The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has been a considerable benefit to many people who would otherwise be denied access to many places due to mobility issues and other disabilities. Unfortunately, the ADA has also created a lucrative cottage industry of lawsuits that target small businesses -- with plaintiffs pressing claims against businesses that they rarely (if ever) patronize.
These days, intellectual property can be an entrepreneur's most valuable asset, so most business owners think a lot about how they can keep their company secrets safe.
What gives someone the right to sue you in Florida?
Avocados -- a long-overlooked fruit in American cuisine -- have skyrocketed in popularity in recent years. (Blame the Millennial obsession over avocado toast if you like, but the fruit was honestly overdue for some recognition as a source of nutrients.)
When people think of "malpractice," they usually think of doctors or lawyers -- but accounting malpractice can be just as problematic. For a small business, it can be utterly devastating.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is designed to make life easier and more equitable for people who struggle with disabling conditions of all sorts. It is not, however, meant to be a weapon that can be used to shake down small businesses for cash over minor violations.
Nondisclosure agreements had, at one point, become so common that just about every company had every employee sign one -- and that actually turned into a problem. Employees balked at signing agreements that they felt were unfair, and courts sometimes refused to enforce agreements when they were overly broad.
Shareholder fortunes can rise, and fall, based on their holdings in a corporation. As the corporation profits, they profit. When the corporation suffers a big loss -- so do the shareholders.
Imagine waking up to find out that everything you had invested with a major brokerage firm was gone. On top of that, your investments failed so badly that you actually owe money.
As a small business owner, you naturally want to promote your products or services as much as possible -- but you need to also keep in mind the limitations you are under.