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Non-Compete Agreements in Iowa

By: Joseph Rust Employees are often considered a company's greatest asset.  In many cases, your employees give you the advantage over your competitors, and therefore, the success of your business is directly affected by the performance of your employees. That can be why it is so important to train and develop your employees in their role [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:06+00:00January 15th, 2019|Business Law|

Should An Unpaid Subcontractor Ever Walk Off The Job?

By: Joseph Rust Speak with any subcontractor, and they will have undoubtedly encountered the following scenario: having not been paid by a general contractor for the work performed. So, should an unpaid subcontractor walk off the job before the project is complete? Speak with an experienced construction lawyer, and the answer will undoubtedly be a [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:06+00:00December 17th, 2018|Business Law|

How Long Should you Keep Business Records?

By: Joseph Rust In an increasingly paperless world, many businesses are not sure how long records must be retained.  Document retention or record keeping in a small business may not be as cumbersome as for a large corporation, but it similarly as important. Additionally, small or family businesses likely don't have a staff member dedicated [...]

By |2018-11-14T17:29:53+00:00November 14th, 2018|Business Law|

Misclassification of Iowa Workers

By: Joseph Rust Does your business have employees or do you use independent contractors? Maybe it is a combination of both? The misclassification of employees as independent contractors presents one of the most serious problems facing affected workers, employers, and even the entire economy. Employers need to be very careful and absolutely certain when classifying [...]

By |2018-09-25T19:22:57+00:00September 25th, 2018|Business Law|

Common Pitfalls When Running a Family Business

By Joseph Rust Own or operating a business with your family?  Over half of the businesses currently operating in the United States are family businesses.  While the term family business is used loosely most would agree it is some business with a combination of multiple family members involved as the owners, managers and employees.  These can [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:06+00:00July 18th, 2018|Business Law|

Sullivan & Ward, P.C. Announces Shareholder Changes

West Des Moines, IA, Thursday, February 1, 2018 - Sullivan & Ward, P.C. announces the following firm shareholder changes: Sullivan & Ward, P.C. is pleased to announce the promotion of Attorney Amanda A. James to shareholder. James is a public utility attorney who has established her expertise in public utility law and regulation through representation [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:06+00:00February 5th, 2018|Sullivan & Ward Spotlight|

Trademarks and Business Protection

Operating a business and want to distinguish your goods and services from those of all other companies? You should likely consider filing for a trademark. A trademark or service mark or also simply referred to as a "mark" is a word, name, symbol, device, or even any combination of used to distinguish the goods or [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:06+00:00October 3rd, 2017|Business Law, Regulatory Compliance|

Obtaining and Conducting Business using a DBA

Own a Company but operating your business under a different name than originally used to form the business? Have you registered, filed, or recorded for a Doing Business As, "DBA", or "d/b/a" also known as Trade Name, Fictitious Business Name or Assumed Name? Depending on how your company is organized you will need to file [...]

By |2019-10-21T18:48:06+00:00August 3rd, 2017|Business Law|