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Trade Secrets and the Gig Economy: Intellectual Property and Whistleblower Protections under DTSA

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The Defend Trade Secrets Act, or DTSA, was signed into law in 2016. The new federal law allowed American businesses legal redress to protect their trade secrets and intellectual property. In addition, the law provides for whistleblower protections. With the gig economy growing, and the practice of hiring freelance contractors becoming more usual even for long-term and leadership roles, the courts have begun to detail specifics related to these contractors and business trade secrets. At this time, the understanding of this law with respect to private independent contractors and subcontractors working for a public company is that the law covers … Continue reading Trade Secrets and the Gig Economy: Intellectual Property and Whistleblower Protections under DTSA

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A Change of Heart

By nature, Michelle Mazzara is a salesperson. With 25 years of experience selling national “A” brands to a diverse customer base, Michelle suddenly found herself unemployed when the company she worked for went under. She was in her mid-40s, unemployed and wondering what to do with her life. An idea hit at 3:00 am, launching Michelle into entrepreneurship. Michelle was single and looking for a change. She had a passion for food and beverage. Why not start a website for singles that shared her same foodie passion? Researching her idea, Michelle couldn’t find anything else like it. However, she also … Continue reading A Change of Heart

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5 Reasons Why You Need an LLC If You Rent Your House(s) Out

Rent your house out, but form an LLC first!

Renting out a house is simultaneously one of most conservative and the most worrying risks you can take. This is especially true if it’s your first time doing so. Everybody needs a place to live whether the stock market is skyrocketing or it’s plunging downward. But that doesn’t mean they’ll rent your house at your set price; and an empty house is an expensive monthly expense. Renting out properties has other risks besides the worry about whether you’ll always have tenants or not. Those risks range from small expenses to large lawsuits, which is why many real estate investors recommend forming … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why You Need an LLC If You Rent Your House(s) Out

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10 Tips for Keeping Your School’s Energy Bill Low During Winter (Part 2)

Keep Your School's Energy Bill Low During Winter

Welcome back to the second half of our two-part article on managing your HVAC power usage even when the weather drops well below freezing. Last time we talked about lighting, insulation, thermostats, and maintenance. Join us today as we pick up at a company-wide blanket policy to help lower your school’s energy bill. 6) Encourage Sweaters and Blankets Even with considerate and careful temperature maintenance inside the building, there will always be people who wind up in an unusually cold section of the building or are more physically susceptible to cold than their classmates or colleagues. For students or staff that … Continue reading 10 Tips for Keeping Your School’s Energy Bill Low During Winter (Part 2)

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