Monthly Archives: March 2016

Organic vs. Non-GMO Foods

Increasingly health-conscious consumers are giving a boost to both organic foods and non-genetically modified foods. According to, consumers’ desire for production transparency and clear labeling is leading food producers to remove artificial ingredients, trans fats, and high-fructose corn syrup, as well as including organic and non-GMO seals on their labels. For example, as this

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Looking at IRS Section 83

It is a common practice for companies to grant stock and options to their employees as compensation over and above a regular salary. While it is clear that income taxes on salary are due in the year that it is received, it is less clear when and what kind of taxes are due on property.

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Can Historical Names be Trademarked?

A trademark is used to identify and distinguish one company’s goods or services from another’s.  Trademarks can be words, combinations of words, signs, symbols, or designs. A trademark used over time creates brand equity by leading customers to associate quality and value with a particular business’s products. A company’s trademarks are therefore valuable intellectual property.

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Joint Employment Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

New guidance from the Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division puts employers on notice that the DOL is turning its sights more aggressively towards pursuing “joint employers” for violations of federal wage and hour laws. Read on for more about what this could mean for your business. The Fair Labor Standards Act The DOL’s

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Campbell Soup to Disclose GMO Ingredients on Labels

The World Health Organization describes genetically modified foods as “foods derived from organisms whose genetic material (DNA) has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally.” What this means, as the Genetic Science Learning Center (GSLC) of the University of Utah explains, is that the technology now exists to allow scientists to transfer

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The FTC Looks at Big Data

In January 2016, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released a report entitled, “Big Data: A Tool for Inclusion or Exclusion?” In this report, the Commission examined whether certain uses of big data might violate federal laws and regulations. According to the FTC, the intent of its report is to educate businesses on important laws and

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What is Presenteeism?

All employers are familiar with absenteeism – habitual employee absences from work, often without good reason. Recently, however, absenteeism’s opposite – known as presenteeism – is being explored as a workplace problem as well. Presenteeism is defined as the practice of attending work while sick or injured, and it can impose unexpected costs. While absenteeism

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Why Have an Employee Handbook?

If your business is a small-to-medium-sized employer, you may wonder whether there are any real benefits to having an employee handbook. The answer is, of course there are – even employers with only a few workers benefit from having all their policies and practices in writing, all in one place, easily accessible to all your

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In the Sharing Economy, Who is an Employee?

Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are part of the new so-called “sharing economy,” made up of companies that work by matching up people looking for a service with others who can provide that service. This new economic model raises a familiar question to those who follow employment law issues: Are workers in this new

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