Work made for hire is an important consideration in companies with employees. This is an area of law dealing with copyrights   Copyright Anytime a person creates something creative, he or she automatically gains a copyright over that content. However, there are a few exceptions to that rule. Work made for hire is one of…

Your first hire is a scary step for any company. It comes with a lot of logistical challenges. Additionally, there are a lot of legal requirements that you have to follow or suffer hefty fines.   What is a First Hire? A first hire is anytime you go from 0 employees to more than 0…

Your first hire is a scary moment in your company’s life. However, if you prepare properly, you can remove a lot of risk.   What is a First Hire? It isn’t a dumb question. A first hire is anytime you go from 0 employees to more than 0 employees. These employees can be part-time or…

Employee competition comes up a lot. However, few people understand what rules apply in this situation.   What is Employee Competition? Employee competition is the act by an employee of working in or aiding a competitive business of the employer. For example, an employee working part-time at an employer’s direct competition. There is no minimal…

Employees’ social media use is a hot topic in law. As the definition of social media is warping and expanding, it is hard to know what you can and cannot restrict when it comes to your employees.   Employees’ Social Media Use Social media use by your employees can be broken down into the following…

Employee Performance Reviews are a crucial part of a human resources department. They not only improve performance, but also cut down on the likelihood of successful unemployment claims against you.   What are Employee Performance Reviews? Performance reviews consist of regularly meeting one-on-one with your employees. You or a trained member of your team should…

A Company Equipment Policy is a part of your employment agreement package. However, it is usually separate from your typical documents you hand to all employees.   What is a Company Equipment Policy? A Company Equipment Policy is a contract with your employees. It outlines how, when, and where your employees may use certain equipment….

Employee theft is a hard situation to be in for many reasons. First and foremost, you’ve lost whatever the employee stole, and that sucks. This article explores what you can legally do to help recover from that employee. Employee Theft Under North Carolina law, Employee Theft is actually called “Larceny by servants and other employees”…

Restrictive Covenants not to compete, or non-compete contracts, are a tool used to protect a company from unfair competition. They are commonly used in the employment context to prevent this competition, but when analyzing them, you must ensure that they are no wider in scope than is necessary to protect a legitimate business interest. Just like…

  In North Carolina, there are different standards for different types of non-competition clauses, formally called restrictive covenants against competition. Employee non-compete contracts are some of the most commonly used non-competes.   Employee Non-Compete Employers typically create these non-competes to protect themselves from an employee taking their trade secrets, client lists, and goodwill to a…

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