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What will prominently feature this year on the labor landscape?

Give and take.

If there is a mantra to closely define employment law developments in California and across the country in 2018, that short push-and-pull depiction might serve just fine. It seeks to impart the notion that both employers and employees will make gains and suffer a few setbacks.

Securing financing: obviously key for many entrepreneurs

There is likely no busier or preoccupied person on earth than a business entrepreneur engaged in multiple tasks relevant to launching a new and exciting enterprise.

Truly, the list of considerations is long, ranging from corporate form and decisions central to business products/services to employee hiring and regulatory approvals.

Know your plan to help your business succeed

Starting a new business has the potential to be a lot of fun, and it's probably a major dream of yours. There are things you should know as you begin. There are many planning steps that could help you on the path to opening a successful business.

To start with, every business should have a business plan. Having a business plan is necessary if you need a loan, but even if not, it may help you understand what you need to do, and when, to make your business as successful as possible.

Can a person be fired because of a disability?

Employment discrimination is against the law in various circumstances, which is something for both employees and employers to know. For instance, employers aren't allowed to turn down a potential employee just because he or she has a disability. As long as an individual is capable of performing the job, he or she should receive a fair chance at employment.

If someone develops a disability after being on the job, he or she should not face retaliation or be fired simply because of the disability. There are cases when an individual can't continue at a job because he or she can't do the work, and that's a fair reason to have the individual leave. However, simply letting an employee go because he or she is handicapped is against the law.

Protecting intellectual property protects your business

Intellectual property is an important asset for any business. Every startup needs to consider how it can protect its ideas and plans for the future. It has to protect its products and its way of doing things. Intellectual property comes in many forms, but knowing how to protect it is important.

To start with, you need to know what you should protect. Patent anything that is important to your business and anything that might be important to others. For example, if you design a new product that you don't think others will want, you might shelve it. Don't forget about it; patent it even if you don't plan on following through on its implementation. Others may come up with the same product or want yours, so you need to protect your idea and asset.

How Facebook is tackling intellectual property infringement

In the era of social media, companies have unprecedented opportunities to connect with their customers. However, with this inundation of information—that can be viewed and shared with the click of a mouse—comes elevated risk that a company brands could be misused or abused. May companies have developed social media policies, which dictate the ways in which their content may be used. However, policies alone have not proven adequate at thwarting the pervasive problem of intellectual property infringement on social media.

Facebook recently released its ninth transparency report in which—for the first time—it includes information about requests to take down content due to alleged intellectual property theft. In the first six months of the year, Facebook received upwards of 377,000 complaints related to intellectual property violations. It responded by investigating the complaints and removing more than 3 million posts from its site. Facebook received complaints in three main categories of IP infringement:

China takes strides to combat intellectual property infringement

For years, China has been known as a haven for cheap knock-offs, a veritable outlet mall of fake iPhones, Prada handbags and Nike running shoes. And it’s not just smaller items that are subject to counterfeiting; Chinese counterfeiters have been known to replicate entire American cars.

However, the tides appear to be turning, which may signal an end to the counterfeiters’ free rein. In a recent announcement, the Chinese government laid out strategic efforts to crack down on the pervasive counterfeiting culture, bolster intellectual property rights and prevent counterfeit products from being exported.

Three tips to turn your entrepreneurial aspirations into reality

Does the upcoming New Year inspire new business aspirations? For some, this could include the possibility of opening up a new enterprise. There are a number of steps that need to be taken before starting your own business, but three tips to get you started include:

Ikea responds to unsafe product concerns in California, nationally

Is Swedish furniture maker Ikea's response to a defective product concern adequate or abysmal?

Some commentators think that the company has acted ethically and diligently in a safety matter involving many millions of chests and dressers sold to consumers across the United States.

What companies can do to secure their trade secrets

Intellectual property can refer to many different legal elements. Intellectual property can be ideas, or tangible objects. They can be patents, copyrights, and trademarks. The umbrella that is IP law is quite a bit wider than many people may realize. Another area of intellectual property law that doesn't always pop into your mind when you hear the phrase "intellectual property" is trade secrets. 

Trade secrets are vital pieces of information that are intentionally kept secret from the public (and more crucially, a company's competitors) because it makes a company's product, service, or manufacturing process unique and, thus, valuable. If the information was public, everyone would use it and the value of that information would be lost.

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