Customers and clients have a wide variety of outlets for expressing their views about businesses' products and services. Most people choose social media sites like Yelp or Google. Amazon includes online reviews. Many people use neighborhood sites like Nextdoor to express their opinions, good and bad, on local businesses.
You've recently started a business. Things are looking promising. You will soon need to hire more people to help keep up with your success and plans for growth. You'll likely also be promoting people who have been with you from the start to more senior positions with greater responsibility. The last thing you need is an accusation of discrimination in your employment decisions.
Businesses often require employees and others who work for them, such as independent contractors, to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs). They can protect information about the company, including trade secrets and other intellectual property, from getting into the hands of those who could profit from it or use it to hurt the business and its owners.
When you begin a business partnership, it's essential to put a solid, detailed operating agreement in place. That's true whether you're forming a partnership with your best friend since kindergarten, your brother-in-law, a longtime work colleague or someone you barely know.
If you own a trucking company, you know how difficult it is these days to get qualified, experienced drivers. Many companies are relaxing their rules and hiring younger and/or older drivers than they did in the past. They may not be able to meet the demand for their services without hiring drivers who don't have pristine driving records or don't have many hours behind the wheel of large commercial trucks.
Craft beers have become all the rage in recent years. Many beer drinkers are switching from the famous beers that have been around since their parents' and grandparents' days to those produced by craft breweries, which are small, independent companies. According to the Brewers Association, craft beers made up 12 percent of the U.S. beer market in 2016.
Businesses that deal in products where intellectual property is key often require all employees (and sometimes even people who interview for jobs) to sign a nondisclosure agreement (NDA). These documents bind the parties who sign them from disclosing or misusing confidential information they become privy to as part of their work.
No matter what sector of the work force you work in, many aspects of the work you do for your employer should be kept confidential. Some employers prefer to legally protect their interests by having you sign a nondisclosure or confidentiality agreement.
North Carolina has been the center of controversy over transgender people's rights to use public restrooms designated for the gender with which they identify. Now a North Carolina woman who was a plaintiff in that legal battle is suing Wal-Mart Stores Inc.