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Business & Tax Law News

June 16, 2022

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   Hand Holding Gavel   

Litigation 101 - What Happens in a Lawsuit?

Mark T. Koerner

Litigation can cause anxiety for just about anyone, whether you are being sued, or you find yourself in a position where you have to sue someone else. A general understanding of the litigation process can help relieve some of that anxiety.

This article is a general outline of the litigation process in case you find yourself in a situation where you have been sued or you need to sue someone else...

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Wage and Hour Law 101 for Employers

Cliff L. Hammond

Every employer and HR department has reviewed wage and hour laws, but even for the most experienced companies, a few common questions always come up.

  • How much do I have to pay?
  • What will wages look like in the next few years?
  • Does a bonus affect overtime?
  • What type of damages could I face if I don’t pay employee's properly?
  • How do I stay out of the crosshairs of the government?

Some of the answers might not be as straightforward as you’d think. Below, we’ve put together some of the most important points on the basics of wage and hour laws and what employers need to know...

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   Employer Handing Employee Bonus   

Video: Learn Executive Compensation Options & Negotiation

Mindi M. Johnson

As any employer these days can attest, keeping your top employees can be a challenge. During the 'Great Resignation', millions have left their jobs and employers cannot afford to lose those in senior management and executive-level positions.

To keep employees motivated and satisfied, it's important to set the right benefits package. Among the aspects of the following video featuring employee benefits attorney Mindi Johnson are:

  1. Structuring a win/win compensation package for the business and executive team
  2. Trends in executive compensation programs
  3. Negotiation considerations and tactics



Join Us For Upcoming Second Wednesday Litigation Series

July 13, 2022

It is important to educate yourself and your organization should the worst happen and a lawsuit is necessary. Join us for a three-part series as our Second Wednesday Morning Break virtual series focuses on litigation featuring a Foster Swift litigator: 

  • On July 13, Brandon Schumacher will discuss "what to do if you are thinking of suing someone". 
  • On August 10, Hilary Stafford will discuss "what to do if you have been sued". 
  • On September 14, Fred Dilley will discuss "alternative dispute resolution".

More details on each session to come. Registration for each of these events can be found at the following link:







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