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Answers to your small business law and legal issue questions. Tips, tools, and resources for start-up and existing small businesses.
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Small Business Licenses, Permits and Regulations
Registering your business and acquiring the necessary licenses and permits is an important part of starting a business. This article provides a list of resources for each state.

5 CAN-SPAM Rules Small Business Owners Need to Understand
The CAN-SPAM Act protects consumers from spam and email abuse. Here is an overview of what you need to know to protect your small business.

The Great Debate: Employee vs Independent Contractor
Hiring an independent contractor or new employee is an important business decision. Too guide you to the best possible decision, consider the pros and cons of hiring an employee or an independent contractor.

Background Check Precautions For Pre-Employment Screening
Pre-employment screening is a necessary hiring practice to avoid lawsuits and costly hiring mistakes. Gone are the days of a simple reference check and a few phone calls to screen new employees. Amid security concerns, corporate scandals, and workplace violence, pre-employment screening has been gaining ground.

How To Find a Good Lawyer
Whether dealing with litigation, starting a business or intellectual property, a good lawyer is critical to your small business. Discover the steps you need to take to find a good lawyer.

Equal Employment Opportunity Information
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides small businesses with the information needed to deal with most EEO questions. Helpful information on dealing with charges, retaliation and 100 state and local Fair Employment Practices Agencies (FEPAs) for your access.

Family and Medical Leave Act
Complete coverage of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) from the US Department of Labor Employment Standards Administration Wage and Hour Division. This site can answer all your FMLA questions. On site is a handy FAQ, guides, forms, and fact sheets.

Minimum Wage Laws for Your State
An easy to use minimum wage law map from the US Department of Labor. Just click on the state required and the basic wage rate appears with any applicable laws.

Employment Law
Nolo makes the law understandable for ordinary people. This site has an extensive employment law section not in legal speak but language any business owner can understand. Extensive informative links are provided with FAQ's covering age discrimination to fair pay.

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