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  • California continues to stamp out non-competes: SB 699 and AB 1076

    California continues to stamp out non-competes: SB 699 and AB 1076

    What is Senate Bill 699? California is expanding its longstanding prohibition on noncompete agreements in 2024. Effective Jan. 1, 2024, Senate Bill 699 prohibits employers from entering into noncompete agreements regardless of where and when the agreement was signed. AB 1076 creates a new notice requirement for employers. In other words, even if an employee—current…

  • Skimping on legal services can be the most expensive mistake you make

    Free or cheap online legal resources can cost you—and the price isn’t just monetary. Business owners beware: What seems like a quick shortcut could steer you into legal headaches and financial pitfalls. We’ve seen it over and over. People who cut corners on legal counsel are gambling in a space where the house always wins.…

  • The Perils of a Successful Business 

    The Perils of a Successful Business 

    Incredible growth and revenue in a business might sound like good news, right? However, as your company grows, so do your liability and legal risk. Growth presents a new set of challenges that leave your business vulnerable to lawsuits, issues with compliance, and unexpected corporate complexity. As your business grows, the issues and opportunities you…

  • What health issues can the DOT disqualify commercial vehicle drivers?

    One qualification of having a commercial driver’s license is being able to pass a physical exam. Because of the massive size and weight of commercial vehicles, it’s critical that these drivers can operate their rigs safely. The Department of Transportation physical is critically important for anyone who makes a living as a commercial driver.  Some medical…

  • How vicarious liability can impact commercial transportation firms

    How vicarious liability can impact commercial transportation firms

    Semi-truck collisions can be incredibly expensive for everyone involved. Crash victims could face severe injuries and property damage losses. A commercial driver could be at risk of injury and possibly the loss of their commercial driver’s license. Their employer could also have some degree of liability for the wreck in question. Discussions about transportation company…

  • What is Actual Knowledge?

    What is Actual Knowledge?

    Truck drivers are never supposed to operate their vehicles while under the influence of controlled substances or alcohol. If an employer has actual knowledge that this has occurred, the driver should not be allowed to work in that condition. But what does “actual knowledge” mean? This definition can be very important if there are accusations…

  • DOT regulations – when do you need a medical certificate?

    DOT regulations – when do you need a medical certificate?

    Driving a commercial vehicle comes with more responsibilities and regulations than personal vehicles. This includes requiring some commercial drivers to obtain a Department of Transportation (DOT) medical certificate.  Part of DOT regulations is a certification process that is a safeguard to ensure that drivers are physically and mentally fit to operate commercial vehicles safely. But…

  • 3 worker behaviors transportation companies can penalize

    3 worker behaviors transportation companies can penalize

    Transportation companies assume a lot of risk with every load that one of their drivers transports. A late delivery could result in a lower payment from a disappointed client. A violation of any of the numerous transportation laws could lead to fines against the business and possibly a driver becoming ineligible to haul loads for…

  • Could a truck driver’s health issues lead to a preventable crash?

    Could a truck driver’s health issues lead to a preventable crash?

    Successful transportation companies have to balance efficiency and profitability with safety. The desire to prevent collisions comes not just from concerns about a company’s reputation but also the financial responsibility the business would likely have for any crash caused by one of its drivers.  Proper training for drivers is important, as is adequate maintenance of…

  • When can one company enforce trademark rights against another?

    A business’s brand can draw consumers in or potentially alienate them. Organizations often invest huge amounts of money to develop a brand and market to consumers. A company’s logo or trademarked image can play an important role in setting it apart from the competition. Unfortunately, simply registering a trademark does not automatically protect a business…

  • 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 are the limits on utilizing long combination vehicles?

    What are the limits on utilizing long combination vehicles?

    Many commercial transportation companies operate with relatively small profit margins. After providing a competitive wage for their workers, investing in vehicle maintenance and paying for other operating expenses, they may have very little left over to pay out as dividends to shareholders or as profits to a business owner. Those who own or operate trucking…

  • Why does your website need a terms of service agreement?

    Why does your website need a terms of service agreement?

    Your website is your company’s window to the world – and, in today’s business environment, it’s arguably more important than any brick-and-mortar storefront might ever be. That means that you need to make sure that you protect it (and everything on it). One of the best tools at your disposal is a terms of service (TOS)…

  • FMCSA to consider waivers to trucker break requirements

    In recent years, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) has overruled two attempts by individual states to impose stricter rules regarding rests and breaks on drivers passing through their territory. That may be about to change. The FMCSA recently announced that it will consider giving waivers when a state requests it. California and Washington…

  • 3 times workers could try to pursue a claim over unpaid wages

    Employers in California must carefully abide by both federal and state wage rules. Federal rules include requirements to maintain certain payroll records even after someone leaves a company, as well as minimum pay standards and overtime pay requirements. Several California laws expand on those federal rules, meaning that business is operating in California may be…

  • How to protect your trade secrets

    To stand out from the competition, your business needs to be unique. This is where intellectual property comes in. Trade secrets are an important part of intellectual property. They relate to unique methods, practices, designs and processes. If your trade secrets fall into the wrong hands, then years of hard work can be undone. The…

  • 2 types of semi-truck safety gear that are worth upgrading

    Cost management is a key component of operating a successful transportation business. After factoring in maintenance, wages and fuel expenses, some transportation companies may have relatively small profit margins. Keeping vehicle maintenance costs as low as possible is also important, although obviously maintaining a fleet and top operating condition is also crucial for safety and…

  • 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…