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Employees’ Discussion of Work Conditions: Including Pay

Do you tell your employees not to discuss their pay with each other?  If you do, you are not alone … and you are violating the law.  The National Labor Relations Act of 1935 prohibits interfering with employees’ discussion of work conditions, including pay.  If you are interested in more information, please contact us at 505-848-8581.  In the meantime, this article from the Atlantic is a good primer on the subject:

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/07/when-the-boss-says-dont-tell-your-coworkers-how-much-you-get-paid/374467/


Social Media, Private Conversations and Your Business

In the fast-paced world of tweets, Facebook posts, and cell phone cameras, people often post before really thinking. Similarly, what is said in private conversation doesn’t always stay private these days.

Recently a ‘private’ conversation between Clippers owner, Donald Sterling, and his girlfriend made big news and became the subject of both news streams and headlines, after a recording of the conversation was made public. Read more here.

This situation clearly shows us that the lines of communication are being blurred as technology advances. Today, almost everyone carries around a video camera in their pocket via their cell phone. As a result, things said in personal communication can easily and quickly be broadcast to the world. Things said by you, or one of your employees, has the potential to spread like wildfire, adversely affecting your business.

With a vast majority of people online and connected via social media, the lines get even fuzzier. There are multiple mediums in which comments can be made public, and the lines between protecting someone’s right to make personal comments and protecting your company’s image are tough lines to walk. There are many questions that can surface regarding whether something said in a ‘personal’ venue should or can affect your business disposition. Additionally, as a business owner, you might have questions about how much control you have over what your employees say or post in these ‘personal’ areas of communication.

We’d love to hear from you on this issue, find out how the various types of personal communication may be affecting your business, and offer you a free consultation to discuss your legal needs as a business owner. Give us a call today at (505) 848-8581.


Business Law Southwest, LLC. on Good Day New Mexico

Donald Kochersberger discusses business services offered by Business Law Southwest, LLC on Good Day New Mexico.  See the KOB-4 video here.


Cannabis Laws Creating New Industries, New Laws and Regulations

In late 2012, Colorado voted to legalize marijuana for recreational uses. New Mexico, Arizona, and many other states allow the use of medical cannabis with a doctor’s recommendation. This means that there are new businesses popping up across the southwest, and there are new banking practices and regulations that must be put into effect to accommodate this new industry.

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Same-Sex Marriage and Business Partnerships

Owning a business with one’s spouse is a common—albeit arguably stressful at times—occurrence. At BLSW, we know that managing legal matters as a partnership—both in marriage and in business—is always easier with a strong and skilled team on your side, and we’re happy to help answer questions that arise with understanding the collaboration of marriage and business.

On December 19, 2013 the New Mexico Supreme Court issued a life-changing ruling for many couples—and potentially for many business owners—across the state. (See more on the ruling here). With their ruling in favor of marriage equality, there are many recently married same-sex couples and many who plan to marry in coming months. Some of these couples might have been together for years, decades even. As a result, there are likely many who have been business partners as well for quite some time. With their new marriage, though, there are important aspects of business operations and legal practices for their business that need to be addressed.

We sincerely congratulate the same-sex couples who have recently married, and who are able to enjoy the same freedoms under the law as every other couple. We encourage all business owners who are newly wed—or newly partnered in business—to contact us. We can offer legal advice to plan for the future and help your business thrive. For more information, please check out our website at: www.businesslawsw.com.