Between The Legal Lines: Trending Topics at the Intersection of Business & Law

Running a CPA firm or a small- to medium-sized business in today’s competitive business environment requires a strategic approach that incorporates both the day-to-day needs of the organization combined with an understanding of the legal risks and rewards. As part of the Continuing Business Education (CBE) program of the RI Society of CPAs, D&S attorneys presented a half-day seminar on  on topics at the intersection of business and law for CPAs, CFOs, and other business and service professionals. See PowerPoint here.

NON-COMPETITION, NON-SOLICITATION, CONFIDENTIALITY & WORK-FOR-HIRE AGREEMENTS by Stacey Nakasian

Some employment contracts contain clauses that restrict an employee’s actions both during and after the period of employment. These clauses safeguard the employer’s business interests and commonly include agreements on non-solicitation, non-competition, confidentiality and work-for-hire. Given the ever-changing legal landscape of employment law, it can be a formidable challenge to stay abreast of “best practices” and ongoing legislation. This program will address — from a management view — the purposes of and differences between the agreements.

BYOD, SOCIAL MEDIA & PRIVACY by Rachelle Green

In blurring the line between our professional and personal lives, the prevalence of social media and the trend toward BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) often prompt businesses to implement programs and policies governing employee behavior, … which may create a conundrum around data retention, the security of confidential information, wage-and-hour implications and privacy. Implemented properly, these policies can improve employee morale and convenience, reduce business costs, and boost productivity and revenue. Review the laws and regulations that impact social media, BYOD policies, and privacy of communications, and highlight relevant considerations.

BASICS OF BUSINESS LAW by Joshua Celeste

Whether you are forming or selecting a type of entity for your company; determining the optimal strategy and step-by-step road-map for your next business deal; or planning ahead for the tax implications and liabilities related to your organization, knowing the legal nuances behind transactional structures is critical to business planning. Review best-practices and common pitfalls in running, managing and growing a business.