Hi! I’m Michael Oswald. I am a business guy who also happens to be a lawyer. I love living in Boise, Idaho! I’ve also had the pleasure of living in Silicon Valley, Colorado Springs, Austin, and Orange County, CA. I started this blog so business owners and senior execs could find actionable guidance on common legal issues. Titles of posts I have previously written include: “The Managerial Overtime Exemption, and How to Keep It,” “Using a Sales Contract that speeds up Getting to Yes,” and “Tone at the Top is Vital for Preventing Sexual Harassment!” I provide a wide range of business-savvy legal services to small and medium companies and nonprofits. I am also certified to teach Real Estate Law by the Idaho Real Estate Commission. My favorite thing to do for a business is to take their standard sales contract and strip it down from an unintelligible 20-page monstrosity to a concise, 3-page doc that is easy for their customers to understand and to sign! I have experience in a number of industries, including Real Estate, Construction, Defense, and Technology (Hardware, Software and E-Commerce). I look forward to collaborating with you!

Employers: Do You Understand Your Duty of Religious Accommodation?

What Does “Discrimination in Employment” Mean?

I suspect most people know that it is illegal for employers to engage in several forms of workplace discrimination.

Are Your Telework Policies Ready for the New Year?

I often quote my friend Eric B. Meyer of The Employer Handbook when I’m writing about employment law.

Employers: Do You Understand Your Duties to Our Veterans?

A recent post by my friend Eric B. Meyer on his The Employer Handbook prompted me to make sure I understood an employer’s duties to our military veterans.

What to Make of the CDC’s Mask Endorsement?

RationalGround.com offers Critical Analyses of the CDC’s Mask Endorsement.

In my 10/15/20 post – COVID Mask OSHA Requirements – I discussed the OSHA’s requirement for employers to choose equipment that is suitable to the hazards facing their employees, and for implementing a respiratory protection program.

Do you Sell Tech to the Government? You Need to Know Your False Claims Act Risks!

According to this https://www.morganlewis.com/pubs/uptick-in-fca-investigations-and-litigation-targeting-tech-services 11/2/2020 White Collar Lawflash from the Morgan Lewis law firm,

“The False Claims Act (FCA) imposes liability on any person for making false claims or false statements in connection with a claim. 31 USC § 3729(a)(1)(A), (B). A “claim” is any request or demand for money made directly or indirectly to the government. FCA liability requires proof of materiality, meaning that the government would not have paid a claim had it known of the alleged falsehood.

COVID School Closure Lawsuit – Part of a Litigation Wave

I was semi-watching a local TV news broadcast Wednesday morning until one item got my full attention: The Liberty Justice Center (“LJC”) has filed suit against the West Ada School District to prevent a local teachers union from holding any more “sick-out” actions.

COVID Lockdown Order in PA Ruled Unconstitutional

A Federal judge in Western Pennsylvania has ruled that the governor’s open-ended lockdown order violates the 1st Amendment and the Due Process and Equal Protection provisions of 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.