Success in construction requires control at both the organizational and field operations level. The owner must set the culture; put into place a structure, create policies, implement systems and use procedures to control the end result. Control the outcome and the contractor will earn a good profit and achieve success.
Legal Issues for Small Businesses
Almost every small business must deal with legal issues during operations. Most legal issues are compliance in nature, filing proper documents with authorities etc. Others include negotiating contracts and agreements between the business and other entities. Some legal issues go beyond the knowledge of the owner and require assistance from counsel.
There is a tremendous amount of information to convey to fully understand partnership agreements. This is the first in a series of articles related to partnership agreements. Throughout this series I will explain the various sections and issues a small business owner faces in creating a sound and fair agreement with a single or multiple partners.
The Federal Labor Standards Act of 1938 sets the standards as it relates to Exempt and Non-Exempt employees and their associated compensation and work standards. The Labor Standards Act is located in Chapter 20 Section 201 of the Federal Code. This Act is applicable to those small business operations with more than $500,000 of annual revenues and who participate in interstate commerce.
When shareholders invest into a corporation, there is an expectation of limited losses amounting to the financial investment made. However, if the company is not properly run, officers, directors and shareholders are exposed to the blade of the law. This is known as piercing the corporate veil. Therefore it is critical for any shareholder, director, or officer of a small corporation to understand what is required to protect your personal assets from exposure to creditors and the long arm of the government.
As a small business grows, there comes a time when the owner(s) should consider incorporating the business. A corporation is a separate entity recognized by the state of domicile for the business. It is as if a new life is created. The state acknowledges the existence of this entity and therefore grants limited legal rights similar to those rights possessed by the citizens of that state.