A Starter Guide to I-9 Compliance & New Hires

Getting a new hire onboard is more than introducing him to coworkers. You need to comply with all the regulations involved with the I-9 form. It is only one page, but the rules that go with it fill 69 pages.

Here is an overview showing how important is it to comply with the regulations, the difference between the W-9 and the I-9 forms, and what identification is acceptable to meet the I-9 rules.

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Penalties for Non-Compliance

To you it looks like a lot of pencil pushing. To the government it is serious business. The minimum fine for errors filling out your I-9 paperwork is $110.…

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How to Rescue Your Business from the Brink of Insolvency

There’s no denying that approaching insolvency is a problem that requires immediate attention. While it can feel a little scary, the best way to fix it quickly and simply is with a targeted, focused response. In other words, don’t push it to the back of your mind and hope that it handles itself. With just a few small changes to the way that you do business, you can put your affairs in order and start to better protect your investments.

Business owner dealing with business insolvency

Whether you’re struggling to meet monthly bills, being buried by an unsuitable administrative process, or desperately lacking in credit, there are steps that you can take to turn the situation around.…

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How A Liquor Licensing Attorney Can Save Your Business

Owning a business built around alcohol must have seemed a good idea at the time. There is certainly money to be made, and some people are just great building a business based on customer camaraderie and good cheer. Maybe alcohol is the perfect pairing for your restaurant menu, or maybe you see profit potential in a retail store. How a liquor licensing attorney can save your startup business?

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Here’s to you!

Whether you’re planning a bar, pop-up bar, restaurant, private club, or retails sales, here are 5 good reasons you need a liquor licensing attorney from the beginning:

  1. First-aid: It ain’t easy to open and run an alcohol-based business.
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Sole Trader, Limited Company, Partnership or LLP – Which Business Structure is Best?

You’ve got your business idea all sorted. You’ve got a great name ready to register. Now what? You need to decide which legal structure will suit you and your business best.

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The four most popular ones are sole trader, limited company, general partnership and limited liability partnership (LLP). The decision is actually pretty straightforward when you understand the basic features and benefits of each structure, so we’ll take a look at each one in turn to help you make the right choice for your exciting new venture.

Sole trader

A sole trader is a self-employed person who owns and manages a business as an individual, but they have the option to employ people to work for them.…

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Pros and Cons of Setting Up a UK Limited Company

Incorporating your new or existing business as a UK private limited company (LTD) is an incredibly effective way to boost your professional profile and establish a presence in the United Kingdom. Not to be confused with the LLC structure, a UK limited company resembles the legal framework of a US corporation (Inc.) that you would register through application to the secretary of state. As such, you will need to appoint at least one director and one shareholder, you will enjoy reduced financial liability for company debts, you can sell shares to outside investors as a way to raise capital, and the company can exist beyond the ownership of its original founders.…

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Business and Commercial Solicitors: Take some strain off running your business

Making sure that your business has access to a good solicitor is essential in ensuring its long term success. Having a solicitor from the outset can give you a number of benefits, given the wide range of expertise most solicitors have at their disposal.

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A business and commercial solicitor can offer you advice and insight on issues of finance and banking, real estate, employment and much more. It can also be valuable to you should you ever encounter any legal issues related to your business.

Why would you ever need a business and commercial solicitor?

For a new business, or small business, it may not seem essential to look into the services of a solicitor.…

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How to Select the Correct Commercial Law Firm for your Business

Hiring the correct commercial firm to take care of your legal interests is crucial to any successful business. There are a variety of commercial lawyers in your region, each offering different sizes, specialities and experience. This guide will help you choose the best commercial law firm for your business interests and needs.

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1. Look for firms with experience within your commercial sector

The right commercial law firm will have significant experience working with businesses in your commercial sector and have a firm understanding of the nature of your business. A firm with other clients in your industry is beneficial as they will have an understanding of the industry and relevant legal requirements that exist within it.…

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The Role Public Liability Plays in Protecting Your Business

From a business perspective, most business owners and company heads are familiar with professional insurance for their contracting or professional work, otherwise known as errors and omissions coverage. However, the risk of public liability is also present for the average company, and can bankrupt a good business with one or two bad lawsuits.

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Public liability: What you need to know

A business or individual contracting himself as a professional business is responsible for all of its actions and production, even for those effects that result in personal injuries or loss. For products, most people are familiar with product liability, but a business can also be responsible for any injury its activities or services cause as well.…

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Understanding the World of Business: How to Comply with Business Law

Owning and running an SME is not an endeavour for the faint of heart. Grit, determination, hard work, and endless toil are required to make a success of your venture, and challenge after challenge must be met head on.

Business law compliance

Business law is just one of the obstacles that you must overcome, and abiding by its numerous, intricate rules and regulations can seem daunting – but it shouldn’t. Made to benefit all parties, including entrepreneurs, it has been specifically designed to help you. Indeed, any propositions found to disproportionately disadvantage small businesses are inapplicable to them, so compliance is eminently possible.

However, doing so requires a degree of understanding that many lack at the outset.…

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When OSHA Visits: Smart Ways to Handle Your Company’s Citation

If you’ve been notified of an inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), you need to respond quickly. You also need to know how to prepare your employees for any questions they may be asked by an OSHA inspector. Here’s how to handle your company’s possible citation.

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Talk to Your Attorney

If your company has received notice of an OSHA inspection, you should consult with an attorney right away. Your lawyer will help you gather the information you need to prepare for the investigation.

Greeting the Inspector

The inspector will arrive at the company and present his or her credentials.…

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