What’s In a Name?

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Finding just the right name for your business, product or service isn’t an easy task. First, you need to find a name that isn’t already being used, or one that could be considered confusingly similar to one already in use, so as to avoid trademark disputes. You also need to find one that speaks to consumers and entices them to purchase your product or service or come to your place of business.

In today’s Star Tribune business section, there is an ...

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Should Employers Ask Candidates for Their Facebook Password?

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There has been a lot of talk recently about prospective employers asking job candidates for their password to Facebook or other social media sites. And about making a job offer contingent upon not just passing the traditional background search (criminal, job and education verification, credit check in some case0 but upon passing the employer’s idea of a “clean” social media background. Is this a good idea?

No.

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Employer Advice: Don’t Give Glowing Reviews on LinkedIn

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Minneapolis Employment Attorney

Social media has created new issues for everyone in today’s linked-in world: employers, employees, lawyers and courts. We are learning as we go on how to navigate social media websites learning from mistakes (hopefully of others) about what not to do.

This is a good piece of advice about how employers should not use LinkedIn:

Social Media and Employment Law

Be careful about giving glowing reviews and recommendations about employees on ...

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Recommended Reading: Social Media and Employment

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The legal issues surrounding social media use, employer and employees continues to grow as the use of sites like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for professional reasons increases. This is a link to a CNN article that discusses some of the most recent cases that have arise and that demonstrate the uncertainty in this new area of law.

The article talks about the case of Phone Dog v. ...

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What to do when if you are a franchisee and the franchisor goes bankrupt

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Interesting story in the New York Time Small Business section the other day. It dealt with a nightmare scenario of anyone who purchases a franchise: the franchisor goes bankrupt. The article talks about the story of William Burris, who was faced with that situation only five months after he spent more than $100,000 a purchased a Australian franchise that rented moving boxes.

The story provides inspiration and idea for how to face a situation that may seem dire, but with ...

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Name Confusion Leads to David v. Goliath Fight

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I read an interesting article a couple of weeks ago in the New York Time. It is about a new company called Willa (named after the founder’s daughter) that is being sued by Proctor & Gamble, the maker of Wella hair-care products. Willa makes skin-care products aimed at tweens, and P&G claims that the names are confusingly similar and has demanded that Willa stop. Willa claims that this is another case of trademark bullying, a big company using its ...

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Law Firms With Monthly Retainer Packages

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At Attenza Law, we offer Business Per Te, fixed-fee monthly membership packages for growing businesses. You pay a certain amount per month (from $199 to $1,269) and receive lots of benefits, such as:

  • Access to one of our Minnesota business and employment attorneys, ranging from 2 hours per month to unlimited
  • Discounts on other legal services that range from 5% to 15%
  • Review and drafting of agreements

Here is a link with more details.

However, we aren’t the only ones who offer these ...

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California and Disability Discrimination

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I was in LA not too long ago. It was the first time I had been to southern California. What a great place, with lovely weather, a beautiful ocean and lots of places to see and visit.  And speaking of California, I have been looking at their anti-discrimination statute, which is called the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA). As I wrote in a previous post,  California has created a separate and independent claim for failure to engage ...

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Some Tips on Tip Pooling and Tips Sharing

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Minnesota Employment Law on Tip Pooling and Tip Sharing

It is hard to go to a restaurant, coffee shop or bar without seeing a tip jar. For anyone who has saved their spare change, you know how quickly those nickels and dimes (and even dollar bills) can add up to signficant money. For employees in these establishments, a tip jar can be an easy and non-confrontational way to increase their income. But ...

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Adopt a Uniform Policy on Uniforms

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Minnesota Employment Law on What Employees Can Pay For

We are all trying to cut costs and reduce spending these days. For employers whose employees wear a uniform, requiring the employees to pay for them can seem like a simple, yet cost-effective way to cut down on costs. But adopting such a policy wouldn’t be much of a cost-saver if it were in violation of Minnesota law and would expose the employer ...

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