Business Operations

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Business laws include all municipal, state, and federal laws that regulate businesses and commerce. For example, at the local level, some cities may require businesses operating within their boundaries to obtain a business license. Additionally, cities may have ordinances that restrict the location of businesses to areas zoned for commercial use. At the state level, a business will have to comply with a state's labor and employment laws when hiring employees. This includes wage and hour regulations, as well as any workplace safety laws regulating the business. Additionally, the state may also regulate certain businesses (e.g., contractors, attorneys, doctors, cosmetologists, etc.) by imposing licensing requirements. Federal laws that may impact a business include antitrust laws, federal labor and employment laws, and immigration laws.

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  • The Evolution of Executive Compensation and the Impact of Say on Pay April 22, 2014 The NYT published a pair of pieces on executive compensation. One looked at the amount (a 9% increase in the median) and the other looked at the metrics used to determine the amount. Other articles have suggested that companies use a wide variety of…
  • State Crowdfunding Exemptions and Federal Law April 21, 2014 The SEC has proposed, but not yet adopted, an exemption that would allow securities to be sold to the general public through crowdfunding. But a number of states have beat the SEC to the punch, adopting exemptions allowing securities to...
  • How Much Does an Offering Memorandum Cost? April 21, 2014 By Alixe Cormick Asking what the "all-in-costs" are for preparing an offering memorandum (an OM) is like asking how much it costs to build a house. A new 4,000 square foot custom-built house in West Vancouver, BC will cost more than a 1,200 square…
  • Trade-marks: Guest Post: Proposed Changes to Canada's Trademark Laws April 20, 2014 Guest post by Andrei Mincov (Trademark Factory – reprinted with permission) As many of you know, the Federal Government recently introduced Bill C-31, the Economic Action Plan 2014, No. 1. Among the changes to almost 40 different pieces of…
  • Bust-up candidates not just an 80s thing April 18, 2014 Many of the cases we study in my M&A course and in Corporations stem from the mid-1980s when the "bust-up deal" was the order of the day. It's often surprising to law students that a corporation might be "worth more...