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and anyone interested in the day-to-day issues facing Utah small businesses.

Contracts 101

From the rules that govern your cell phone service to gym membership, contracts have become so commonplace that most of us barely read them.

Should you adopt a Results Only Work Environment?

Should you adopt a Results Only Work Environment? It's a strategy that can be a good fit for some companies.

Do you have an employee who is always late?

Do you have an employee who can't seem to arrive on time to work, meetings or company events? Here's why you should address the issue of chronic lateness:

3 ways to develop positive communication in the workplace

Does your workplace need an extra boost of positivity to keep everyone performing at their best? These 3 strategies for improving positive communication in your office are designed to help!

3 reasons why all leaders should engage in perception-checking

Do you actively check your perceptions of other people's verbal and nonverbal messages during conversations? If not, you could be missing out on a great opportunity to reduce workplace conflict, [...]

Handle employee life events like a royal

Your employees' life events deserve royal treatment.

Do workplace romances hurt your team’s productivity?

Workplace relationships could lead to serious problems if you're not equipped to deal with the potential consequences of interpersonal conflict or break-ups.

Smart set up for your new business

Your new business is your baby, but a little legal separation is needed to protect everything you've worked hard to amass and enjoy.

Steps to a happier and more productive workplace

Research shows that happy employees are more productive in the workplace. Here are some important ways to keep your employees satisfied:

Employee Appreciation Day

Tell your employees THANK YOU today!

#MeToo has meaning for you, too

#MeToo has meaning for small business, too

President’s Day

Happy President's Day!

Can you spare a few moments to take my survey?

Please take the survey titled "Employee Handbooks". Your feedback is important!

Three tips for managing introverted employees

Three important ways to manage an employee who is an introvert:

For a podium finish, pick your team carefully

While Olympic hopefuls may break the bank on their support teams, you don't have to.

Martin Luther King Day

Enjoy the holiday!

Two signs of a toxic workplace environment (and how to fix it)

No one wants to work in a toxic work environment. As a business leader, communicating effectively and being fair and equitable to all employees can help create a healthy and happy workplace.

3 reasons all small businesses should hire a good lawyer

Don't put your business at risk! Here's a look at three common legal challenges business owners regularly face.

Gone is the billable hour!

To make it easier for our small business clients . . . no more billable hours!  From now on, pre-agreed pricing.   Dana Ball is your Utah small business partner!  At a pre-agreed price, you can [...]

Resolving Workplace Conflicts

Workplace conflicts happen and ignoring them can be costly. Eight hours of company time is wasted with every unaddressed conflict, now multiply that by all the issues not being resolved. In fact, [...]

Small Business Checkup

HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR UTAH SMALL BUSINESS? The health of your Utah small business is a reflection of how well you manage all aspects of your company. Avoid problems by making smart decisions that [...]

Family Business: A Strategy for Success

Fifty percent of all American businesses are owned and run by families. There are some benefits associated with a family business, but there are also some pitfalls associated with undertaking a [...]

How to Deliver Verbal Warnings – Employee Discipline

Small business owners wear many hats and one of them is the task of managing employees. Delivering verbal warnings and employee discipline can be uncomfortable but owners inevitably must timely [...]

New Employee I-9 Form

Employer Alert: New Employee I-9 Form by January 22, 2017! Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (“IRCA”), employers are required to verify the employment eligibility of new [...]

Independent Contractors vs. Employees

What’s the difference between hiring independent contractors and employees? The biggest difference is the trouble a small business owner can bring upon itself from the IRS and the Department of [...]

Overtime law delayed, now what?

Overtime law is delayed, so now what??  Last week on November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas, issued a preliminary injunction stopping the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new overtime [...]

Overtime law is DELAYED!

What now??  Check back next week for additional information on how you should proceed with the Overtime rule being delayed.

Avoid these Common FLSA Violations

Experts predict a record-breaking year for Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) lawsuits and FLSA violations. First, thanks to the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new overtime rule, around 4.2 million [...]

Have You Talked to Your Employees Yet?

Have you talked to your employees yet about the OVERTIME law that changes on December 1?  Yes, I am referring to the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new overtime rule that increases the overtime [...]

How can a Small Business survive?

There are several reasons why a small business might close its doors. In the first 4 years of business, less than 20% of small businesses survive!  (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, BED).  The [...]

What!?! That new OVERTIME rule applies to me?

If you have employees then, YES, the new OVERTIME rule applies to you! Only 30 days until December 1, 2016, so you better jump on this.

Keep the Job Interview Legal

The potential for liability at the interview stage in the hiring process is tremendous. Fair hiring laws are in place to give every candidate a fair shake in the job interview and selection [...]

ARE YOU SPEAKING PLAIN ENGLISH?

Did you know that prior to the 19th century lawyers used to be paid by the word?  The more wordy the contract the more money the lawyer earned.  That explains a lot regarding why today “wordy” [...]

You Are Fired!

Hiring and retaining great employees in Utah is becoming challenging. Utah has such low unemployment rates and the state’s job market has become increasingly competitive. Small business owners [...]

The Bottom Line

When expectations are clear between employer and employee then harmony ensues – – and boost your bottom line.

Why Every Small Business Needs an Attorney

There are two professionals a small business needs: an accountant and a lawyer. The reasons for hiring an accountant may be obvious, but not so apparent as to why you need an attorney. A small [...]

WAGE AND HOUR VIOLATIONS

I’m Dana Ball, Small Business Attorney. If you employ at least ONE person, you can be on the hook for wage and hour violations. Ignorance of the laws will not protect you.

