At Risk for ADA Lawsuit?

by Lindsay G. Leavitt

Theresa Brooke, one of the most prolific ADA plaintiffs in the country, has returned to Phoenix after an 18-month hiatus and begun filing another wave of lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act against the hospitality industry. Arizona hotel owners remember Theresa Brooke — she sued more than 125 of them in 2015 for failing… [More]

Minimum Wage Touched by Tip Pooling 

by Jodi R. Bohr

The recent uptick in collective action filings against Arizona restaurants compels a Human Resources focus on the requirements of tip pooling and an employer’s decision to take the tip credit. With minimum wage reaching $15 per hour in some cities and states, restaurateurs have been forced to address the disparity in pay rates between servers… [More]

The Costs of Democracy

by Joseph Kanefield

The courts decided long ago that money is an important component of political speech. Campaigns need it to succeed and citizens need it to raise their voices during the election process. After all, a campaign advertisement on television reaches a lot more people than a megaphone at the local park. So, how can citizens and… [More]

Employer Alert: Paid Sick Leave Required

by Jessica Post

On Nov. 8, 2016, Arizona voters enacted Proposition 206: The Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, increasing the minimum wage and requiring virtually all employers to provide paid sick leave to their part- and full-time employees. The paid sick leave portion of the Act goes into effect on July 1, 2017. Below are a few… [More]

Adaptive Reuse: Breathing New Life into Old Buildings

by Adam Baugh

One of the unexpected successes arising out of the last recession is the rebirth and renewed interest in older, historically significant buildings. In many ways, they have enjoyed a renaissance in being repurposed again. This process, known as adaptive reuse, is the tailoring of old structures for new purposes other than those initially intended. As… [More]

Employers vs Employees on Social Media Posts

by Tophas Anderson IV and Tamara Cook

Social media is increasingly ubiquitous in the corporate world. From marketing campaigns to talent acquisition, today there is at least some social media component in almost everything a successful company does. Yet, despite the prominent role social media plays in modern business, it retains something of its origins among college students and garage bands. The… [More]

Endorsements, Testimonials and the FTC

by Vojtek “VK” Karpuk

The fast-forward button on a DVR and other advancements make it easier for consumers to avoid advertisements on traditional media platforms, leading more and more businesses to rely on endorsements, testimonials and reviews on social media platforms to market their products and services. While favorable reviews of an advertiser’s product on Twitter or a picture… [More]

Preparing to Sell Your Business

by Oliver Davis and Michael Gillette

There are many considerations you must consider when you are getting ready to sell your business. Most owners are quick to jump to how much money they will receive or when the deal will close. But before you spend a lot of time and energy on the sale of your business, you should take a… [More]

A Business’s Accountability in Human Rights Violations

by Ajitav Mick Misra, Esq.

Corporate human rights abuse is a topic getting more and more visibility, and most companies today are aware of violations across the world and are keen to not promote such abuses. But how much of a duty does a company have to actively monitor whether its activities lead to human rights abuses? Do companies face… [More]

Raising Money for a Business

by Oliver Davis and Michael Gillette

All businesses need cash to operate. Sometimes a business may need outside financing for buying a new piece of equipment, research and development, buying inventory, or adding sales and marketing capacity. There are two ways to finance the capital of a business: The business can borrow money, called “debt financing,” or the business can sell… [More]