Prinz Law Firm Blog: 2018

  • Do you know the implications of the "arbitration clause" in your contract?

    During the onboarding process, employees are often presented with a myriad of documents, including a company handbook, employment and confidentiality agreements, policy documents, and more. Hidden in these agreements is usually a clause which will limit an employee’s right to seek redress from the courts – an “arbitration clause.” Arbitration is a form of dispute resolution in which a third party ...
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  • Does Your Company Have a "No Jerk" Policy? It Should.

    Last week, a story in Bloomberg News shocked Wall Street. A successful senior banker was terminated from Credit Suisse after an internal investigation concluded the dealmaker had physically intimidated a male intern. It seems this banker was a longtime offender and was proud to be considered a bully. In the past, this kind of behavior was tolerated or even expected on Wall Street, but that’s no ...
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  • A Mid-Year #MeToo Check-In

    As the echoes of survivors’ stories of harassment and assault continue to reverberate through our culture, many of our clients have taken the time to re-evaluate sexual harassment policies and prevention measures for their businesses. Not only is this the right thing to do to ensure that your employees feel safe, welcome, and included at work, it also may prevent needless liability for your ...
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  • Do What You Do Best

    I was recently at a presentation given by a sales and marketing expert with a significant background in turnaround management for distressed clients. Relying on his in-the-trenches experience, he coached business owners and entrepreneurs on how they could avoid distress by developing—and successfully executing—a vision and strategic plan for their businesses. In his view, many business owners run ...
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  • Have you asked your employees about harassment? Nike didn't either.

    Earlier this year, at least six top male executives at Nike left or announced their impending departure. The departures came after Nike’s chief executive was presented with an unofficial, anonymous survey of female employees, in which they were asked if they had ever experienced sexual harassment or gender discrimination while at work. The results overwhelmingly described a hostile environment for ...
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  • Employment On-Boarding 101

    Starting a new job is never easy. Perhaps you’re dealing with the sometimes-messy task of resigning from your current employment, or maybe you are up to your neck in actual boxes and bubble wrap in preparation to relocate for the new position. Or perhaps you have been unemployed and this new role is a much-hoped for opportunity. But before you sign the offer letter, contract, or any other ...
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  • The Department of Labor's New PAID Program: Is it a Win for Employers & Employees?

    On March 6, 2018, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) shared a press release informing employers, employees, and taxpayers of its new Payroll Audit Independent Determination (PAID) pilot program. The pilot will be launched by the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the DOL in an effort to resolve potential overtime and wage violations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) more quickly and less ...
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  • Starbucks' Racial Blunder: How to Make Sure Your Employees Don't Make the Same Mistake

    By now, most everyone has heard about the wrongful arrest of two black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks. To recap: the manager on duty at the time decided to call the police to have the two men arrested since they were not making a purchase, only waiting inside the store for their friend. In the aftermath, countless individuals—mostly white— attested to waiting at a Starbucks to meet a friend, use ...
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  • Four Simple Ways to Reduce the Pay Gap

    A few weeks ago, we recognized Equal Pay Day, the day of the year many women have to work until to earn the same amount their male counterparts earned the prior year. This year, it still took until April 10 for women to earn equal pay (keep in mind that date moves even further into the year when you compare what women of color earn when compared to white, non-hispanic men). While the fact that ...
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  • Work-Life Balance - What Are Your Rights?

    Many of us struggle with managing a family and a career. School days, educational opportunities, and extracurricular activities aren’t in sync with typical business hours. As a result, parents often have to make difficult decisions or come up with creative solutions in an attempt to “do it all,” which can be very stressful. I recently met a woman who was struggling with this work-life juggle. Her ...
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  • Employment Contract Mistakes Every Small Business Owner Should Avoid

    A business often starts simply with a great idea, but in order to move beyond just an idea, owners then must launch, grow, and potentially scale the business. As such, a successful small business involves many moving parts and the right team is critical to this process, especially since they will be the ones helping to sell and implement the idea. Focusing on all of these moving parts may mean an ...
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  • Does your New Company's Culture Fit?

    Starting a new position at a new company brings many exciting opportunities and challenges, including finding how your interests and identity align with the workplace culture. Employers may frequently espouse key terms like “diversity and inclusion” or “company culture” at interviews and on their website in an effort to better inform future employees about their commitment to creating a desirable ...
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  • The Growth Checklist: Do These Things Before You Scale

    It is a great feeling to experience growth. Seeing the results of your idea grow and flourish can be incredibly rewarding. After that initial surge, small business owners and executives have to determine what happens next. You can decide to follow a more typical growth model or opt to scale. A general growth model encourages adding resources at a similar rate as new business or clientele. ...
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  • Can You Change Office Behavior with Training?

    The #metoo movement has surfaced a lot of questions about office policies and how to encourage, or discourage, certain behaviors. While most of us are taught said behaviors as early as preschool, like - follow the “golden rule,” keep your hands to yourself, clean up after yourself - we sometimes forget these guidelines. Even our work environment can reflect this “forgetfulness” because we don’t ...
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  • Hire, Fire, and Aspire: 3 Key Times Your Business Needs the Law on Its Side

    I was at an event with other small business owners speaking about the myriad of issues nearly every business owner faces. I attend a lot of these types of events and can almost guarantee that at every one of them a business owner will have a horror story about an employee. Whether it is a horrible hire, a horrible fire, or just a horrible day, it’s always (in their mind) the result of a horrible ...
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