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What does Alabama’s new gun bill mean for employers?

May 21, 2013


On May 20, 2013, the Alabama House voted 73-28 to approve SB 286, the Omnibus Gun Bill, that will affect employers’ ability to limit employees from carrying firearms onto business property. The bill is now on its way to Gov. Robert Bentley, who is expected to sign. [UPDATE: Governor Bentley signed the bill on May 22, […]

Congress Avoids Fiscal Cliff And Passes First Major Tax Increase in Almost Twenty Years

January 3, 2013


Early Tuesday morning, the U.S.  Senate passed a bill aimed at averting spending cuts and tax increases that comprised the dreaded “fiscal cliff.”  House Republicans were extremely critical of the bill for not including enough spending cuts.  However, the House approved the bi-partisan legislation under the extreme pressure of trying to avoid the fiscal cliff […]

Alabama Adopts Uniform Power of Attorney Act

September 10, 2012


Within the past year Alabama has joined several other states in adopting a Uniform Power of Attorney Act.  While this new Act does not affect powers of attorney (POAs) executed prior to January 1, 2012, it does make some significant changes to the law that governs POAs executed on or after that date.  Understanding the […]

Raising Money From Angels And Crowdsourcing

June 5, 2012


After friends and family, the other classes of investors at the early stage are called angel investors. These investors typically are wealthy individuals who are willing to invest in early start-up companies. They are not completely philanthropic, but they do have altruistic motives. Often these are individuals that have been fortunate enough to succeed in […]

What Trademark Owners Need To Know About The New gTLD Program

May 10, 2012


The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) will increase the number of generic top-level domains (gTLDs), which label internet domains with such common examples like .com, .org, .net and others.  This increase will mean that businesses can create gTLDs with their business name, if they complete the application process that has been instituted […]

Firing Your Employees And Facebook

December 14, 2011


Social media sites and the workplace can be a risky combination for both employees and employers. Beyond the obvious drawback of distracting an employee from his or her actual work, some employees have faced termination for posting unflattering remarks about their employers or customers on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Some employees […]

CARD Act Redefines Credit For Small Businesses

December 7, 2011


The current recession and accompanying credit crunch have caused many individuals and businesses to use their existing credit to make ends meet. Fortunately, the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act (CARD), instated February 2010, provides small businesses with more credit options. CARD cracks down on questionable credit practices by small businesses, but it also […]