Importance of Annual Employee Drug Testing for Businesses


Drug testing your employees is not only a mandatory requirement, but also company policy to which many businesses follow. The need to have a drug test is to prevent the increase of accidents as well as low in productivity. Drug testing is an important factor which company owners need to adhere especially that it affects production and in providing services. This activity obliges personnel, new and/or old, to take a drug test. Usually, employees are required to present their urine samples for screening but there are also those which need hair, blood, sweat and even saliva samples. Some people do not understand the concept of having to undergo drug testing and other businesses don’t practice this at all.

The growing importance is enough of an explanation. As far as where medical needs stretch, the test is limited to those that can present legal papers for proof.  But there’s still another procedure for that to confirm when the result comes in positive. Even then, getting your employees test for a yearly or even a quarterly drug test is beneficial for you and your people. Why so?

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Small Business Owners: Ignore Employment Laws at Your Own Risk


One of the biggest worries for many small business owners is running afoul with employment laws. The number of labor laws in the U.S. has increased significantly in the last several years. There are countless federal and state agencies such as Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division that govern these regulations. All of these agencies are looking at all aspects of labor management to ensure small business owners comply with the laws. Forget to comply with one of myriad laws and you will find yourself in the crosshairs of one these agencies. The consequences of running afoul can range from hefty fine to even jail time.  So what can you do to ensure you don’t end up in this situation?

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Solid Tips to Obtain a Law Training Contract


Training Contracts and pupillages are like winning a lottery for those who are chasing a career in law. They are a huge step on the way to becoming a qualified solicitor.

The training acquired over the first 2 years helps put you in a working context and use the skills you have learned over the course of the program. You get to learn about various different practices and departments including contentious and non-contentious practice areas which are a key part of working life as a solicitor.

If you have a training contract in place, you can pass a PSC, otherwise known as a professional skills course. To gain this you need to have valuable experience within financial and business skills, communication skills and also client care.

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Prevent Drink Driving – A Common Occurrence in December


This time of year usually means more social engagements, often with alcohol. The consequences of drunk driving, like a seasonal cold, can range from moderate to severe, but you can plan for nights out that will allow for plenty of merriment without punishment to come later. If you do find yourself in a legal bind during the holidays, you will need the assistance and advice of drink driving solicitors. Forewarned is forearmed, though, so plan and educate yourself in order to better enjoy the holiday season.

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“Will Aid” Month – Help Charities by Writing Will

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November is a Will Aid month; a month that benefits all participants – and gives you more reason than ever to arrange a will. Throughout Will Aid month, participating solicitors waive their fee for writing a basic will, and instead ask clients to make a donation to Will Aid. The donations are then divided between nine wonderful charities.

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Who is Liable If an Employee Breaks the Law off the Business Premises?

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It is a known fact that some people who break the law, whether intentionally or not, from time to time, while they are doing their job. Some are also noted to be using company resources (such as a vehicle supplied by the company) during the act. In such instances, who is to blame – the offender or the company/employer for who the person is working for? Who is held legally responsible if an employee commits a crime or act, outside of his working premises? Let’s take a look at the facts.

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How will Immigration Affect the Global Economy in 2017?

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The entire world is awaiting the United States presidential election that is set to happen in just a few weeks. Supporters of both Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate, and Donald Trump, the Republican choice have been firm in their backing of their respective choices. There have been two national debates that have brought about what each candidate thinks of certain issues that affect their country and the rest of the world. One of the main topics is the immigration policy, in which both candidates have contrasting views.

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What Happens When a Business Goes into Foreclosure?

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Running a business always has its risks. What matters is being aware of these risks right from the start and finding ways to avoid them moving forward.

One of the most common issues that business organizations often encounter is in the financial arena. When funds are not properly managed and the expenses become greater than the cash coming in, there’s bound to be a problem. And if this is not resolved sooner, a company can go into debt or worse, become a subject of foreclosure.

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Should You Hire Job Applicants with Criminal Records?

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The question of hiring applicants with a criminal record is at times a tricky one for employers, especially for small business owners who are not guided by human resources policies that bigger corporations follow. Hiring ex-cons present conflicting approaches. On one hand, there is an implicit bias against them in general. Then again, our charitable nature prods us to give them a second chance at redeeming themselves. Further, federal and state laws protect job applicants with criminal records from discrimination by employers.

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10 Types of Insurance Small Business Owners Must Consider

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Small businesses contribute greatly to a country’s economy. In the U.S., for instance, data from the U.S. Census Bureau showed that the number of small businesses has risen by 49 percent since 1982. Today, many individuals and groups continue to set up businesses targeting the local and international market.

Starting a business of any type requires the proper legal documents and insurance to ensure that everything is legitimate and your business is protected from various risks.

Being knowledgeable about the different types of insurance is a must. Here are 10 of them you need to consider regardless of the size of your business.

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