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Keeping Corporate Records

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

While not usually an issue for larger and more established corporations, deficiencies in corporate recordkeeping create frequent problems for small and newly-formed corporations. It is quite easy for novice board members, shareholders and officers to view corporate meetings as mere formality — and to some extent they are. But it is these formalities that… Read More »

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Hallmarks of a Good Contract

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

What constitutes a good deal is specific to your industry and the market conditions at the time. What constitutes a good contract, however, is universal. A good contract must balance clarity and flexibility — providing unambiguous solutions for common issues that arise and workable guidelines for contending with unanticipated problems. Boilerplate contracts simply do… Read More »

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Reasonable Accommodation Basics for the Disabled

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Reasonable accommodation is one of the most complicated concepts businesses must contend with under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Unfortunately, this complexity means that even well-meaning employers can find themselves facing substantial civil liability for misunderstanding the full scope and effect of this important provision. But the concept of reasonable accommodation also has limits… Read More »

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Tax Treatment of Foreign Workers

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

While resident aliens working in the United States have tax obligations similar to those of citizens, employers and employees alike are often confused about their duties regarding non-resident temporary workers. But temporary workers do indeed have tax obligations in the United States — many of which are substantially more complicated than those of residents…. Read More »

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Things to Avoid When Conducting Employee Interviews

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Conducting interviews in a manner that allows you to gain insights into potential new hires is already challenging. But asking the wrong questions in an in-person interview or on a job application can also open the door for legal issues. State and federal laws strictly prohibit discrimination in hiring based on: Race/color Religion Gender… Read More »

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Why It Is Important to Document Employee Discipline

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Most employers and HR professionals do not enjoy disciplining employees. But, unfortunately, it is an important part of promoting quality and productivity. And while it may be tempting to offer employees second chances, it can create liability issues for your company if it makes your disciplinary policies appear arbitrary or, even worse, nonexistent. Uniform… Read More »

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Interacting with Employees Who Have Filed Claims Against You

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Many employers find it awkward and uncomfortable when they receive notice that a current employee has lodged an employment law complaint against them. This is especially true in smaller companies where employers have more personal relationships with their employees. Some employers unwisely take it personally. Others become overly tentative in their dealings with the… Read More »

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How Your Business Benefits From Uniform Employee Policies

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Especially in recent years, many employers have trended toward running more casual workplaces. And while there can be certain benefits to this approach — especially for small businesses — it also presents numerous risks and complications. Employers must take these into account when choosing this type of management style. Even if employers do choose… Read More »

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Does the ADA Require Employers to Accommodate Employees Who Suffer from Alcoholism?

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) prohibits employer discrimination against individuals with disabilities and requires employers to offer reasonable accommodations to employees with disabilities who can otherwise perform the essential functions of their jobs. But we usually think of disabilities as things like paraplegia, multiple sclerosis, or speech defects — conditions entirely… Read More »

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Welcome

By Tobin O’Connor & Ewing |

Welcome to the Tobin, O’Connor & Ewing blog. We handle cases involving business law in Washington, D.C. and throughout the United States. We believe in providing practical and professional representation when handling business law, visa and green card issues. Our attorneys have extensive experience in many aspects of the law and are licensed to… Read More »

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