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Is Your Website Following DOJ's Accessibility Guidance?

By FindLaw Staff

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) created new guidelines for website accessibility in March. These are in line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) that help provide effective communication, public accommodations, technical standards, and detailed standards for assistive technology. In short, your website needs to be accessible to people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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More Employers Drop Preemployment Pot Testing

By Richard Dahl

It's a great time to be a job seeker. Employers are having a hard time finding enough workers to fill jobs. As a result, they are raising wages to attract candidates. They're also finding another good way to entice prospective hires: excluding marijuana from pre-employment drug tests or eliminating drug tests altogether. But employers face a maze of state and federal statutes and court decisions when they consider adopting or revising marijuana screening policies.

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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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