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Should You Conduct Employee Background Checks? (Part 2)

There are a number of legal considerations associated with conducting a proper and fair background check. It’s not easy, so why should you bother? The answer is in the EEOC guidelines; you do a background check when there is a business necessity. As a business owner, you have an obligation to provide a safe environment for your employees and customers as well as a fiduciary responsibility to the company. Reasons for a background check include, but might not be limited to: (more…)

Legal Considerations for Employee Background Checks (Part 1)

Do you conduct background checks on job applicants? Have you ever thought of doing so? If you answered ‘yes’ to either of these questions you need to be aware of the legal considerations.

There are a number of federal and state laws, along with local ordinances in some cities, which govern background checks. At the federal level there is the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which states in part “…a person cannot be denied employment based on a criminal record alonethe decision to hire or not hire must be based on a business necessity…” Some of the points to consider include, but are not limited to: (more…)

Liquor Liability: Limit Your Exposure

Businesses in the hospitality industry (bars, restaurants, hotels) provide a fun and relaxed atmosphere for clientele to briefly escape their everyday routines. While these establishments look for ways to distinguish themselves from the competition, they often share one common feature: a bar. Alcohol service, the commercial sale of alcohol, creates unique risks and exposures which business owners must not only address by having specific guidelines in place; they must also strictly enforce.

The Problem (more…)

Four Insurance Questions to Ask Before Leasing Commercial Property

You’ve found the perfect rental space for your business: prime location, low utility costs and ample space, all for a rental price that’s right on the money. But have you considered what property insurance you need?

To protect their property and shield themselves from liability, lessors can stipulate the types of insurance tenants must purchase. The result is that businesses sometimes get saddled with expensive or hard-to-find coverage.

Before you put your name on the lease, make sure you carefully review the details with a legal representative and ask yourself these important questions. (more…)