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What can Other Professionals Learn from Real Estate Broker Risk Management Practices?

My friend Fred Moreno is an engineer and former COO of a semiconductor equipment manufacturing company.  He was fond of saying: “A change of perspective is worth 30 IQ points.”  Come to think of it, I’m rather fond of that phrase myself.

What can Other Professionals Learn from Real Estate Broker Risk Management Practices?

My friend Fred Moreno is an engineer and former COO of a semiconductor equipment manufacturing company.  He was fond of saying: “A change of perspective is worth 30 IQ points.”  Come to think of it, I’m rather fond of that phrase myself.

Do You Know How to Comply with the Laws About Service and Assistance Animals?

Animals on your premises? Recent news broadcasts have highlighted the extent to which some people are claiming their pets (large and small) to be Emotion Support Animals. Business owners need … Continue reading Do You Know How to Comply with the Laws About Service and Assistance Animals?

Do Employers Really Face Criminal Liability for Immigration Law Violations?

You may not realize that employers could face criminal charges if they hire people who aren’t legally permitted to work in the U.S.  If not, consider this your wake-up call! … Continue reading Do Employers Really Face Criminal Liability for Immigration Law Violations?

Using Non-solicitation Agreements in California is Asking for Trouble!

California’s Public Policy in Favor of Employee Mobility California is already famous for prohibiting most types of non-compete agreements. A recent Court of Appeals Case in the Golden State now … Continue reading Using Non-solicitation Agreements in California is Asking for Trouble!

Reality Check – Employee Misclassification is Very Costly!

Why Use Independent Contractors? Business owners appreciate the flexibility and potential cost savings of using Independent Contractors to provide goods and services to their companies. What Are the Risks if … Continue reading Reality Check – Employee Misclassification is Very Costly!

A Business Case for Sexual Harassment Training in the #MeToo Era

The #MeToo movement has cost a number of entertainment industry figures their jobs (and arguably in the case of Bill Cosby, his liberty). The industry appears to have had a toxic culture when it comes to treatment of employees by powerful men.

Does Your Workplace Have an Effective Reporting System?

As I wrote in my October 10, 2018 article Preventing Harassment in Your Workplace employers have a legal duty to provide a safe, harassment-free environment for their employees, independent contractors, suppliers … Continue reading Does Your Workplace Have an Effective Reporting System?

Your Appraisal Fell Through – Now What?

I recently discussed my Cutting Corners blog post with Julie Schott in the Meridian, Idaho office of NexTitle http://www.nextitle.com. She added insight from the perspective of the title companies, namely, that in this sizzling market they are seeing deals fall through for two reasons:

Cutting Corners in a Sizzling Market Gets Everyone in Hot Water

Sizzling Real Estate Markets. I live in Boise, a city that is on a number of the “Best Places to (Live; do Business; Retire; etc.)” lists these days.  I’m sure … Continue reading Cutting Corners in a Sizzling Market Gets Everyone in Hot Water

Can a Non-Profit Entity’s Employees also be Volunteers?

On May 2, 2018, I wrote For-Profit Companies Must Pay “Volunteers.”  I wanted to help entrepreneurs understand that the people who provide something of value to their companies must be compensated for it.