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BEWARE OF COMMON COSTLY MISTAKES NONPROFITS MAKE DURING CAPITAL BUILDING PROJECTS

BEWARE OF COMMON COSTLY MISTAKES NONPROFITS MAKE DURING CAPITAL BUILDING PROJECTS By Laura Fowler, inspired by her Charitable Friends! The need for new or more space can be an exhilarating time for nonprofits. It typically means their impact is strong and there is demand in their community for them to grow. Funding the acquisition, renovation [...]

By | July 17th, 2018|Electronic Legal Alerts|Comments Off on BEWARE OF COMMON COSTLY MISTAKES NONPROFITS MAKE DURING CAPITAL BUILDING PROJECTS

TERRIBLE LEGAL MISTAKES NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS MAKE THAT YOU CAN EASILY AVOID

TERRIBLE LEGAL MISTAKES NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS MAKE THAT YOU EASILY CAN AVOID By Laura Fowler….Inspired by Her Charitable Friends! The Austin Business Journal reported recently that more than one hundred people a day moved to Austin in 2017. That kind of growth results in numerous challenges from affordable housing and homelessness to complex public infrastructure and [...]

By | July 5th, 2018|Electronic Legal Alerts|Comments Off on TERRIBLE LEGAL MISTAKES NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS MAKE THAT YOU CAN EASILY AVOID

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOUR SUMMER INTERN ARRIVES

THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOUR SUMMER INTERN ARRIVES By Laura Fowler and Susan Littleton  Summer Internship programs can be valuable experiences for both the business and the intern. There is perhaps no better way for an aspiring young person to learn what truly happens in her or his chosen career path than by getting real [...]

By | June 18th, 2018|Electronic Legal Alerts|Comments Off on THINGS TO CONSIDER BEFORE YOUR SUMMER INTERN ARRIVES

NON-COMPETE, NON-SOLICITATION & NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS….LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP!

NON-COMPETE, NON-SOLICITATION & NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS …. LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP! By Michael J. Smith and Laura Fowler  Pledges not to compete are often found in employment contracts when the employee has access to sensitive information about a business or that business’ client base. Texas is different than many other states when it comes to non-compete, [...]

By | June 11th, 2018|Electronic Legal Alerts|Comments Off on NON-COMPETE, NON-SOLICITATION & NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS….LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP!

MISCLASSIFYING A WORKER AS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR WHEN SHE OR HE IS REALLY AN EMPLOYEE CAN BE COSTLY

MISCLASSIFYING A WORKER AS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR WHEN SHE OR HE IS REALLY AN EMPLOYEE CAN BE COSTLY By David Oliver, Ryan Lione and Laura Fowler There are many areas in which Texas business owners can rejoice in their freedom to define their own destiny; misclassifying a worker as an independent contractor when they should [...]

By | June 1st, 2018|Electronic Legal Alerts|Comments Off on MISCLASSIFYING A WORKER AS AN INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR WHEN SHE OR HE IS REALLY AN EMPLOYEE CAN BE COSTLY

COMMON MISTAKES EMPLOYERS MAKE WITH AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT IN TEXAS

COMMON MISTAKES EMPLOYERS MAKE WITH AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT IN TEXAS By David Oliver and Laura Fowler Texas law permits private employers and nonprofit organizations to offer at-will employment – a term used to refer to an employment arrangement in which either party may terminate the relationship at any time without cause. Unfortunately, some employers make mistakes [...]

By | May 25th, 2018|Electronic Legal Alerts|Comments Off on COMMON MISTAKES EMPLOYERS MAKE WITH AT-WILL EMPLOYMENT IN TEXAS

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR VS EMPLOYEE WHAT’S BEST FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR VS EMPLOYEE WHAT’S BEST FOR YOUR BUSINESS? By John Pearce and Laura Fowler As your business grows, you will invariably reach a point where you simply cannot manage all aspects of the business without help. But many small business owners are finding it increasingly difficult to find quality employees to fill needed positions. [...]

By | May 16th, 2018|Electronic Legal Alerts|Comments Off on INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR VS EMPLOYEE WHAT’S BEST FOR YOUR BUSINESS?

WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE HIRING YOUR FIRST EMPLOYEE

WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE HIRING YOUR FIRST EMPLOYEE By Susan Littleton and Laura Fowler Austin-Round Rock was recently named one of the top places to start a small business in the United States by the officials at RewardExpert, a company that helps users maximize credit card and travel rewards. With small businesses ripe for growth [...]

By | May 9th, 2018|Electronic Legal Alerts|Comments Off on WHAT TO CONSIDER BEFORE HIRING YOUR FIRST EMPLOYEE

4 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE OPENING A BUSINESS IN YOUR HOME

4 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE OPENING A BUSINESS IN YOUR HOME By John Lione and Laura Fowler According to Small Business Trends, 69% of U.S. entrepreneurs start their businesses at home. While neighbors probably will not complain about a few visitors who look and act like guests, a steady stream of clients and customers [...]

By | April 23rd, 2018|Electronic Legal Alerts|Comments Off on 4 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE OPENING A BUSINESS IN YOUR HOME

LEGAL QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE JOINING A NONPROFIT BOARD

LEGAL QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE JOINING A NONPROFIT BOARD By Laura S. Fowler and John G. Pearce  Most people who serve as an officer or director of a charitable or nonprofit organization do so because of a sincere desire to help support a mission or purpose in which they believe deeply. When contemplating giving [...]

By | April 16th, 2018|Electronic Legal Alerts|Comments Off on LEGAL QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE JOINING A NONPROFIT BOARD