Unpaid Interns

Arrangements between “for profit” companies and unpaid interns can lead to rewarding experiences for both parties. Interns benefit by receiving valuable real-world experience, mentorship, and connections. Companies get the opportunity to give back to students and help strengthen their industry. However, unpaid internships are not without issues and the legal landscape is shifting to require [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:36+00:00February 27th, 2017|Business, Employment, HR, Legislative Updates, Small Business|Comments Off on Unpaid Interns

Oregon Paid Sick Leave Law

Recently, Oregon joined a growing number of cities and states adopting laws which provide for sick leave for employees. The new law which becomes effective on January 1, 2016 will apply to substantially all Oregon employers. However, only employers with ten or more employees will be required to provide paid sick leave. Employers with nine [...]

By |2015-09-29T18:40:29+00:00July 29th, 2015|Business, Employment, HR, Legislative Updates, Small Business|Comments Off on Oregon Paid Sick Leave Law

It May be Time Revisit Your Employee Handbook

I didn’t foresee the day when words like “disrespectful, rude, disruptive or inappropriate” when used in an Employee Handbook would potentially land a business in hot water with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). The “what?” you say. The NLRB is the federal government agency charged with enforcing provisions of the National Labor Relations Act [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:36+00:00July 8th, 2015|Business, Corporate Counsel, Employment, HR, Small Business|Comments Off on It May be Time Revisit Your Employee Handbook

Boilerplate: Understanding those Miscellaneous Terms at the End of Every Contract

Have you ever had the experience of trying to read a contract while the person waiting for you to sign dismissively tells you those terms on the last couple pages are just boilerplate, as though they aren't very important to the agreement? While that may be the common understanding, it just isn't the case. Boilerplate [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:36+00:00December 4th, 2014|Business, Contracts, Small Business|Comments Off on Boilerplate: Understanding those Miscellaneous Terms at the End of Every Contract

501(c)(3) Application process has been simplified for certain entities.

Update: The early returns are in, and the Form 1023-EZ appears to be significantly speeding up the approval process for tax-exempt status. The average age of pending applications has decreased to approximately two months (at the time of the initial post, it was approximately nine months). Indeed, we have seen an organization receive approval of [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:36+00:00July 21st, 2014|Business, Fundrasing, Non Profit, Small Business|Comments Off on 501(c)(3) Application process has been simplified for certain entities.

Fixed Fee Legal

Fixed Fee Legal: How general counsels are creating value beyond the billable hour We all know that the business of law is changing. Since the economic decline of 2008, firms nationwide have had to find new ways to control costs and drive value. In this environment, fixed fee legal arrangements have become a key player. [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:36+00:00June 23rd, 2014|Business, Corporate Counsel, Small Business|Comments Off on Fixed Fee Legal

Securities – Revenue Capital Investing

Securities Law – Revenue Capital Investing Many companies in need of growth capital have grown beyond the traditional equity investment phase, but are still not the correct bank-profile fit for straight debt. In addition, some companies are not prime exit-scenario candidates, which can also limit their ability to raise venture funding. Similarly, some investors prefer to [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:36+00:00June 2nd, 2014|Business, Fundrasing, Raising Capital, Securities, Small Business|Comments Off on Securities – Revenue Capital Investing

Trademark Basics

What are the basics of trademark registration? Most of our clients are aware of the fact that they will need some sort of trademark protection for their brand. The two most common questions we receive in connection with trademarks are when should you register a mark and how. When do I need a trademark registration? [...]

By |2018-03-22T19:21:38+00:00April 22nd, 2014|Business, Intellectual Property, Small Business, Trademark|Comments Off on Trademark Basics