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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.

Types of breaches of contract

If you conduct any kind of business, you are no stranger to the utility of a business contract. A simple document can ensure services you’ve paid for are completed in a timely manner, there aren’t any disputes about compensation and otherwise avoid unnecessary arguments. What happens when the other party shirks their contracted duties, though?

Breach of contract is a frustrating situation that many people and businesses find themselves on the receiving end of. You have the right to relief in the form of damages, receiving the performance you agreed upon and cancellation and restitution from the other party. Speak to a skilled attorney as soon as possible to get the ball rolling on your case.

Mediation can be an effective form of dispute resolution

The great philosopher Mike Tyson once said, "Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the jaw."

Business contracts can be a lot like a Tyson fight - you start by believing everything is going to go your way, then you get a right to the body and a left uppercut so devastating that they feel like one punch. Now things aren't going your way real fast and all those plans have gone out the window. How do you regroup?

What qualifies as a breach of fiduciary duty?

The business world is fiercely competitive and ever-changing. Its competitive nature drives some to act badly to try to get ahead. However, there are laws that prevent companies and individuals from acting unethically. When people step outside of these boundaries, they can be held accountable for their actions.

Problems your start-up could face

Creating a start-up is not for the weak-minded. It takes hard work and considerable intelligence. However, despite all your research and knowledge, your new endeavor may still run into issues.

The business of entrepreneurship and start-ups is complex and there are many factors that go into it. Here are two major problems start-ups face and how you can potentially avoid them:

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