an alleged violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), business owners often do not know what to do. Remember this: You are not required to let a DOL investigator in.

Is An LLC The Best Business Entity?

The limited liability company (LLC) is one of the most popular business entities among emerging businesses. It blends characteristics of a partnership and corporation, without all of the formalities that come with forming a corporation. It makes a lot of sense for many new businesses. However, just because the LLC is popular does not always mean it is the best choice for a business startup.

What You Need To Know About Starting A Business In 2017

Have you decided that 2017 is the year that you are going to launch your business? Whether this is something that you have been dreaming of your whole life or you have only recently developed a passion for it, you need to make sure that your excitement to move forward does not cause you to overlook any of the things that need to be done to make a business a long-term success.

Top 5 Ways Employers Violate The FLSA

Violations of Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) by Texas employers are common. However, these are rarely intentional violations. Employers do not often knowingly break the law. They break the law because they are unaware of what they are required to do. Their biggest mistake is simply not taking the time to examine their policies and procedures to make sure they are aligned with the current law.

Employers: Here are five of the most common ways that you may be violating the FLSA:

What does the new overtime law mean for you?

New laws can mean new changes. You may need make changes to your business with the new overtime law taking effect in early December. As an employer, it is your job to ensure fair labor conditions and pay. With new rules concerning overtime, you will make to make sure that you are prepared for any changes and address legal concerns before they arise.