business law

Have you started your own business and realize you need to start hiring employees but worried about protecting your company? Here are a few options you have in making sure you are looking out for yourself and for the company, while also working to protect your investment in your employees. Non-Compete Agreement A non-compete agreement…

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independent contractor

How to Decide What’s Right (and Legal) for Your NC Business The decisions to be made when starting a new business in North Carolina, or when the time comes to scale up your business, can be daunting. One of the most important decisions for small business owners to make is “Should I Hire an Independent…

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is my business a hostile work environment

Harassment in the workplace has risen to the forefront in the media, and employers are (rightfully) concerned about how to protect their employees and businesses from workplace harassment claims. Employers want to know what exactly harassment is and how to prevent it. Some employees may complain of conduct that meets the common-sense definition of harassment,…

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Right to Sue letter from EEOC

In most federal employment discrimination cases, before an employee can file a lawsuit against his or her employer, the employee is required to exhaust administrative avenues by filing a charge of discrimination with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Once the complaint is filed, the employer is on notice that any negative actions against the…

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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

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 employment law workers' compensation

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

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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independent contractors

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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employment discrimination charge

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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