More than just charity, philanthropy is a long-term strategic plan to address specific social needs. It involves the contribution of time, talent and treasure. And, when effectively implemented on a corporate level, it’s good for business and the community.
Software licensing audits can be stressful and result in substantial legal problems and costs. However, strategic planning – as outlined in 10 steps I offer below – may allow company owners and executives to save their energy for growing their business instead of sweating out an audit.
While some potential issues exist, I believe the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 should be beneficial to many companies because of the possible increased trade secret protection and aggressive potential remedies that it will provide.
While traditional nondisclosure agreements may protect trade secrets when parties wish to discuss a potential business transaction, NDAs may also jeopardize the strong protections already available under Florida law.
Businesses with Clean Air Act permits should be monitoring the new Florida Department of Environmental Protection rulemaking process to ensure that the numeric limits or work practices changes are realistic and do not unnecessarily increase the risk of enforcement or third-party litigation.
HB 549 adds statutory penalties for businesses ($1 million) and individuals ($100,000) targeted under the RICO act.
Changes in the federal Americans with Disabilities Act have, over the years, broadly expanded the group of medical conditions requiring accommodation by employers – including conditions not currently affecting an employee’s health.
Three of the most valuable assets of businesses are trade secrets, customer relationships and employees. Noncompete agreements can be an effective tool to protect these assets.
Significant recent developments for the EPA rule defining waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) include adverse GAO findings & a defunding attempt. Most important for Florida, the WOTUS rule will decide what waters are considered federal wetlands and require a permit from the Army Corps of Engineers before being altered (as well as involving review under the Endangered Species Act).
Litigators often depend on demonstrative evidence and exhibits to help make a persuasive argument, and to help increase understanding and retention levels of juries. However, too little time and effort is spent on the creation of such evidence – especially when, to be effective, demonstrative evidence requires meticulous preparation.