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April 2016 Archives

What is the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015?

As a business owner in Miami, you enjoy some state and federal protections for your intellectual property such as patents, copyrights and trade secrets. The level of protection you enjoy may depend on the scope of your business, though. According to the National Law Review, the federal criminal legislation that protects your trade secrets across state lines or internationally does not provide the right to corresponding civil action in federal courts. Legislators are attempting to remedy this with the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2015.

How does the OSH Act of 1970 affect employers in Florida?

Employing workers in Florida is a serious responsibility. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, ensuring that you are fulfilling all your obligations to your employees involves at least a cursory knowledge of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The focus of this Act in regards to your workplace and others is to prevent workplace illnesses, injuries and fatalities by regulating the conditions of the jobsites. As an employer, it is your duty to your employees to be in compliance with the standards for health and safety that are set by the OSH Act.

When you need legal advice

As you run your business in Miami, Florida, you may come across many day-to-day activities that require you to seek legal information. Contracts, for example, are legally binding, and a breach of the terms has the potential to lead to litigation. In some situations, you may discover that having information about the applicable laws may not be enough. At Welbaum Guernsey, we often provide advice to business owners who are unsure of the best way to proceed in a legal matter.

Working with an architect? Know where to draw the line

It's always an exciting time when you start working with an architect to draw up plans for a new building. However, things can and often do go wrong. When something happens or you are faced with a possible legal issue, it's important to understand what the law allows for and how it applies to your case. While talking with an attorney familiar with construction litigation is always the best course of action, having a basic understanding of when you may have a case can help you prepare for your first meeting.

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