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Working from Home & Workers’ Compensation in North Carolina

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For many companies, allowing employees to telecommute, or work from home, cuts down on costs and helps their bottom line. But those employees are not exempt from workers’ compensation coverage just because there isn’t a physical building for an accident to occur. Even though an employer cannot control the telecommuters’ working conditions at home, courts…

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I’m Hiring a New Salesperson, Do I Need a Non-Compete?


Non-competes, also known as “covenants not to compete,” are restrictive covenants found in some employment agreements. A non-compete is an agreement between the employer and employee that restricts the employee’s right to compete with the employer for a set period of time after employment ends. Employers opt for non-competes most often in situations where they…

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Starting Your Own Business in North Carolina

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Maybe you’ve always dreamed of starting your own company, or you’re already earning a little money from a hobby and want to turn it into a business.  Perhaps you’re just fed up with working for someone else and want to be your own boss.  Whatever your motivation, you want to start your own business in…

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Mathew Answers Your Employment Law Questions

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Mathew Flatow, founding partner at SeiferFlatow in Charlotte, NC, is an experienced employment law and workers’ compensation attorney who has helped many in North Carolina residents with their employment and workers’ compensation cases. In addition to his hard work in and out of the courtroom, Mathew often takes the time to answer questions on Avvo,…

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Hiring New Employees: Protecting AND Growing Your Business

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After a grueling search over resumes, countless interviews, and internal discussion you finally landed the perfect new addition to your company.  There is not a better feeling than finding that new addition who you feel will work wonders for the business. Now that you have the best person and they have accepted your offer, it’s…

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Are Independent Contractors Worth the Hype?

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If you have started your own business or you already run a small business by yourself and you want to bring on help, you may think hiring independent contractors are the way to go. You may have heard that independent contractors are better for small businesses than hiring full- or part-time employees, but before making…

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An Employee Filed a Claim Against me with the EEOC. What do I Do?

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) is the federal agency responsible for investigating and prosecuting claims of discrimination in the workplace.  Employees who feel they have been discriminated against have 180 days from the date of the alleged discriminatory act to file a charge with the EEOC.  Within 10 days of receiving the charge, the…

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What is a fair workers’ compensation settlement?

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Whether you work in an industrial, office, or retail setting, there is always going to be the possibility that you are injured on the job. Workplace accidents can take on many different forms, ranging from slip and falls, injuries caused by falling materials, overexertion, exposure to harmful chemicals, injuries resulting from workplace conditions and practices,…

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Can I file a workers’ compensation claim after being terminated?

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Under North Carolina’s Retaliatory Employment Discrimination Act (REDA), workers who file a workers’ compensation claim are protected from retaliation by their employers [§ 95-241(a)(1)(a)]. This means that your employer cannot fire, demote, or change your employment situation for the worse because you file a workers’ compensation claim. However, North Carolina employers do not have to…

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