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Whistleblower protections after safety violations

When you have concerns about your health or safety at work, you may address them first by speaking with your coworkers to see if they are as worried as you are. After all, you don't want to make a fuss unnecessarily if it is only your own imagination or paranoia getting the best of you. However, sometimes, those concerns are genuine, especially if you are certain your safety is on the line because your employer is not complying with U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules. This may be the right time to make a fuss.

If you have approached your safety officer, your employer and your employer's supervisor but no one seems interested in addressing your safety concerns, you may be nervous about taking the next step. Perhaps you never imagined yourself to be the whistleblower type. However, you have a right to a safe work environment, and OSHA regulations can protect you as you assert this right.

Did you purchase contaminated commercial property?

One of the biggest parts of your business overhead is the cost of the physical location of your company. For some entrepreneurs, this is as simple as a room in their homes. Others may rent office space in a building. Some business owners want the control of owning their own commercial property.

When you looked for a place to purchase for your business, you had many things to consider. Price and location were among the most important factors, but you also wanted to have a solid idea of the condition of the building and its property. While you expected the seller to comply with Texas laws for disclosing material defects and other concerns, this does not always happen. You may find you have purchased a property with serious environmental contamination.

Covering all the bases in your partnership agreement

A partnership can be a purely business arrangement or a more intimate relationship. You may have joined with a friend or family member to start a business, or you may have sought out someone who could provide the capital, networking or other resources you needed. You may have a silent partner or someone who has a more visible and equal share in the day-to-day workings of the business.

Since each partnership may have its unique elements, it follows that their partnership contracts will have unique terms. However, in most partnership agreements, certain elements are universally beneficial. To reduce the chances that you and your partner will run into disputes that could jeopardize the future of your Texas business, you would be wise to consider including these terms in your contract.

3 construction defects to avoid when completing a project

Working in construction is a serious job. You may have known that starting your own construction company in Texas would come with many risks because it is a dangerous profession, and issues with projects can easily arise. Of course, you intended to do your best work and ensure that your clients were satisfied with the projects.

Unfortunately, just like any business, you face the risk of having lawsuits brought against your company if a client is unhappy with the work. You undoubtedly do not want to face such an ordeal, so you do your part to lessen the likelihood of defects or other issues resulting from the work your company performs.

Construction contracts need to consider the weather

The weather seems to have become more and more unpredictable in recent years. Moreover, extreme and unusual weather could happen at any time. While people in most professions can simply go with the flow, those in the construction industry can't always do that.

In most cases, if the weather is bad, work comes to a halt if you work construction. This can make it challenging to finish a project on time as a general contractor. Therefore, your construction contracts need to take into account delays due to the weather. The more leeway you can work into them, the less likely it is that you will sustain significant losses.

Are you ready to file a legal claim for the sake of your company?

As a Texas business owner, you may have already found yourself facing a number of issues despite your relatively short time in operation. While this may have concerned you at first, you have likely come to realize that problem solving is simply a part of running a business. In some cases, finding the right solutions may come easily to you, and in others, you may have had to ponder long and hard about the right way to handle a particular issue.

If you believe that a person or another company has caused a problem with your business, you may not know the best way to go about addressing it. First, you may want to approach the other party and discuss the matter personally. This does not necessarily have to happen in person, and you could choose to send a letter detailing your concerns. If the other party does not respond or continues to cause issues, you may consider taking legal action.

Mediation, Arbitration, Negotiation: What are they?

When facing a business dispute, you may want to consider an alternative dispute resolution (ADR). This type of resolution includes mediation, arbitration and negotiation. All ADR methods avoid court litigation.

Avoiding litigation by ADR methods may be beneficial for companies that want to save time and money. Alternative dispute resolution meetings are informal and privately held. Businesses may be able to avoid public scrutiny through ADR.

4 pros of recruiting through Facebook (and 3 pitfalls)

It’s no secret that social media has changed the way we live. It’s changed the way we read the news, the way we shop, date, communicate. And because social media has changed the way we look for work, it might be a good idea to invest in social media when hiring too.

As of 2019, almost half of the world’s population use social media. On native soil, more than half of U.S. adults use Facebook (for at least a couple hours a day). That means businesses can (and probably should) be expanding their digital reach through social media platforms. This includes recruiting new hires.

Intellectual property is real property to be safeguarded

Many entrepreneurs first begin to think very seriously about intellectual property law after they’ve suffered a damaging loss.

Business and commerce now increasingly revolves around information and ideas, not just in advertising and innovative technology, but anywhere ideas are hatched and data is used.

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