Receiving a small business status can be valuable when it comes to federal contracts and other benefits. Make sure your small business status isn’t in jeopardy as a result of your business relationships. In federal government contracting, small businesses that have been awarded the status by the federal government as a “small” business are eligible…

Running a small business may spook some people, but not these Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE) members! Margaret Cassidy, Cassidy Law: TRICK: “Identifying and spending time with others (through happy hours, emails, etc) who run a small business in my same industry. Although they are technically competitors, they also experience the same problems I have….

A lot of organizations have helplines where employees or others can call to ask questions or raise ethical or legal concerns. Anyone who has ever reviewed the information from these helplines or responded to the calls know just how diverse and, frankly, crazy some of the calls can be. It is not surprising that crazy…

Most attorneys are familiar with the basics of the attorney-client privilege, the attorney work product doctrine and attorney ethics rules to maintain client confidentiality. Although these precepts are governed by the law of the jurisdiction, the general protections are similar regardless of the jurisdiction. The attorney-client privilege protects communications between a client and an attorney…

The FBI raid on Michael Cohen’s law offices is the most noteworthy search warrant of 2018 for two reasons.   First, because Michael Cohen was the president’s lawyer for years.   Second, because it opened the eyes of many, to include some lawyers, to the fact that although there is an attorney-client privilege, it can…

There are times when companies that have Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) reporting requirements AND that perform classified work for the U.S. federal government find themselves in a quandary because… The SEC requires companies to file financial reports in certain instances so the public has the information it needs to make decisions about investing in the…

Sports apparel company Under Armour instituted a new policy in 2018 that in my opinion wins as the best new corporate policy of 2018. According to the Wall Street Journal, Under Armour’s chief financial officer sent employees an email explaining that Under Armour would no longer reimburse expenses for adult entertainment, limousine services and gambling….

Question: What do: Cuban cigars A gas line to a heated pool Dinners at a French restaurant A job with a prestigious bank A charitable contribution Have in common? Answer: Each was considered a bribe in a corruption and/or racketeering scheme to improperly influence a government official or government employee to use their position to…

Do ethics and compliance have a price? Yep, and it varies depending on the scenario. But for this post, I am going to start my calculation at about $4.5 billion dollars. In 2015, Forbes Magazine put Ms. Elizabeth Holmes, founder and CEO of Theranos, on its list of the world’s richest self-made women with a…

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