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The benefits of mandatory arbitration agreements

It may go without saying that businesses want to stay out of court, especially when it comes to defending against employee-based claims. Whether it is a dispute over wages or work conditions, or even sexual harassment and discrimination claims, protracted litigation not only detracts from a business’ bottom line, it could also harm future business relationships.

Should you pay to settle a lawsuit or fight to a verdict?

Litigation, like war, is supposed to be the means of last resort to resolve disputes. Indeed, war has many more permanent consequences, but they have some similar implications. Both cost an exorbitant amount of money, and both cause a great deal of pain and animosity among the combatants.

Coverage for interruptions critical for businesses

In the midst of news about the government shutdown being resolved, not much news is being devoted to the state of the economy. This is probably good news for businesses looking to take advantage of the new tax reform law, and it is also a sign that the economy is in good shape.

Children's electronic maker settles with the FTC

As data analytics become increasingly important for businesses, the collection of data has become a standard of operation. It has become such a mainstream that even electronic toys created for children may be programmed to collect personal information that could be used for future marketing and analysis. However, this information may be collected without obtaining parental permission, which could lead to significant liability.

Are hotels responsible for protecting employees from harassment?

The slew of sexual harassment allegations lodged against powerful, high profile men continues on. Last week, Minnesota senator Al Franken resigned from his post amidst such allegations. Celebrity chef Mario Battali was suspended after similar allegations surfaced. Additionally, talk show host Tavis Smiley has been pulled off the air pending an investigation of inappropriate relationships with subordinates.

Are you ready to deal with security breaches?

If you run a business that completes transactions online, you store confidential information electronically, or have servers to that collect and process such information, avoiding security breaches has to be a high priority issue. After all, there are stories about major companies being hacked and customer information being stolen all the time. This could lead to many forms of identity theft and other cybercrimes.

What vehicles see the least seat belt use here in Louisiana?

Traffic accidents can involve a wide variety of motor vehicles. Different types of vehicles vary in the types of issues that could be likely to come up in accidents involving them. For example, here in Louisiana, it appears there is a fair amount of variation in how likely seat belt use is among different vehicles.

How common is it for businesses to experience cyber attacks?

Cyber attacks can cause all manner of havoc for a business. A recent survey points to it being very common for businesses to find themselves the victims of such attacks these days. It suggests that over half of U.S. companies have been subjected to such an attack in the past year.

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