5 Under-the-Radar Legal Developments Entrepreneurs Need to Know
Entrepreneurship, more than anything else, is about taking responsibility for our choices and the consequences of those choices. While that singleminded focus on personal responsiblity is empowering, the larger truth is that our actions take place in a society ruled by a network of laws and regulations. From local permits to the patents that protect new ideas and inventions, rules and regulations fundamentally shape how business is conducted.
As 2018 unfolds, here are five changes to law and rules entrepreneurs need to keep in mind.
Higher patent fees
Taxes are going up in Delaware.
More privacy for job applicants.
For business owners who reside in Vermont, effective January 1, 2018, employers may not compel employees or job applicants to allow employers to access an employee’s or applicant’s personal social media accounts, including videos, photographs, blogs, podcasts, instant or text messages, emails, online services or accounts, or internet website profiles or locations. Specifically, employers may not require, request or coerce an employee or applicant to do the following: (1) divulge or present any content from the employee’s or applicant’s social media account, (2) add anyone, including the employer, to the employee’s or applicant’s list of contacts associated with a social media account.