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Protecting a company's assets by implementing succession planning

A primary area of concern for many successful businesses in Louisiana is what can be done to protect the assets they have worked so hard to accumulate and preserve. Often, the answer is a collection of resources that contributes to preventing hazardous situations from destroying their wealth. These resources can include people like attorneys, processes like cybersecurity and even strategies like succession planning. 

Creating a workplace where respect is the precedence

Going to work each day is a mundane part of life for many people in Louisiana. For lots of people, commuting the same roads, talking to the same people and completing the same tasks can get boring and dull. However, when people are part of an organization where they feel respected, appreciated and important can make a considerable difference in the motivation they feel to go to work, their productivity and their overall morale. 

What is protected by an employment contract?

After you have gone through the hiring process at your new job in Louisiana, your cooperation has been requested in signing an employment contract. While you have agreed to sign your name on the dotted line, you may be questioning the purpose or necessity of an employment contract when you have already verbally committed to doing your job and being loyal to the organization. 

Independent contractors, misclassification and legal action

Business owners may encounter a number of hurdles in their daily operations and running a company of any size can be stressful, even when things are moving forward smoothly. However, unexpected problems can arise at any time, and they can be very tough for someone who runs a business. Sometimes, these hurdles may involve legal action, and a business owner may not be prepared for litigation or the potential consequences that could arise as a result of the lawsuit. In some instances, current and former staff members or contractors decide to file suit, such as a worker who claims that they were misclassified as an independent contractor.

Dealing with a lawsuit as an older business owner

Legal action can be challenging for any business owner, whether they have been successfully running a company for decades or they recently launched a small business. For some people, litigation can be particularly difficult to deal with, such as those who are facing other hardships in their personal and professional lives. From health issues to financial concerns, there are many other factors that may need to be taken into consideration when a lawsuit surfaces. Some older adults are dealing with these other difficulties and it is important to do everything you can to focus on your business’ interests if you are in this position.

What are the exceptions to at-will employment?

A scenario in which your employer simply walks up and fires you from your employment in Baton Rouge for no good reason is likely inconceivable to you. After all, you have to have done something to warrant being fired, right? Not necessarily. Like many states, Louisiana subscribes to the philosophy of "at-will" employment. Indeed, Title IX, Article 2747 of Louisiana's Civil Code states than an employer can dismiss you without giving any reason for doing so. 

Business litigation and the food industry

Business owners may face a multitude of challenges when they find themselves in the courtroom, and this is especially true for those in the food industry. If you run a restaurant, day-to-day operations may be challenging, and you may be in a particularly tough spot if a lawsuit surfaces. Whether you are taken to court by a competitor, one of your customers or someone who works (or used to work) for your restaurant, these lawsuits can be difficult to deal with and they may have a significant impact on the future of your establishment.

What are some common legal issues business owners should avoid?

Today’s world and Louisiana’s economy lends itself to the opportunity for many to start small businesses, both online and brick and mortar stores. As a small business grows, it is likely to face legal challenges that were not present in the beginning. You can head those off before they begin if you are prepared for them.

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