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Politics in the Workplace

The current political climate has created real divisiveness as of late. I talk to employers everyday who indicate to me that the frustration is not limited to the pontifications on the U.S. Senate floor; it is invading our work spaces.  Media coverage is blaring from the TV in the break room and streaming to everyone’s […]

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How to Avoid Unpleasant, Workplace Visits from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Complying with I-9 and E-Verify requirements is a hot topic at employment law conferences across the country. These days it’s nearly impossible to avoid the topic of immigration and given the current political climate, you have every reason to be concerned about your business being targeted. How do I prevent a visit from ICE? While […]

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How to Place an Employee on Administrative Leave

Administrative Leave is a common practice used by companies when they are investigating claims that are more severe or emotionally charged. The purpose of an Administrative Leave is to remove the accused party or parties from the workplace, ensuring the safety of the workforce and allowing for a thorough and untainted investigation to occur. The […]

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Is Crying at Work Appropriate?

Crying at work is a topic that has come up a lot recently. Workplaces are changing and employees want to feel like they can behave in a “genuine” fashion when interacting with coworkers and customers. As you can imagine, there are varying schools of thought about whether crying is appropriate for the workplace and how […]

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Emotional Support Animals and Businesses

From the airport to the doctor’s office or the local grocery store, it’s becoming more and more common to notice emotional support animals or service dogs, assisting their owners in a variety of ways. Although it might be difficult to tell them apart at first glance, there are important distinctions in the laws and roles […]

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New Mexico Living: Vanesa Lewinger

Vanesa Lewinger is a Human Resources Advisor for Law 4 Small Business and she helps business owners when HR issues that arise. Examples of some of these issues are Policy and Procedure Handbooks (creating or updating), Dealing with Toxic Employees, Employee Files, I-9 Audits, EEOC Complaints. She was invited to come speak on local television […]

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How to Start a Restaurant

Starting your own restaurant is a huge endeavor. According to the National Restaurant Association, in 2019 there is $863 billion in projected sales in the restaurant business. There is a ton of money to made in opening a restaurant, but you must do things correctly from the beginning in order to be profitable. Simply having […]

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The 5 Most Common Lawsuits Filed Against Small Business Owners.

Is your business doing all it can to avoid these types of lawsuits? I recently did some research into the most common lawsuits that are filed against small business owners.  What I see coming across my desk here at the L4SB office matches what is happening across the country.  Article after article, case after case […]

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Is your business ready for an I-9 Audit from ICE?

What is an I-9 Audit? US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is responsible for conducting I-9 Audits.  What this means is ICE will dispatch officers to businesses to audit your employees’ files.  The I-9 is specifically inspected to ensure it has been filled out correctly and the appropriate identification information has been retained.  Following designated […]

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