Fremont business law attorneyConfidentiality agreements can protect a company’s secrets, ensure an employee knows what is expected of them, and they can mitigate against problematic employees, right from the date of hire – but are they ever a violation of the federal labor law? If so, when, why, and how? Learn the answers to these questions, and discover how an experienced business law attorney can protect your company’s interest with help from the following information.

Confidentiality Agreements Must Meet Certain Criteria

Although employers are within their rights to request a confidentiality agreement from their employees, there are certain requirements to which they must adhere. For example, a confidentiality agreement cannot be so restrictive that it violates an employee’s rights – and that includes their rights to whistleblower protections.

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California small business lawyerWhen small businesses start up or begin to grow, they may have limited funds to hire outside help. Some may find relief through a telecommuting employee – or someone that works remotely. However, this option is not right for every business or every business owner. Learn more about hiring employees for telecommuting positions, including how to discover if it may be the appropriate choice for your small business.

The Challenges of Hiring New Employees

Small businesses that need to hire outside help may find that wages, along with the additional costs that are typically associated with hiring physical employees, are too much of a burden to bear. Hiring physical employees can also mean moving to a physical location for those that have previously worked from home. Add in the stressors of ensuring that a business is adequately protected from discrimination issues, harassment issues, and other legal matters, and the hiring of a physical employee may be downright impossible for some business owners.

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California business transaction lawyerBusiness mergers, when done right, can be mutually beneficial for all involved parties. However, there are some serious challenges that companies must overcome when dealing with mergers and acquisitions. If not planned for and mitigated against, these obstacles can lead to financial loss, a lack of shareholder returns, and possibly even complete financial devastation. Whether you are interested in purchasing an existing business or believe your business may fare better with a larger brand name behind it, the following information can help.

The Importance of a Unified Vision

When examining a possible merger, companies may find that certain elements are difficult (if not impossible) to measure. However, even when measurements are possible, and data and projections look great on paper, they may not translate into real or actual success. Failure to ensure both companies share a unified vision is often the cause of disastrous outcomes.

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California business law attorneyEmployers want their staff to be competent, knowledgeable, and compliant with the company’s rules, regulations, and procedures. One way of accomplishing this goal is to conduct regular meetings and lectures. Another is to require that they undergo training, either initially or during interval time periods (i.e. annually). However, one must keep in mind that certain regulations govern an employer’s right to mandate such activities – paying the employee for that time is just one example. Learn more about your obligations as an employer when it comes to paying your employees for training or meeting times, and how you can reduce the risk of a wage violation under California state law.

Are You Exempt?

California state law explicitly states that employers must pay all non-exempt employees for training times, meetings, and lectures unless they meet four specific requirements:

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California small business attorneyMost companies do everything in their power to abide by the rules. Sadly, there is a select few that refuse to comply with local, state, or federal regulations. They cut corners to save time and money. They fail to provide a safe work environment or refuse to go the extra mile to ensure their products or services are safe for consumption. All these situations put others at risk, which is why the state of California encourages internal reporting from employees - an act also known as “whistleblowing.” Learn more about how the state encourages this activity and why it could matter to your business.

What is a Whistleblower?

“Whistleblowers” are employees that have reported local, state, or federal violations, or hazards that pertain to public or employee health and safety. Some may unknowingly participate in a wrongful act and then report it. Others may recognize the violation and refuse to participate in an action that they feel violates health and safety standards or local, state, or federal laws. In either case, they are protected by the state under the California Labor Code.  

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