Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

3 most important cases for corporate America in the upcoming Supreme Court term

Icon Written by CPorterEsq on September 29, 2011 – 10:41 am

The Supreme Court’s 2011-2012 term begins in four days. Putting aside the health-care fracas, there aren’t any blockbuster business cases on the court’s docket that rank with last term’s Wal-Mart and AT&T cases, which made it more difficult to bring class actions. There are, however, several cases of note which could impact corporate America. Here […]

Washington State to work with Labor Department and IRS to crack down on employee wage violations

Icon Written by CPorterEsq on September 19, 2011 – 8:26 am

Labor Secretary Hilda Solis has made increased enforcement of federal wage-and-hour laws a top priority since she took office in 2009. The department has focused on industries where so-called “wage theft” is considered a problem, including the hotel, restaurant, janitorial, health care, construction, and day care industries. Now the U.S. Labor Department is signing agreements […]

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Getting Comfortable With Contracts

Icon Written by CPorterEsq on April 15, 2011 – 1:40 pm

A few weeks ago I came across an interesting question on Quora: “What is good advice for how to deal with a client who refuses to pay for design work because of obviously false/irrational reasons?” Putting aside the passive-aggressive nature of the question, the issue of getting paid is important for many small business owners. […]

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The Danger of Poor Documentation and How to Avoid It

Icon Written by CPorterEsq on April 7, 2011 – 11:54 am

Note: This article was originally published in my quarterly print newsletter that came out April 1, 2011. If you are not on my mailing list but would like to be among the first to get tools for running a successful business delivered directly to you, please email me. One of the biggest mistakes I see […]

Corporate successor liability in a 100 words or less

Icon Written by CPorterEsq on February 2, 2011 – 2:09 pm

A few days ago a potential client approached me to help her buy a business. One of her chief concerns, with good reason, was liability for the business’s past actions. She wanted to make sure that the mistakes of her predecessors didn’t result in problems for her or the business later. Since this is a […]


15 tips for performing an annual business checkup

Icon Written by CPorterEsq on January 4, 2011 – 3:10 pm

Last month, Chicago Business bLAWg posted 18 tips for completing a year-end business checkup. I thought they were a good reminder for every business owner, so I’ve compiled the 15 most useful tips here in no particular order and added my own thoughts. Annual Business Checkup Perform aging reports on your accounts receivables (A/R). You […]