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Contracts 101

From the rules that govern your cell phone service to gym membership, contracts have become so commonplace that most of us barely read them.

Should you adopt a Results Only Work Environment?

Should you adopt a Results Only Work Environment? It's a strategy that can be a good fit for some companies.

Do you have an employee who is always late?

Do you have an employee who can't seem to arrive on time to work, meetings or company events? Here's why you should address the issue of chronic lateness:

3 ways to develop positive communication in the workplace

Does your workplace need an extra boost of positivity to keep everyone performing at their best? These 3 strategies for improving positive communication in your office are designed to help!

3 reasons why all leaders should engage in perception-checking

Do you actively check your perceptions of other people's verbal and nonverbal messages during conversations? If not, you could be missing out on a great opportunity to reduce workplace conflict, [...]

Handle employee life events like a royal

Your employees' life events deserve royal treatment.

Do workplace romances hurt your team’s productivity?

Workplace relationships could lead to serious problems if you're not equipped to deal with the potential consequences of interpersonal conflict or break-ups.

Smart set up for your new business

Your new business is your baby, but a little legal separation is needed to protect everything you've worked hard to amass and enjoy.

Steps to a happier and more productive workplace

Research shows that happy employees are more productive in the workplace. Here are some important ways to keep your employees satisfied:

Employee Appreciation Day

Tell your employees THANK YOU today!

#MeToo has meaning for you, too

#MeToo has meaning for small business, too

President’s Day

Happy President's Day!

Can you spare a few moments to take my survey?

Please take the survey titled "Employee Handbooks". Your feedback is important!

Three tips for managing introverted employees

Three important ways to manage an employee who is an introvert:

For a podium finish, pick your team carefully

While Olympic hopefuls may break the bank on their support teams, you don't have to.

Martin Luther King Day

Enjoy the holiday!

Two signs of a toxic workplace environment (and how to fix it)

No one wants to work in a toxic work environment. As a business leader, communicating effectively and being fair and equitable to all employees can help create a healthy and happy workplace.

3 reasons all small businesses should hire a good lawyer

Don't put your business at risk! Here's a look at three common legal challenges business owners regularly face.

Gone is the billable hour!

To make it easier for our small business clients . . . no more billable hours!  From now on, pre-agreed pricing.   Dana Ball is your Utah small business partner!  At a pre-agreed price, you can [...]

Resolving Workplace Conflicts

Workplace conflicts happen and ignoring them can be costly. Eight hours of company time is wasted with every unaddressed conflict, now multiply that by all the issues not being resolved. In fact, [...]

Small Business Checkup

HOW HEALTHY IS YOUR UTAH SMALL BUSINESS? The health of your Utah small business is a reflection of how well you manage all aspects of your company. Avoid problems by making smart decisions that [...]

Family Business: A Strategy for Success

Fifty percent of all American businesses are owned and run by families. There are some benefits associated with a family business, but there are also some pitfalls associated with undertaking a [...]

How to Deliver Verbal Warnings – Employee Discipline

Small business owners wear many hats and one of them is the task of managing employees. Delivering verbal warnings and employee discipline can be uncomfortable but owners inevitably must timely [...]

New Employee I-9 Form

Employer Alert: New Employee I-9 Form by January 22, 2017! Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (“IRCA”), employers are required to verify the employment eligibility of new [...]

Independent Contractors vs. Employees

What’s the difference between hiring independent contractors and employees? The biggest difference is the trouble a small business owner can bring upon itself from the IRS and the Department of [...]

Overtime law delayed, now what?

Overtime law is delayed, so now what??  Last week on November 22, 2016, a federal judge in Texas, issued a preliminary injunction stopping the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new overtime [...]

Overtime law is DELAYED!

What now??  Check back next week for additional information on how you should proceed with the Overtime rule being delayed.

Avoid these Common FLSA Violations

Experts predict a record-breaking year for Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) lawsuits and FLSA violations. First, thanks to the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new overtime rule, around 4.2 million [...]

Have You Talked to Your Employees Yet?

Have you talked to your employees yet about the OVERTIME law that changes on December 1?  Yes, I am referring to the Department of Labor’s (“DOL”) new overtime rule that increases the overtime [...]

How can a Small Business survive?

There are several reasons why a small business might close its doors. In the first 4 years of business, less than 20% of small businesses survive!  (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, BED).  The [...]

What!?! That new OVERTIME rule applies to me?

If you have employees then, YES, the new OVERTIME rule applies to you! Only 30 days until December 1, 2016, so you better jump on this.

Keep the Job Interview Legal

The potential for liability at the interview stage in the hiring process is tremendous. Fair hiring laws are in place to give every candidate a fair shake in the job interview and selection [...]

ARE YOU SPEAKING PLAIN ENGLISH?

Did you know that prior to the 19th century lawyers used to be paid by the word?  The more wordy the contract the more money the lawyer earned.  That explains a lot regarding why today “wordy” [...]

You Are Fired!

Hiring and retaining great employees in Utah is becoming challenging. Utah has such low unemployment rates and the state’s job market has become increasingly competitive. Small business owners [...]

The Bottom Line

When expectations are clear between employer and employee then harmony ensues – – and boost your bottom line.

Why Every Small Business Needs an Attorney

There are two professionals a small business needs: an accountant and a lawyer. The reasons for hiring an accountant may be obvious, but not so apparent as to why you need an attorney. A small [...]

WAGE AND HOUR VIOLATIONS

I’m Dana Ball, Small Business Attorney. If you employ at least ONE person, you can be on the hook for wage and hour violations. Ignorance of the laws will not protect you.

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