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Are cyberattacks the top 21st-century business challenge thus far?

Here’s an increasingly common answer to the above headline query leading off today’s Gottschlich & Portune blog post: Arguably they are.

For, truly, what other business risk rivals a sizable cyberattack for the broad-cased calamity it can spawn?

Timely estate planning considerations as the New Year commences

“[W]ell before it is necessary.”

A wealth planning expert writing for Forbes strongly endorses the above-cited timeframe for an individual or family in Ohio or elsewhere to duly consider estate planning essentials and craft well-tailored and legally tight documents.

An employee paper trail could save your business

One thing that Ohio business owners figure out fairly quickly is that they need to keep on top of their paperwork. Even if you keep everything on your computer system, you back it up in order to avoid losing important information.

If you have employees, you could say that keeping accurate records is crucial. Some of the records you keep on each employee come from complying with federal and Ohio laws. Then, you have the paperwork required to meet your company's policies and procedures. You may also keep some records because the human resource industry recommends it. You may also have miscellaneous records about each employee that you keep informally and not on a regular basis.

Written warnings to workers: some considerations for Ohio employers

Are you an Ohio employer thinking that your company should have a more fine-tuned policy for issuing written warnings to workers with performance-related or on-the-job behavioral problems?

Trust your instincts. If you’re preoccupied with that subject matter, it’s likely your company handbook could profit from a bit of attention and updating.

Potential downside huge for hotel chain in hacking matter

"May I see your passport and a credit card, please?"

Hundreds of millions of people have complied with that request in recent years while checking into Marriott and Starwood hotels across the globe. Employees have dutifully input their relevant information into hotel computers.

What is the state of the state in Ohio re business going forward?

Things seem just a bit stressful these days on the economic front, don’t they? The global trade war is certainly disconcerting, with last week’s plummeting stock market values underscoring the concern. Price dislocation surrounding oil is factoring into year-end angst. Capitol Hill intrigue is, as always, on firm display in Washington, D.C. Many people wonder what impact the new post-election Congress will have on the nation’s commercial sphere come next year.

In short, things are just about par for the course, with there always being a few unsettled and worrisome factors to dwell upon.

Interview questions that could constitute gender discrimination

As you run your Ohio business, you will likely need to hire new employees from time to time. You may dread the process because it can be time consuming, and you may also have to deal with interviewees who seem to simply waste your time. Still, you have a duty to find the right person for the job, even if it means hours of scrutiny over cover letters, resumes and interview answers.

Of course, during the course of finding the right person, you do not want to find yourself accused of unjustly ruling out a person. Even during the interview process, accusations of discrimination could come against you and your company. In particular, female prospective employees could make such claims if you ask inappropriate questions.

Regulators’ eyes on Ohio when it comes to bitcoin

Has Ohio suddenly become a global trailblazer as a venue promoting the legitimacy and widespread use of so-called cryptocurrency?

Many readers of our business law blog at the Dayton legal firm of Gottschlich & Portune undoubtedly have some smarts regarding precisely what cryptocurrencies are and what they entail. Others, though, likely don’t. That alternative-to-cash realm is still relatively new and enveloped in near fog-like mystery.

Reducing slip-and-fall risks for your restaurant employees

Running a restaurant may have always been a dream of yours. From a young age, you have loved cooking, and over the years, you have honed your business skills. Now, your business is up and running, and you have numerous employees to help you conduct operations.

Of course, as an employer, you have various duties to your employees, including keeping them as safe as possible on the job. This responsibility means taking certain actions to improve workplace safety. In particular, your workers could face slip-and-fall risks on the job, and if they suffer injuries in such an incident, they may file a workers' compensation claim.

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