You may have heard a lot of noise leading up to the May 25, 2018 effective date of the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR.
I have had the privilege of participating in some inspiring collaborative efforts. From 1989 – 1996, I worked at Austin-based SEMATECH, a consortium of large semiconductor manufacturers (including arch-competitors such … Continue reading Collaborate to Build an Industry
In last week’s post, Fair Housing Act Trap for Real Estate Owners and Agents, I wrote about the Fair Housing Act and how it poses risks to those who own or manage rental housing. Those risks include being charged with discrimination for treating persons with disabilities differently from other customers.
Do you own or manage rental housing? Are you a real estate agent who deals (at least in part) in residential properties? If so, the Fair Housing Act likely applies … Continue reading Fair Housing Act Trap for Real Estate Owners and Agents
The April 30, 2018 California Supreme Court case of Dynamex Operations West v. Superior Court is sending shock waves across the USA. Although the holding only interpreted California law, some … Continue reading Is the “Gig Economy” Threatened by a CA Supreme Court Ruling?
Here’s a common scenario: A start-up software company is formed to solve a pressing problem. The founder (Susan) shares her vision with family and friends, and they get excited about … Continue reading For-Profit Companies Must Pay “Volunteers”
On December 5, 2017, I posted this article: Tone at the Top is Vital for Preventing Sexual Harassment! The article analyzed portions of a 2016 document by the Equal Employment … Continue reading Powerful Illustration of “Tone at the Top”
In the book Good to Great by Jim Collins, he spoke about the importance of aligning people with the mission of an organization. He used the illustration of the company … Continue reading Minimizing Legal Costs via Good Alignment
Let’s say you have decided to buy a new home. You have found one for sale that meets your basic needs and is in your price range. You made a … Continue reading Drafting Concise, Binding Contract Changes
The Federal Trade Commission announced on February 27, 2018 https://bit.ly/2pIAQIW that it has settled a complaint it had filed against Venmo, PayPal’s peer-to-peer payment service, for misrepresentations to consumers about its website security and privacy settings.
I recently asked several litigation attorneys if they had identified any trends in the business world regarding the kinds of conduct that was getting people sued. I got a wide range of answers, but the common theme was: a failure to get an agreement in writing.
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