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Steven C. Bahls

30 Recent Stories

Word Games

Beware of ambiguous language in your contracts, and you'll avoid the headache of court battles.
June 1, 2003 in Legal Center

Criminal Records

Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, you'd better think twice before destroying those business documents.
May 1, 2003 in Legal Center

Witness Protection

What will a new whistle-blower clause mean to you and the way you do business?
April 1, 2003 in Legal Center

A Fran-What?!

Surprise! You may be involved in a franchise relationship and not even know it.
March 1, 2003 in Legal Center

Protecting Your Trademark Overseas

If you want a global empire, you'll have to tackle international trademark protection.
February 1, 2003 in International Growth

Asking for a Fight

You have to get tough with transgressors if you want to protect your intellectual property.
January 1, 2003 in Legal Center

Shred of Evidence

Learn a lesson from Arthur Andersen: Destroying documents makes you look bad.
December 1, 2002 in Legal Center

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?
November 1, 2002 in Legal Center

Class Act

Congress takes a vote on reforming class-action litigation procedures.
October 1, 2002 in Legal Center

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.
September 1, 2002 in Legal Center

Feeling Woozy?

If it's from the toxins, call a doctor. If it's from inheriting someone else's mess, help is coming.
August 1, 2002 in Legal Center

Fire Proof

A thorough investigation is the only way to build a case against problem employees.
July 1, 2002 in Managing Employees

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.
June 1, 2002 in Legal Center

Warning Trend

The forecast is bad if your company fails to caution the public about a possible danger.
May 1, 2002 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Professional Victims

How to protect yourself against "big fakers"?
May 1, 2002 in Legal Center

John@ v. Jane@

Is the best mediation for online arguments online?
April 1, 2002 in Legal Center

Value System

You have to accommodate employees' "sincerely held" beliefs, religious or not.
March 1, 2002 in Employment Law

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.
February 1, 2002 in Human Resources

Taking Calls

Are state and federal laws taking the telephone out of your sales arsenal?
January 1, 2002 in Legal Center

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.
December 1, 2001 in Legal Center

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.
November 1, 2001 in 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.
October 1, 2001 in Employment Law

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.
September 1, 2001 in Legal Center

Stay-In Contract

Drawing up employment contracts can help retain key employees and protect your trade secrets-but beware of the drawbacks.
August 1, 2001 in Employment Law

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.
July 1, 2001 in Entrepreneur Magazine

It's a Crime

The law is giving more jail time for business decisions that harm employees and customers.
June 1, 2001 in Entrepreneur Magazine

Colorblind Collaring

Avoid retail racism in your efforts to nab shoplifters and serve customers.
May 1, 2001 in Entrepreneur Magazine

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.
April 1, 2001 in Legal Center

Renters' Rights

A co-employer can relieve you of a load of paperwork-but watch out for these legal traps.
March 1, 2001 in Compensation and Benefits

Crime And A Half

Learn what the Fair Labor Standards Act says about wages and overtime-and avoid breaking the law.
February 1, 2001 in Employment Law