Author: Matthew

  • 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…

  • 2 kinds of cameras that can help protect transportation companies

    Most specialized safety equipment utilized by commercial transportation companies is necessary to comply with federal law. You need to have federally-compliant underride guards on all of the trailers your company uses, for example. Electronic logging devices (ELDs) are another example of safety equipment that companies must install in their fleet vehicles to comply with federal law. There…

  • Why your logo is worth protecting

    There are very few markets that remain untapped. This doesn’t mean you cannot succeed in your chosen sector, but it does mean that you need to stand out from the crowd. One of the most simple, yet effective, ways to do this is through your logo. A logo may not sound like a big deal,…

  • California’s pay transparency law took effect Jan. 1

    Being a responsible California employer means keeping up with a steady stream of new laws – most enacted to protect the rights of employees. By staying in compliance with these laws, you can help protect your business from costly and time-consuming litigation. An important new law took effect Jan. 1 of the new year. It…

  • What the FMCSA just decided about hair tests

    Substance abuse disorders are a major safety concern for motor carrier companies. Workers who drink or use drugs are often not forthcoming about those habits and could easily cause expensive crashes while on the job. Transportation businesses may end up facing large insurance claims or sometimes even civil lawsuits if one of their drivers comes…

  • What should you include in a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)?

    Businesses use Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs) to protect confidential and important information from landing in the wrong hands. Basically, an NDA establishes how two parties (like employers and employees or business partners) will interact with the confidential information. However, for an NDA to be enforceable, it must contain certain elements. Besides naming the parties involved, here…

  • Protecting your company against a claim of age discrimination

    After looking at your employees, you made the decision to let some of them go. You probably did not even think of this, but the age span of every worker laid off was a broad one. Some were in their thirties and one or two were in their fifties and sixties. You are reading a…

  • Protect your intellectual property with these simple methods

    An original idea, invention or trade secret can set your business apart, increase its value and give it a competitive edge. However, as your market competition grows, so does the risk of intellectual property (IP) theft.  Basically, intellectual property theft happens when your business’ crucial information, ideas, inventions, patents, trademarks and other intellectual property is…

  • Non-solicitation agreements can protect your client list

    It could take years of networking and relationship-building to create a client list that never fails you. You have a roster of businesses or individuals that want the services or goods that your company has to provide, and these same clients have consistently patronized your business for years. It is only natural to want to…

  • Common reasons why insurance companies deny car accident claims

    People who are hurt in a car accident often must figure out how to pursue the liable party for damages and part of this involves dealing with the insurance company.  While you might think that you have a valid claim, it is not uncommon for car insurance companies to dispute and, at times, successfully deny…

  • 3 steps to avoiding intellectual property disputes

    As a business, you need to protect your intellectual property and take care not to infringe on anyone else’s property rights. A failure to do either could lead to a complex dispute and preventing problems is generally far easier than resolving them. Here are three steps you can take: Check who holds the rights when…

  • Could edits and annotations draw attention to carrier practices?

    Legal compliance for freight carriers often requires substantial investments. Companies need to purchase and maintain special equipment and may even need to hire regulatory specialists who help ensure the company and all of its drivers remain in compliance with all federal transportation rules, like the Hours of Service rules. The transition to electronic logging devices…

  • 3 serious concerns related to worker misclassification claims

    Your business has a lot of operating costs that it cannot control and others that it can take special steps to minimize. Employment costs are one of the biggest regular expenses your organization has to cover, and there are numerous ways that you might reduce those expenses. Classifying some employees as independent contractors might seem…

  • How do you deal with a copycat competitor? 

    There are very few markets that remain completely untapped. This means that whatever line of business you enter, it can be tricky to make it. It’s certainly possible though, with the right methods, technology and branding. These unique components of your business comprise part of your intellectual property. You have ownership rights to this and…

  • Are there risks for the FMCSA under-21 program

    Recent years have discovered issues with the supply chain in the trucking industry. In order to keep the nation moving, officials are seeking solutions that were previously dismissed. Specifically, a new proposal would allow younger commercial drivers to cross state lines. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is seeking to…

  • 3 types of intellectual property rights

    If you have a business idea such as a name, invention or symbol, it helps to seek legal protection for your work. In so doing, you will establish rightful ownership while preventing unlawful use or abuse of your property. There are several ways to protect your intellectual property, and identifying the right type of protection is very…

  • Protecting a growing business from employee harassment claims

    As your company grows, you will need more workers to meet the demand for the services or goods you provide. Increasing demand will eventually mean that you need to hire more workers. Each of those new employees will increase the chances of conflict among your staff members. When you only have a few employees, you…