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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.

Coastal Field Services defends breach of contract claim

The Pipeline construction company, Coastal Field Services recently obtained a favorable defense ruling for a charge leveled against them by a former employee. The company had allegedly offered the employee a 2% ownership stake in exchange for staying with the company. The employee claimed that the company never provided the ownership stake and subsequently terminated them two months later.

The court found that Coastal never agreed to grant the former employee the 2% ownership interest in exchange for his continued employment and absolved the company of any damages.

The pros and cons of alternative dispute resolution methods

Whether due to a broken contract, disagreement among shareholders or more, the prospect of your business facing a dispute can be nerve-wracking. Preparing for a dispute may risk taking time, resources and energy from the everyday matters of your business.

Fortunately, not every dispute is destined for litigation in a Texas courtroom. Whether due to a clause in a contract or the wishes of both parties, alternative dispute resolution methods can offer the opportunity to reach a solution in a more collaborative, and often less expensive, way.

Geography matters in Texas non-compete agreements

Non-compete agreements have an important place in business. They protect valid business interests.

But it the non-compete agreement is not constructed correctly, it can be negated. Texas law decrees that a non-compete can’t demand greater restriction than is necessary to protect the business.

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