Category: Corporate & Business law

ADA Website Compliance – Is Your Business Up to Date?

June 9, 2022  |  Tyler W. Eubank

By Tyler Eubank and Sara Engemann The Americans with Disabilities act, signed into law in 1990, could not have possibly predicted the magnitude with which the internet would impact the daily lives of Americans. What once could only be accomplished in a brick-and-mortar location, like seeing a doctor or grocery shopping, can now be done completely online and from anywhere in the world. As a website could be considered a “public accommodation” under the ADA, the accessibility of websites is a new frontier in ADA litigation. For the time being, courts disagree about the standards under the ADA, with some circuits requiring stricter standards than others. As a result, the rules may differ from state to state or jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Under certain standards, an accessible website: (1) does not include flashing graphics that could induce seizures, (2) includes text descriptions of all images so that the images can be described by a screen reader, and (3) allows the site to be navigated via keyboard alone, allowing users that cannot grip or operate a mouse to access the site, to name a few. The ADA has already bred “drive-by ADA lawsuits” where a business receives an ADA complaint and then a nearly instant demand for payment of attorney’s fees related to the alleged…

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Is Your Company Record Book a Thing of the Past?

April 25, 2022  |  Carole Clark Isakson

Business operations are constantly modernizing, and certainly the most substantial changes in the last 50 years center on internet use and electronic data. With advancements in technology, is your company record book a thing of the past? Keep reading to learn more about how and where to retain business data, details, and information. Updating Business Operations Businesses are constantly modernizing, and of course much of that is made possible and based on internet use.  Interactions with customers, vendors and other parties are primarily electronic, as the use of actual paper to do business has declined. Even prior to the imposition of COVID measures, companies held board meetings via video conferencing systems, saving significant time and money that would otherwise be spent on airline tickets and additional travel costs. Board materials are now shared via secure data rooms, preserving resources and providing greater protection for sensitive materials. Documents are signed electronically, adding greater efficiency, convenience, and reliability to the process. Which brings me to this: Do you dust off your hardcover company record book – or toss it? Before answering that question, consider why the book exists at all. Documenting the Particulars By law every corporation in Minnesota is required to keep specific records. These are set out in Minnesota Statute Section 302A.461. In…

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Remote Workers and Foreign Business Registration

July 14, 2021  |  Carole Clark Isakson

Flexible and remote working was tested on a massive scale at the onset of COVID-19 sheltering restrictions approximately 15 months ago. It appears to have been largely successful and may have a permanent impact on how and where we work. Read our blog as we discuss the impact of remote workers on foreign business registration. The positive impact of working remotely Many media outlets have suggested that the ability to work remotely is a very important amenity to the majority of Millennial and Generation Z members. Other proponents cite the desire to live in a more affordable location, or to save on commute times and transportation related costs, or even to reduce their carbon footprint. Employers may find that allowing workers to work remotely improves retention and provides a greater pool of qualified employees to fill job openings. Parameters for multi-state employment If you employ people who reside in another state, you may need to register to do business in that state as well. Each state has its own parameters indicating what “doing business” in a state means, so make sure you know the rules. One interesting website, with which we have no affiliation, is https://www.makemymove.com. This site lists cities that offer cash incentives to workers who relocate. Some cities require that to…

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