EEOC Issues New FCRA Notice

Many employers elect to consider the backgrounds of applicants when making hiring decisions, such as investigating an applicant’s work history, education, criminal record, and financial history.  We note that employers must be careful to comply with state and federal laws that protect applicants from discrimination, but that is not the subject of this discussion. When…

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Should You Sign that Severance Agreement?

Your department head schedules a meeting in the conference room. When you arrive, she is sitting there with your HR representative, who has a pile of paper in front of him. She tells you that your position is being eliminated and today is your last day of employment. As the shock sinks in, the HR…

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Could Your Estate Plan Ruin Your WBE Certification?

In previous blog articles, we have mentioned the importance of estate planning for business owners. We have discussed the options of using a Business Power of Attorney to handle business operations during incapacity and Transfer-on-Death designations to transfer business ownership interests outside of probate. While these approaches should be considered in every estate plan involving…

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Companies Need to Review and Maintain Their 401(k) Plans

Depending on the size of your company and your qualified retirement plan, many of the plan functions are handled by third parties – administrators, consultants, recordkeepers, and investment fiduciaries, among others. There is no shortage of advice you can secure for your plan that will help the HR department with its administration and your participants…

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Estate Planning in your LLC – Using “Transfer on Death” Member Beneficiary Designations

As we discussed in an earlier blog, beneficiary designations can be effective estate planning tools. “Transfer on death” (TOD) designations are particular beneficiary designations allowed under both Missouri and Kansas law. TOD designations are used for many types of property, including vehicles, stocks, mutual funds, and other securities. Use of a TOD designation is available…

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Trademark Regrets. Could Have – Would Have – Should Have.

You picked out a name for your new product or service.  Perhaps a marketing firm helped you.  You’ve been using the new name internally and everyone has gotten attached to it.  There is still a lot to do to get the product or service to market, but the excitement about the opportunity is high.  Maybe…

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