The Law and Your Business

by RaeAnne Marsh

Businesses now operate in a fast-changing world. Technology may get most of the “credit” for this, but legal issues also present in a kaleidoscope of local, regional, national and international regulations; public awareness and mobilization; and operational changes.   A few areas where this is felt that are of common concern across industries are employment, … [More]

The Law and Your Business: Privacy and Data Security

by RaeAnne Marsh

The internet figures into another of the key areas of common business concern: data security and privacy. Of these related topics, concerns about privacy issues are supplanting data security. Says Kim Phan, a partner at Ballard Spahr, “While data security was the hot topic a couple of years ago in the wake of major data breaches at Target, Sony and Equifax, the new hot topic is … [More]

The Law and Your Business: Global Commerce

by RaeAnne Marsh

One of the most volatile areas of commerce for businesses here — especially with the current political situation — is global trade, and Melissa Proctor, a principal with Miller Proctor Law, notes, “We continue to see fast-moving developments on the global trade front that may significantly impact imports and exports.” The most recent examples involve the increases in tariffs on … [More]

The Law and Your Business: Intellectual Property

by RaeAnne Marsh

Data Analytics Patents, trademarks and taboo trademarks are intellectual property concerns. Legal efforts in this area are being profoundly impacted by technological advances in data analytics. Comparing where we are now with where we have been, Lee Fraley, a partner at Snell & Wilmer, says, “Clients have often relied on their attorneys to predict the chances of … [More]

The Law and Your Business: Employment and Personnel

by RaeAnne Marsh

Overtime Eligibility Change A rule proposed by the Department of Labor this past March would make more than a million more American workers eligible for overtime starting in January 2020. Explains John J. Balitis, a partner at Jennings, Strouss & Salmon, “The proposal would increase the minimum salary requirement for an employee to qualify for an overtime exemption from … [More]