Quirky Question #241, Working for Free In Montana At A Start-Up Business

September 2014

Quirky Question I was laid off by my Montana employer and I have decided to help my brother with his start up business. I will be a 50% owner but we are not going to take a salary until revenue is substantial. An accountant friend tells me that my work for free for the start-up may disqualify me for the unemployment benefits I am currently receiving. This cannot be right. I[more...]

Quirky Question #240, Breach Notification Laws

August 2014

Question: Our company has employees and operations in multiple states, and I'm concerned about complying with data breach laws in the various locales.  What's the status of the law on data breach notification? Answer: By Melissa Krasnow As data breaches continue to occur, breach notification laws are being amended or enacted. In the United States, state and federal breach notification laws should be monitored carefully regarding changes, as should breach notification laws in other[more...]

Quirky Question # 239, Employers Might Be Liable For Accidents During The Commute If They Require Employees To Use Their Vehicle During The Work Day

August 2014

Question: Our office manager occasionally runs errands during the day such as delivering something to a customer or picking up lunch for a meeting. We reimburse her at the IRS rate for mileage. Yesterday, on her way home, she rear-ended the car in front of her causing substantial damage.  She has asked for the company’s insurance information. We told her the company is not liable because we are not liable for[more...]

Quirky Question # 238, No Laughing Matter - Company Found Liable for Wrongfully Terminating Independent Contractor’s Agreement

August 2014

Question My company relies on independent contractors, over whom we don't exert control. They often joke around with each other. I'm not liable for employment discrimination if I terminate one of them after they complain about another, right? Dorsey's Analysis By: Mike Droke  and Ieva Aubin Companies using independent contractors should beware of increased enforcement efforts from federal and state labor and tax authorities over misclassification of workers under wage and hour and tax[more...]