I Told My Employees That I’m Giving Them Stock Options. Is That Legal?

I Told My Employees That I’m Giving Them Stock Options. Is That Legal?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
Many good and generous employers want to share with their employees. The idea behind giving employees stock is a sound one. Employees who are owners may be more invested in the business’s success. They may feel more appreciated. It could give them a sense of...
Do I Have To Accommodate An Employee Who Uses Medical Marijuana?

Do I Have To Accommodate An Employee Who Uses Medical Marijuana?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
Marijuana is well on its way to being legalized in the United States. I’m going to make a prediction right now. In about a decade’s time, marijuana will be legal to use in the United States. I say that because we are nearing a tipping point in...
Can I Require My Employees To Be Nonsmokers?

Can I Require My Employees To Be Nonsmokers?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
When I first started practicing law, I was asked by a fitness-conscious employer whether he could require his employees to quit smoking. After some research into the Americans with Disabilities Act, I concluded, “no.” Basically, I concluded that smoking...

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Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
HIRING All employers recognize the importance of taking steps to avoid inviting a wrongful termination lawsuit.  However, layoffs and firing are not the only aspects of employment law with which business owners must concern themselves.  It is just as crucial to comply...
If My Employee Criticized My Business On Social Media, Can I Fire Her?

If My Employee Criticized My Business On Social Media, Can I Fire Her?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
It’s a common reaction. An employee bad-mouths you and your business on Facebook. So you fire her. Before the time of social media (and the internet), I was in college. I also worked a job after school where I had a boss who was a strange, quirky person. I did a...
Do Employers Have to Accommodate Employees Who Object to Serving Gay Customers Based on Religious Beliefs?

Do Employers Have to Accommodate Employees Who Object to Serving Gay Customers Based on Religious Beliefs?

Alicia Dearn

Alicia Dearn

CEO + Trial Lawyer at Bellatrix PC
Ms. Dearn gives sharp and insightful legal counsel to entrepreneurs and employers so they can advance their businesses fearlessly. She fixes legal problems.
Alicia Dearn
So I have a heavy topic for you today: Do employers have to accommodate employees who object to serving gay customers based on religious beliefs? Pretend that you own a bakery. You have an employee who sincerely objects against gay marriage for religious reasons. Your...
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