Author: Matthew

  • Why do you need a partnership agreement?

    A partnership agreement is crucial if you’re starting a business with someone else. You need a contract that defines this new relationship and the company. However, this is a step that many people skip, simply deciding that they trust their new business partner and they don’t need to have it in writing. This is a…

  • What do business owners need to know about AI’s effect on IP?

    As a business owner, it’s crucial to protect your intellectual property (IP). You must also ensure you do not infringe on anyone else’s IP rights, as doing so could prove expensive. The development of artificial intelligence (AI) systems has made this even more challenging. Here’s why: AI learns from existing information AI doesn’t just pluck things out…

  • How to protect your company website

    Offering goods and services for a competitive price is the cornerstone of any business. This has always been the case, even before the development of the Internet. However, there is no denying that the online realm has changed the way that most businesses operate. In fact, some studies indicate that over 25% of all business activities are…

  • 2 ways new technology can benefit a trucking business 

    Embracing new technology in your trucking can be difficult and expensive. It might be hard to see how it will benefit you and why you need to invest. After all, things are just fine the way you’ve been doing them right?  With so much new technology and the advancements of AI on the market, it…

  • Will speed limiters soon be a requirement on semi-trucks?

    Both legal compliance and fleet maintenance are crucial for the financial success of a commercial transportation company. There are many federal laws that apply to commercial transportation companies, and the owners and executives operating these businesses must do their best to adhere to those regulations. Of course, federal requirements for semi-trucks and their drivers frequently…

  • Hours of service compliance benefits trucking companies

    The trucking world has unique challenges and regulations, including the Hours of Service limits. Designed to ensure safety on the road, these regulations stipulate the maximum amount of time drivers are permitted to operate commercial vehicles, mitigating the risks of fatigue-related accidents. Trucking companies can use various methods and tools to adhere to these rules.…

  • How costly are ELD violations for trucking companies?

    The electronic logging device (ELD) installed in a commercial truck creates a thorough record of when a driver is at the wheel and how long they have been working during a shift. The transition away from physical log books occurred in part because of how easy it was for drivers to alter them or even…

  • Federal lawmakers could soon vote to improve semi-truck parking

    Although commercial vehicles represent a significant portion of the traffic on modern roads, much of the infrastructure in the United States doesn’t adequately support these large vehicles. For example, there are many rural routes and old, two-lane bridges not rated to handle the weight of commercial vehicles. There is also often a dearth of adequate…

  • Why being proactive about trademarks can make or break a company

    Being proactive about trademark protection can have a significant impact on the success and longevity of a company. Trademarks are vital assets that distinguish a business from its competitors and build brand recognition among consumers.  There are, ultimately, several reasons why being proactive about trademark protection can make or break a company. As a result, business owners…

  • How to protect your brand from “brandalism”

    Brandalism is a term used to describe the intentional defacement or alteration of a brand’s logo, tagline or other visual identity elements. This can be done in many ways, such as graffiti, unauthorized use of a brand’s logo or parody ads that mock or satirize a company’s marketing campaigns. Brandalism can damage a brand’s reputation,…

  • Could a side underride mandate be imminent?

    For years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has mandated the installation of rear underride guards as a means of protecting the public from catastrophic collisions with commercial vehicles. Rear underride guards help protect motorists who accidentally strike the back end of a commercial trailer. By contrast, side underride guards serve as a way…

  • What to know about filing a provisional patent

    Filing a provisional patent can be an important step for inventors or businesses that want to protect their invention or product without immediately incurring the costs of a full patent application.  A provisional patent application is a temporary application that can provide you with some protection while you develop your invention or gather the necessary resources to…

  • What should you include in an employment agreement?

    As a business owner, you want to ensure that your employees are well taken care of and that everyone is on the same page regarding their job responsibilities. To ensure this, creating an employment agreement is crucial.  An employment agreement outlines the terms of the employee’s role and rights, such as duties and wages. It should…

  • 2 important considerations regarding background checks when hiring

    Hiring new drivers means accepting a certain degree of risk and potential liability, as any new employee could make major mistakes on the job. Some people have a history of making mistakes that could impact their reliability or overall safety at the wheel. A proper background check is crucial to making informed choices about whom…

  • Can your company slogan be protected? 

    The corporate world is competitive and your business is always looking for ways to get ahead and stay ahead. You have fair prices, quality goods and services and an honest reputation. This makes you a favorite among people within your community.  Nonetheless, you are always looking to expand and you and your team have recently…

  • 4 tips for keeping your trucking company safe

    Due to their size, weight and the load they carry, trucks can cause accidents. For this reason, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) develops data-driven regulations and educates motor carriers on safety measures to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities involving trucks.  Nonetheless, you should also ensure that your company is safe. Here are four tips that…

  • How to prepare for an upcoming DOT audit

    If you employ CMD drivers that you move property or passengers, drive a vehicle with a gross vehicle weight rating over 10,000 pounds and follow the set FMCSA regulations, you know DOT audits are part of the landscape.  While this is true, they can still be stressful. After all, failing this audit may cause issues…

  • 2 causes of unpaid overtime claims

    As an employer and business owner, you must follow federal and state employment laws. By failing to comply with these laws, your business could face many legal and financial repercussions. For example, your employees likely have the right to overtime pay, which increases to one and one-half of what you already pay them. You likely don’t…

  • Do you need a reason to terminate an employee?

    If you inform one of your employees that you are firing them and the following day will be their final one with the company, they may be frustrated. They may claim that you need to have a reason or that you need to give them advance warning. But is any of this true? California is…

  • Setting a safety standard for the trucking industry

    If you work in the trucking industry, you already know you must follow the rules set by the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration). These rules were created to keep everyone on the roads safe. One of the most discussed requirements is abiding by the FMCSA hours of service (HOS) regulations. Understanding the HOS The HOS sets…