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Due to COVID-19, the IRS Pushes Tax Deadline Back to July 15

The traditional tax day of April 15 has passed and millions of Americans are taking advantage of the three-month reprieve given by the federal government and many states in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Depending on your individual circumstances, you might be looking to file as quickly as possible in order to collect your refund. Read More

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Key Aspects of the CARES Act Provisions Authorizing Small Business Loans

Small business owners are necessarily prepared for various types of challenges, but what do you do when the government orders you to close for an indefinite amount of time? Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has put millions in this very difficult position. Even worse, it is still unclear in many places when authorities will allow businesses Read More

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When Can a Worker Sue for Defamation?

Your ability to earn a livelihood depends in large part on your reputation, which can be heavily based on what your present and previous employers or clients say about you. If you believe that anyone connected with your career made disparaging remarks that hurt your prospects for a job or a promotion, you may be Read More

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Potential Tax Effects Associated with the CARES Act Stimulus

Since March, federal and state governments have engaged in a variety of methods designed to safeguard Americans’ health and financial security in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. At any time, taxes have a direct impact on our lives, so it’s natural that some of the key provisions of the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Read More

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How Will Coronavirus Affect Contractual Relationships and Obligations?

How Will Coronavirus Affect Contractual Relationships and Obligations? The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted practically every aspect of American life. Whether closed by government order or by concerns about public safety, millions of businesses around the country have seen their operations come to a halt. Despite the overwhelming effect of COVID-19, it is not a certainty Read More

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Tips for Defending Your Business Reputation Online

In cyberspace, a single negative review, tweet or Facebook post can inflict damage on a business that is difficult to undo. Effectively defending your company’s online reputation demands taking a proactive role rather than waiting until your company is attacked to jump into crisis-management mode. Here are some preventative steps you can take immediately: Control Read More

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Practices for Guarding Against HIPAA Breaches in Your Company

Practices for Guarding Against HIPAA Breaches in Your Company If your company is classified as a “covered entity” (most healthcare providers are covered entities) or a “business associated” of a covered entity, you are surely aware of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA requires protection and confidential handling of individuals’ protected health Read More

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Trademark and Copyright Considerations for Small Businesses

Trademarks and copyrights can be used to prevent your company’s original creations or identifying features from being misappropriated illegally. A trademark can be registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a brand name, slogan, logo or other mark used to distinguish the goods or services of its owner. If a company’s trademark Read More

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Avoiding Claims of Illegal Termination of At-Will Employees

Most employment is at-will, meaning the employer generally has the right to discharge an employee at any time for any reason or for no reason at all. However, a termination or other job action cannot violate protections against unlawful discrimination or retaliation. Federal laws prohibit employment actions based on an individual’s sex, religion, age, race, Read More

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Kyle M. Winslow named partner at Hemmer DeFrank Wessels

Hemmer DeFrank Wessels PLLC is pleased to announce Kyle M. Winslow has been elected to partnership effective January 1, 2020. A member of the firm’s litigation practice group, Kyle concentrates his practice on representing individuals and businesses in complex business disputes, business divorce, and plaintiffs’ defamation matters. Outside of the firm, Kyle was appointed in Read More

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