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Why job application documents must be handled with extreme care - II

Last month, we began discussing how even though it can be exhilarating for small business owners to finally be in a position to bring in some much-needed help, they will nevertheless want to proceed with caution in this endeavor -- particularly when it comes to drafting job applications.

Specifically, we discussed how legal experts indicate business owners must take care not to ask applicants questions that would reveal information they wouldn't otherwise be able to consider when making a hiring decision, as this could result in legal exposure.

As executor, you have probate responsibilities

After the passing of a loved one, you may feel yourself overcome by grief and may want to avoid certain responsibilities for a time. However, the rest of the world and your life must continue, and you may have duties to attend to in a timely manner. Some of the tasks ahead may relate to your deceased loved one's estate, and you certainly want to handle those tasks appropriately.

If your family member left behind a will, his or her estate will need to go through the probate process. The legal proceedings associated with probate work to ensure that a person's estate closes in the correct manner and in accordance with his or her final wishes.

UT's defensive coordinator hit with breach of contract suit

It may seem hard to believe, but we are now less than two months away from the start of college football. Indeed, most people here in Tennessee have already circled September 4 on their calendars, as it marks the first game of the 2017 season for the Volunteers, who will take on Georgia Tech in newly opened Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Interestingly enough, a key member of the Volunteers' coaching staff is currently engaged in a bitter battle with a rival football powerhouse in a decidedly non-gridiron setting.  

What to do if you have been sexually harassed at work

Sexual harassment in the workplace can come in many different forms and have devastating effects on general well-being, mental health and job productivity. This blog is intended to briefly explain how sexual harassment is defined, and what you should do if you would like to take legal action.

What is workplace sexual harassment under the law?

Why job application documents must be handled with extreme care

When a small business owner reaches the point at which they are ready to bring in some much-needed help, it can prove to be equal parts exciting and unnerving. On the one hand, hiring new workers can mean freeing up more time and increasing productivity, while on the other hand it can mean having to invest considerable time in the interview and training processes.

Before sitting down to interview or devise training materials, however, small business owners will first need to draft job applications. While this might seem like a relatively straightforward endeavor, legal experts indicate it could actually prove to be problematic later on if the necessary precautions aren't taken.

Don't let a tortious interference claim derail your business - IV

Over the last several months, our blog has dedicated considerable time to breaking down the economic tort of tortious interference in a bid to help business owners better understand their options when they suspect -- or are accused of causing -- interference with existing relationships or contracts.

We'll conclude this dissection in today's post, examining the two remaining elements of a tortious interference claim: a defendant's actual and improper interference with the contract.

Initial considerations when liquidating business assets

The decision to exit a business is never easy, as most business owners have invested considerable time, money and sweat equity into trying to make their operation successful. However, the reality is that sometimes things just don't work out, or the business owner simply can't do it anymore.

If any good news can come from this, it's that there are a host of options available to those looking to exit a business, including passing it on to the next generation, merging it with another operation or simply selling it outright. If none of these are an option, the business owner also has the option of liquidating assets.

What business owners need to know about unpaid internships - III

In a series of ongoing posts, we've been discussing how even though employers may be intrigued by the prospect of having some college students join their team as unpaid interns during the summer break, they will nevertheless want to ensure they don't inadvertently expose themselves to potential liability by taking this step.

To that end, we've been discussing the different approaches taken by the courts to ascertain the existence of an unpaid internship, including the longstanding six-factor test introduced by the Department of Labor, and the more recent primary beneficiary test developed by the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals for the 2nd and 11th district.    

The sobering facts regarding field sobriety tests

Let's say you're driving along a Tennessee road after a lovely evening out. You're recalling the many memorable moments the night held and feeling grateful for good friends, good food and fun times. All of the sudden, you see flashing red and blue lights in your rear-view mirror and hear the sound most motorists dread — a police siren.

It takes less than a second for you to realize you're getting pulled over in a traffic stop, although you're not sure why because you were focused, alert and being as cautious as possible while driving, as usual. The next thing you know, the officer asks you to step out of your vehicle.

What business owners need to know about unpaid internships - II

Last time, we discussed how with summer finally here, many college students will be seeking to secure paid or unpaid internships in order to gain some much-need experience in a field of interest.

We also discussed how even though unpaid internships are an understandably enticing proposition for employers, it's important for them to proceed with caution, as they could  open themselves up to potential liability should a court later decide that the position did not fit the necessary parameters. 

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