Entrepreneur: Latest from Steven C. Bahls http://www.entrepreneur.com The latest small business tips and advice from Entrepreneur.com. en-us Copyright 2014 Entrepreneur.com Inc., All rights reserved. Entrepreneur.com webmaster@entrepreneur.com (webmaster) 5 Business Sun, 01 Jun 2003 00:00:00 GMT Word Games Beware of ambiguous language in your contracts, and you'll avoid the headache of court battles. Sun, 01 Jun 2003 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/61932 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/61932 Beware of ambiguous language in your contracts, and you'll avoid the headache of court battles. Criminal Records Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, you'd better think twice before destroying those business documents. Thu, 01 May 2003 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/61114 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/61114 Under the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, you'd better think twice before destroying those business documents. Witness Protection What will a new whistle-blower clause mean to you and the way you do business? Tue, 01 Apr 2003 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/60324 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/60324 What will a new whistle-blower clause mean to you and the way you do business? A Fran-What?! Surprise! You may be involved in a franchise relationship and not even know it. Sat, 01 Mar 2003 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/59792 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/59792 Surprise! You may be involved in a franchise relationship and not even know it. Protecting Your Trademark Overseas If you want a global empire, you'll have to tackle international trademark protection. Sat, 01 Feb 2003 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/58888 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/58888 If you want a global empire, you'll have to tackle international trademark protection. Asking for a Fight You have to get tough with transgressors if you want to protect your intellectual property. Wed, 01 Jan 2003 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/58146 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/58146 You have to get tough with transgressors if you want to protect your intellectual property. Shred of Evidence Learn a lesson from Arthur Andersen: Destroying documents makes you look bad. Sun, 01 Dec 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/57196 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/57196 Learn a lesson from Arthur Andersen: Destroying documents makes you look bad. 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? Fri, 01 Nov 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/56326 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/56326 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? Class Act Congress takes a vote on reforming class-action litigation procedures. Tue, 01 Oct 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/55436 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/55436 Congress takes a vote on reforming class-action litigation procedures. 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. Sun, 01 Sep 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/54514 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/54514 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. Feeling Woozy? If it's from the toxins, call a doctor. If it's from inheriting someone else's mess, help is coming. Thu, 01 Aug 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/53582 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/53582 If it's from the toxins, call a doctor. If it's from inheriting someone else's mess, help is coming. Fire Proof A thorough investigation is the only way to build a case against problem employees. Mon, 01 Jul 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/52686 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/52686 A thorough investigation is the only way to build a case against problem 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. Sat, 01 Jun 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/51902 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/51902 Government interest in your property could bring business to a screeching halt. Know how to work the system for the best deal. Warning Trend The forecast is bad if your company fails to caution the public about a possible danger. Wed, 01 May 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/51108 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/51108 The forecast is bad if your company fails to caution the public about a possible danger. Professional Victims How to protect yourself against "big fakers"? Wed, 01 May 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/51170 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/51170 How to protect yourself against "big fakers"? John@ v. Jane@ Is the best mediation for online arguments online? Mon, 01 Apr 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/49882 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/49882 Is the best mediation for online arguments online? Value System You have to accommodate employees' "sincerely held" beliefs, religious or not. Fri, 01 Mar 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/49096 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/49096 You have to accommodate employees' "sincerely held" beliefs, religious or not. 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. Fri, 01 Feb 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/48236 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/48236 Respecting the rights of employees serving in the uniformed services is more than a patriotic duty: It's a legal obligation. Taking Calls Are state and federal laws taking the telephone out of your sales arsenal? Tue, 01 Jan 2002 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/47430 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/47430 Are state and federal laws taking the telephone out of your sales arsenal? 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. Sat, 01 Dec 2001 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/46348 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/46348 Think you can learn about good Web design by stealing ideas from other people's sites? Copyright law would have to disagree. 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. Thu, 01 Nov 2001 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/45384 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/45384 When it comes to what's in your employees' medical records, keep your questions to yourself. The less you know, the better. What Goes Around . . . Making promises to employees and then giving them the boot? They'll be back--carrying lawsuits that could damage your company. Mon, 01 Oct 2001 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/44360 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/44360 Making promises to employees and then giving them the boot? They'll be back--carrying lawsuits that could damage your company. 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. Sat, 01 Sep 2001 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/43360 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/43360 The courts have given the EPA the power to protect the environment. Now if they could just stop it from running all over you. Stay-In Contract Drawing up employment contracts can help retain key employees and protect your trade secrets-but beware of the drawbacks. Wed, 01 Aug 2001 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/42374 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/42374 Drawing up employment contracts can help retain key employees and protect your trade secrets-but beware of the drawbacks. 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. Sun, 01 Jul 2001 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/41314 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/41314 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. It's a Crime The law is giving more jail time for business decisions that harm employees and customers. Fri, 01 Jun 2001 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/40464 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/40464 The law is giving more jail time for business decisions that harm employees and customers. Colorblind Collaring Avoid retail racism in your efforts to nab shoplifters and serve customers. Tue, 01 May 2001 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/39754 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/39754 Avoid retail racism in your efforts to nab shoplifters and serve customers. 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. Sun, 01 Apr 2001 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/38746 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/38746 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. Renters' Rights A co-employer can relieve you of a load of paperwork-but watch out for these legal traps. Thu, 01 Mar 2001 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/37748 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/37748 A co-employer can relieve you of a load of paperwork-but watch out for these legal traps. Crime And A Half Learn what the Fair Labor Standards Act says about wages and overtime-and avoid breaking the law. Thu, 01 Feb 2001 00:00:00 GMT http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/36190 http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/36190 Learn what the Fair Labor Standards Act says about wages and overtime-and avoid breaking the law.