Tag Archives | Business Law

What is a security?

You probably already know that the sale of “securities” triggers legal risks and compliance obligations, but many entrepreneurs and business owners are a little fuzzy on the precise definition of a “security.” Most know that any sale of corporate stock counts as the sale of securities, but the statutory definition is actually much broader. The […]

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How do I keep former employees from competing against me?

How do I keep former employees from competing against me? After investing the time and money that it takes to launch a new, successful business, it is not surprising that many companies seek to protect their confidential information and general know-how. By signing a simple non-competition agreement (or “non-compete”) with employees or contractors, a company […]

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Leasing your Commercial Space

As a landlord, what should I consider when leasing my commercial space? The flexibility that a commercial landlord and tenant have in structuring their lease allows the parties to develop a lease that closely matches their intentions. This is often to the commercial landlord’s advantage, since many landlords have a superior bargaining position in lease […]

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What is a Trademark?

Trademarks are all around, and you probably even know them when you see them, but what are they? To answer this question we will look at (1) what they are not, (2) how you get them, and (3) how they’re used. The difference between trademarks and copyrights A trademark is not a copyright, though both […]

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New Rules for Health Insurance Waiting Periods Effective Jan 1, 2014

New Rules for Waiting Periods in 2014 An employer with a policy that requires a waiting period before an employee is eligible for health insurance coverage should review it to ensure they are compliant heading into 2014. Proposed rules implementing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act would prohibit employers from imposing waiting periods of […]

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B-Corps

With Governor John Kitzhaber’s signature of House Bill 2296 on June 18, Oregon passed a law recognizing the Benefit Corporation as a legal entity. This new legislation marks the culmination of an ongoing effort by members of the business community to gain legal recognition of business motives other than financial gain. It seems fitting that […]

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