October 2016 Archives

Reasons to be wary of golf courses

There is a reason so many people choose to retire in Florida. It has warm weather pretty much year round. The ocean is warm, and the beaches are sandy. The hurricane warning system is in impeccable condition. Alligators rarely eat people and the giant pythons almost never leave the safe haven of the Everglades. The state boasts low corporate and sales tax and has no state income tax.

Food allergies need to be taken seriously

Food allergies are alive and well and on the rise. For proof, simply offer to bring in cupcakes to a preschool classroom to help celebrate a birthday. By the time you've finished sourcing treats that are nut/seed/soy/wheat free, you may decide kids eat too much sugar anyway, and that stickers are a marvelous alternative. In all seriousness, though, food allergies are a genuine medical problem that should not be taken lightly. Unfortunately, as an article in BusinessWest.com reported, not everyone chooses to do so.

Are haunted houses liable for being too scary?

Some visitors to Raleigh, North Carolina's "Panic Point" may never make it past the liability release waiver. The waiver states that, amongst other horrors, guests may experience injury from poisonous plants, animal bites, sprains, strains and fractures. And that's before they launch into the part about the possibility of death, presumably from the fear that occurs when a chainsaw-wielding murderer bursts out of the corn.

Why are political cartoonists immune from slander charges?

It's that time of year again. People shriek and moan and sometimes cower in fear. In coffee houses and on social media sites across the nation, conversations rage about whether happenings are fact or fiction, and whether specific words were actually heard and recorded or merely the figment of a scared and overactive imagination. And no, none of this is in reference to the happenings leading up to October 31st. Instead it describes people's behavior as the time draws near to elect a new President of the United States.

Tips for creating an enforceable non-compete agreement

Non-compete agreements are pretty much exactly what they sound like; a clause in an employment contract that states that the employee, upon termination, will not start or work for a rival company. Employers typically have a variety of valid reasons for asking a potential employee to sign a non-compete.