Running a business relies on hard work, a great idea and -- quite often -- a trade secret or two. Small business owners in Wisconsin know how important it is to protect those trade secrets and other types of confidential information. Including a nondisclosure agreement in an employment contract is usually an appropriate option, but it must adhere to small business law in order to be effective.
As the 2019 holiday season rapidly approaches, small business owners in Wisconsin may be ready to hire seasonal help. Unlike regular employees, these workers are expected to work only briefly before being let go. However, that does not mean an employer can treat the seasonal hiring process the same as his or her regular process. Here are a few things to keep in mind regarding small business law and hiring seasonal workers.
Running a business requires a certain level of knowledge regarding all facets of daily operations. It is natural for entrepreneurs to have a hand in everything and to know what is going on, especially among workers. However, some business owners feel worried that they may accidentally take things a step or so too far. While worker privacy is protected by small business law, Wisconsin employers are also afforded a certain level of protection when monitoring employees.
Small businesses often hire from within the communities in which they operate. Because of this, most business owners are eager to pay their workers both fairly and well. However, the recently introduced Paycheck Fairness Act might be confusing for some people in Wisconsin. Here is what owners should understand how this statute will impact small business law.
Contracts are essential for protecting small businesses, customers, employees and many others. Whether for employment purposes or for detailing business transactions, contracts should protect everyone involved. Unfortunately, contracts are sometimes called into question. This aspect of small business law can be extremely frustrating.
Utilizing unique designs, logos, names and symbols helps set small businesses apart in a world where technology is often vying for customers' attention. Wisconsin business owners often trademark these unique aspects of their company, but that does not necessarily stop other people from infringing on those trademarks. Here are a few things some business owners might find important about trademarks and small business law.
Virtually no one in Wisconsin particularly enjoys tax season, but these feelings may be especially pronounced among small business owners. Filing taxes can be a time-consuming and confusing task for entrepreneurs and those who run their own businesses. The whole process might seem even more confusing since the implementation of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, so here are a few ways in which those changes affect small business law.
Nonprofit organizations perform many essential functions and services for disenfranchised individuals in Wisconsin. In order to better serve their communities, many nonprofits focus on achieving tax-exempt status, which allows them to operate without worry of shelling out their donated funds during tax season. However, to become tax-exempt, an organization must first qualify under one of five categories.
As a small business owner in Wisconsin, protecting yourself and your business interests during litigation is important. In some instances, litigation may not even be the necessary consequence of a dispute. Whether you need to prevent impending litigation by diffusing a dispute or are currently in the throws of complicated legal actions, you need someone who is experienced in small business law on your side.
Entrepreneurs embarking on their first startup experience might expect to spend more time on the creative aspect of their businesses and less on the nitty-gritty legal side of things. However, any time that a person starts a business in Wisconsin he or she will need to deal important issues pertaining to small business law. This includes writing comprehensive and enforceable contracts.