The Significance of Trust, Especially in Business

The significance of trust is critical to building a relationship that furthers improvement, growth, productivity, involvement, high energy and a unified team.   This applies to business and personal relationships.  Think about a relationship or organization where the trust among people was cherished and valued.  More than likely, that relationship resulted in an efficiency and effectiveness of furthering the work …

Testifying before Congress, Court or a Deposition | Tips To Consider When Giving Your Testimony

Testifying before Congress, Court or a Deposition Testifying before Congress, in Court or in a deposition is something many people do not celebrate. I read some recent articles about Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Valeant,  and his recent testimony before Congress. Regardless of the issues surrounding Valeant and its corporate leadership, giving your testimony requires planning and preparation. It has been …

Hiring for Culture of the Company | What You Need to Know Before Your Next Hire

Tips on Hiring For Culture Protection There is no secret about the importance of hiring for company culture.  Every business has a culture.  Culture is generally defined as the customs, beliefs and values of a particular group of people.  Some cultures are developed by accident while others are developed with intention.  Typically, we all like to be in an environment …

Webinar: Documentation in Employee Files

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. Vann Attorneys Webinar: Documentation in Employee Files As an Employer, keeping good employment records is a must.  What documentation should you have for your employees?  What documentation should not be kept?  How long do you need to keep the records?  These topics and others will be discussed during our webinar.  If you …

So You Want to Start a Business | Raleigh Law Firm

Many people in America dream of owning their own business. Every day, people quit their jobs and risk everything so they can have the freedom and control to make their own way in the business world. Many who become entrepreneurs certainly have the business knowledge and experience to be successful. Unfortunately, even great entrepreneurs fail to consider the legal aspects …

Non-Compete Agreements in North Carolina | Raleigh Law Firm

Non-compete agreements are now a very common component of employment contracts. Generally, these agreements serve a useful purpose: they help keep markets and industries healthy by restricting companies from stealing each other’s employees solely to obtain clients or confidential information to damage their competitors. Smaller companies and startups are especially likely to rely on non-compete agreements to protect themselves from …

Social Media’s Impact on Employment | Raleigh Law Firm

Imagine you sent one of your top sales people to close a multi-million dollar deal with a large client. However, the deal falls through and you later find out it is because your sales person made numerous disparaging remarks about the company, its service, and its products. After proper investigation and documenting of the facts, it is determined that the …

Independent Contractors/Employees Latest News from the Internal Revenue Service

As a business owner, how do you classify the people who work for you? Are they independent contractors or employees? The classification is important and can be scrutinized by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and others. The distinction between an employee and an independent contractor is important for several reasons. The following are a few areas of importance: Impacts tax …

Am I Liable For Giving Job References?

Am I Liable For Giving Job References? By James R. VannAttorney at Law   As an employer, you have probably been asked to give a job reference for a former or current employee. If that employee had a record of unsatisfactory job performance, it is likely you agonized over the information you provided. You may have been afraid to give …