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What You Need to Know About the New General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”)

You have probably received a lot of notifications in the past few days, alerting you that all your favorite vendors have updated their Privacy Policy. Here’s what they’re talking about. The European Union General Data Protection Regulation With so much...
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Under Proposed DOL Rule, Employees May Have to Give Up Their Tips

Thanks to a new regulation that’s in the works, the tip you leave for your waiter may soon be shared with dishwashers and busboys, or even used to spiff up the restaurant’s decor. On December 4, 2017, the U.S. Department...
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To Protect Victims of Sexual Harassment, Lawmakers Take Aim at Employment Contracts

In the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein investigation and the #MeToo campaign, some lawmakers at the federal and state level are proposing legislation which they believe would protect and support the victims of sexual harassment. Their efforts have highlighted two...
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Georgia Sales Tax on Electronic Products: Is There a Rule of Thumb for Thumb Drives?

Georgia companies that make electronic products should carefully consider how those products are delivered, as it has important tax consequences. Generally speaking, Georgia taxes the retail purchase, retail sale, storage, use, and consumption of tangible personal property; it does not,...
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Even the Most Well-Qualified Companies Should Consider Foreign Qualification

Legally speaking, doing business is not the same as being qualified to do business. A state can require companies incorporated in another state to “qualify,” or meet certain requirements, before those companies are granted full legal privileges within the state....
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Getting Hip to HIPPA: Does HIPAA Apply to Your Company?

HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, which is a federal law that protects the health information of individual citizens. HIPAA imposes a laundry list of requirements on companies, and failure to comply with those...
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Arbitration Provisions: What are the Pros and Cons?

Arbitration is a method of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) the terms of which are agreed upon by the parties of a written contract well in advance of a legal dispute. Should the parties to the contract have a dispute, the...
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Trump Proposes New Tax Rate for Pass-Through Business Entities

Businesses are required to pay a laundry list of taxes throughout the year, including: federal income tax; state income tax; alternative minimum tax (AMT); business, professional, and occupational license taxes; tangible personal property taxes; payroll taxes; and sales tax.  Last...
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Facebook Subsidiary Oculus Ordered to Pay $500 Million for Infringement of Non-Disclosure Agreement and Copyrights

Recently, a jury in Dallas, Texas ordered Facebook Inc.’s subsidiary Oculus, and other related defendants, to pay $500 million to ZeniMax Media, Inc. (the company that owns video game franchises, such as The Elder Scrolls and Fallout). ZeniMax sued Facebook and Oculus,...
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Can I Stop Customers from Trumped Up Negative Reviews? (Non-Disparagement Clauses: What Are They and Are They Legal?)

A Non-Disparagement (or Protection of Reputation clause) prohibits individuals from taking any action that negatively impacts an organization, its reputation, products, services, management or employees. They are typically found in settlement agreements and many executive-level employment agreements. A recent case involving non-disparagement clauses is...
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