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5 Reasons Startups Need a Lawyer from Day 1

5 Reasons Startups Need a Lawyer from Day 1

June 29, 2018 at 11:10 AM - Legal Services,

Starting your own business can be a mammoth undertaking, especially when it comes to managing expenses while working (often tirelessly) to build momentum, and eventually, a revenue stream. Many new business owners grapple with the right time to hire an attorney. Although the thought of engaging an attorney from Day 1 may seem cost-prohibitive, it is a smart business decision even for the smallest companies. Of course, you’ll want a lawyer who is fairly-priced and efficient, and who has experience working with startups.

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Conducting A Self-Evaluation of Pay Practices: An Affirmative Defense to Liability Under the New Massachusetts Pay Equity Law

Conducting A Self-Evaluation of Pay Practices: An Affirmative Defense to Liability Under the New Massachusetts Pay Equity Law

June 26, 2018 at 4:11 PM - Employment Law,

The Massachusetts Act to Establish Pay Equity (“MEPA”) takes effect on July 1, 2018. The goal of the new law is to reduce pay differentials among men and women doing comparable work. The penalties for violating the new law include back wages, benefits and other compensation, and attorney’s fees. For an overview of MEPA, please see Part I of this two-part series on MEPA.

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15 Strategies For Team Empowerment In The Workplace

15 Strategies For Team Empowerment In The Workplace

June 15, 2018 at 12:42 PM - Management

Introductory note: In addition to my role as on-demand general counsel at Outside GC, I am also the co-founder of Public Safety Network, a new firm providing business and operational expertise to established and start-up companies entering the public safety tech market which has been recently accelerated by the creation of FirstNet, the independent government authority responsible for bringing the first nationwide prioritized broadband wireless network to public service professionals. In the below article, I've shared some key principles on how to empower your workforce. Not only have these principles defined my approach throughout my management career, but they continue to guide my experience as a member of Outside GC's team, and lie at the core of the legal and business advice I provide to all of my clients so as to maximize desired business outcomes. I hope you enjoy! Jason

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Even If You Are a U.S. Company, Don’t Ignore the GDPR

May 4, 2018 at 3:20 PM - compliance,

Complying with the EU’s New Data Privacy Law

GDPR.-Notebook-with-Notes-General-Data-Protection-Regulation-on-the-table-of-a-businessman-.-898176928_3869x2579On May 25, 2018, the European Union (EU)'s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, broadening the scope of privacy obligations for companies doing business in or with Europe. The GDPR applies to all businesses that collect and use personal information of EU residents, including organizations located outside the EU.

U.S. companies, including Data Processors in the United States, may be subject to the GDPR if they offer products or services to EU residents or if they monitor the behavior of such residents even if they do not have a physical presence in the EU.

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Does my Small, Simple Deal Really Need a Lawyer’s Input? -- 5 Examples Where Small Deals had Big Consequences

Does my Small, Simple Deal Really Need a Lawyer’s Input? -- 5 Examples Where Small Deals had Big Consequences

April 26, 2018 at 12:19 PM - part-time attorneys,

It’s no surprise that start-ups and small businesses are mindful of their budgets. Occasionally, however, cost-consciousness can lead a company to question the need for a contract or contract review, particularly when a transaction involves a small dollar amount or simple service offering. By assuming a lower risk of liability in these situations, the cost of hiring a lawyer to write, or review, a contract can seem unnecessary. This is a misconception.

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Does GDPR Apply to Nonprofits?

Does GDPR Apply to Nonprofits?

April 11, 2018 at 10:02 AM - EU Laws,

The GDPR goes into effect on May 25th. In this ACC Docket article, Lakshmi Sarma Ramani, a member of our Washington D.C.-area team, reviews its applicability to nonprofit organizations.

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Should Employers Participate in the New DOL PAID Program? 

Should Employers Participate in the New DOL PAID Program? 

March 22, 2018 at 2:32 PM - Employment Law,

On March 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced a new pilot program – the Payroll Audit Independent Determination (“PAID”) – which allows employers to self-report inadvertent overtime and minimum wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) without risk of litigation or enforcement proceedings. The new six-month pilot program is expected to launch in April 2018.

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Massachusetts' Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Goes Into Effect April 1, 2018

Massachusetts' Pregnant Workers Fairness Act Goes Into Effect April 1, 2018

March 12, 2018 at 8:30 AM - Employment Law,

On July 27, 2017, Massachusetts’ Governor Charlie Baker signed into law the Massachusetts Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA), which applies to employers with six or more employees. The PWFA makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against an employee due to pregnancy or a condition related to pregnancy, including, but not limited to, the need to express breast milk for a nursing child.  The PWFA also provides needed and reasonable accommodations to pregnant workers.

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