Steven C. Bahls

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Word Games

Beware of ambiguous language in your contracts, and you'll avoid the headache of court battles.
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Criminal Records

Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, you'd better think twice before destroying those business documents.
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Witness Protection

What will a new whistle-blower clause mean to you and the way you do business?
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A Fran-What?!

Surprise! You may be involved in a franchise relationship and not even know it.
International Growth

Protecting Your Trademark Overseas

If you want a global empire, you'll have to tackle international trademark protection.
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Asking for a Fight

You have to get tough with transgressors if you want to protect your intellectual property.
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Shred of Evidence

Learn a lesson from Arthur Andersen: Destroying documents makes you look bad.
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Under the Radar?

You may be big enough to have to play by some rules, but too small for others. How do you know just what's applicable?
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Class Act

Congress takes a vote on reforming class-action litigation procedures.
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Shut Up Already!

No matter what the charges are, taking out an ad to defend yourself isn't a good idea--at least until the Supreme Court has its say.
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Feeling Woozy?

If it's from the toxins, call a doctor. If it's from inheriting someone else's mess, help is coming.
Managing Employees

Fire Proof

A thorough investigation is the only way to build a case against problem employees.
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Law of the Land

Government interest in your property could bring business to a screeching halt. Know how to work the system for the best deal.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Warning Trend

The forecast is bad if your company fails to caution the public about a possible danger.
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Professional Victims

How to protect yourself against "big fakers"?
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John@ v. Jane@

Is the best mediation for online arguments online?
Employment Law

Value System

You have to accommodate employees' "sincerely held" beliefs, religious or not.
Human Resources

Service With a Smile

Respecting the rights of employees serving in the uniformed services is more than a patriotic duty: It's a legal obligation.
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Taking Calls

Are state and federal laws taking the telephone out of your sales arsenal?
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Steal a Look?

Think you can learn about good Web design by stealing ideas from other people's sites? Copyright law would have to disagree.
Employment Law

Off the Records

When it comes to what's in your employees' medical records, keep your questions to yourself. The less you know, the better.
Employment Law

What Goes Around . . .

Making promises to employees and then giving them the boot? They'll be back--carrying lawsuits that could damage your company.
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Who's Gonna Protect You?

The courts have given the EPA the power to protect the environment. Now if they could just stop it from running all over you.
Employment Law

Stay-In Contract

Drawing up employment contracts can help retain key employees and protect your trade secrets-but beware of the drawbacks.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Regulatory Rumble

The successful movement to stall OSHA's Ergonomics Rule shows how you can help shape the federal regulatory process-and maybe avoid a pain in the neck.
Entrepreneur Magazine

It's a Crime

The law is giving more jail time for business decisions that harm employees and customers.
Entrepreneur Magazine

Colorblind Collaring

Avoid retail racism in your efforts to nab shoplifters and serve customers.
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Safe Harbor

As if it weren't bad enough to have someone "go postal" at your workplace, you can be held liable for the injury and death.
Compensation and Benefits

Renters' Rights

A co-employer can relieve you of a load of paperwork-but watch out for these legal traps.
Employment Law

Crime And A Half

Learn what the Fair Labor Standards Act says about wages and overtime-and avoid breaking the law.

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