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Should Vaccine-Resistant Workers Who Leave Their Jobs Receive Unemployment?

By Richard Dahl

If an employee is fired for refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, in most cases they do not qualify for state unemployment compensation. Employers have broad latitude in setting work requirements for employees, and mandating vaccination is one of them. That's because employers who want to take steps to keep their workplaces safe for everyone may see unvaccinated workers as a risk. In most states, the law may consider refusal to get a vaccination when required by an employer as misconduct.

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What Immigration-Related Questions Can You Ask a Job Candidate?

By Camila Laval, J.D.

It's easy to assume there's a clear divide between who can legally work in the U.S. and who can't. But there is a significant gray area comprised of candidates who could work in the U.S. if they had employment sponsorship, candidates with temporary but otherwise unrestricted employment authorization, and candidates who may only work for a specific type of employer.

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Can a Small Business Invest in Stocks?

By Tim Kelly, J.D.

When you own a small business, it's all about income. A classic shop or store may have profits from sales or service. A startup may have venture capital money coming in. In either case, you might need to get a little more creative with your revenue streams. Individuals and investment funds can make money off the stock market, so why not your small business? But before you start day trading with company funds, here's what you need to know about your small business investing in stocks.

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Do I Need a Lawyer to Form a Nonprofit?

By Kimberly Lekman, Esq.

Entrepreneurs are natural self-starters with a belief they can do it all themselves, including all of the incorporation work necessary to start a small business. (And with some of the resources available on the internet, sometimes they might be right.) But incorporation can be a tricky thing to get right. And if you're starting a nonprofit to do good, make sure you do it well. That may mean hiring an attorney to help you with starting a nonprofit.

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EEOC: Businesses May Mandate COVID-19 Vaccinations

By Richard Dahl

Companies that are making plans to reopen offices and workplaces have received a green light from the federal government that they may require returning employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. On May 28, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission issued an advisory stating that employers could require vaccinations for those who are returning to the job as long as they are not “coercive" and meet other legal requirements.

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What to Do When Employees Do Not Want to Return to Work

By Kellie Pantekoek, Esq.

Currently, all 50 states have begun reopening their economies after COVID-19 closures, which means small businesses across the county — from restaurants to gyms to hair salons — have reopened or are preparing to reopen. Business owners know they need their employees to return in order to get back to business, but some are finding that not all employees are willing to return to work, often out of fear of being exposed to COVID-19.

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