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How to investigate harassment claims internally

There are few times when your business will face a major crisis. The way your business responds can greatly impact your reputation with your employees and the public. These moments may present you with the most stressful business decisions you will ever have to make. Harassment claims are one of those times.

The way in which you approach the situation will reflect on you as a business owner as well as an employer. When an employee or client alerts you to a possible issue, whether it is verbal, discriminatory, violent or sexual in nature, you have a duty to investigate.

Your divorce attorney may ask for these documents

Don’t be surprised by the amount of paperwork necessary for a successful divorce case. Although gathering documents at the start of the divorce process can seem like a monumental chore, your efforts will pay off when it’s time to divide assets.

In fact, you could even track down this information before your first consultation. While it’s usually not necessary to gather all records before your meeting, these documents will give you and your attorney a better understanding of your financial situation.

How to successfully review a contract

Business owners will likely sign many legally binding contracts over the course of their career. Contracts are often full of legal jargon and overly-complicated phrasing, which might tempt you to sign without analyzing its terms.

However, the contract may contain a clause that can come back to haunt your company. Before you agree to the terms, be aware of what you and the other party must do to fulfill your promises. There are a couple key strategies to reviewing contracts.

What to do if a child chooses the other parent

Divorce isn’t just stressful for the couple involved; it can also be extremely difficult for their children. Children and teens may be confused or upset by such a major life change and might not understand why divorce happened. Because of this, they might blame you, which is heartbreaking for any parent.

Divorce has damaged your relationship with your child, so you might worry about how to make amends. After all, their preference for the other parent can greatly affect custody and visitation rights.

Telecom group fined $13 million: didn’t specify paid content

Sinclair Broadcast Group, which manages several radio and television stations from Hunt Valley, Maryland, now faces a hefty fine from the Federal Communications Commission. It’s a fine of a whopping $13.4 million, to be exact.

The reason for the fine is an issue business owners in many forms of media should pay attention to. For nearly seven months, Sinclair aired content that a third party paid to promote, but failed to adequately inform viewers that some were sponsored features. For other features, Sinclair disclosed that a third party purchased them, but not which entity paid for them.

Avoid financial fallout after divorce

During a divorce, the division of assets and debt can transform your financial situation. You could find yourself in a less stable position than when you were still married. What you do after the divorce is complete, however, could help you regain financial independence – or create massive debt.

Your emotions are likely running wild during this period of life change. Increased stress can be hard for your health, but this situation can also destroy your wallet if you don’t have a preemptive plan. It’s easy to try to make yourself feel better through shopping or ignoring bills, which is why you should pay attention to your habits during the months after finalizing divorce.

Do stay-at-home parents lose everything in divorce?

Question: I’m a stay-at-home mom. My two children are 5 and 3 years old, so I haven’t been able to make money for the past few years. Meanwhile, my husband has purchased most of what we own. Now that we are getting a divorce, do I get half of it? Will he get to keep everything, including the house?

Answer: Parents who sacrifice their career to take care of their home and children do not need to worry that they will be left with nothing. Maryland follows “equitable distribution” of assets in divorce, which means that couples don’t split everything in half. Instead, a court will help decide what each person should receive.

Why your business needs a paper trail

Nobody likes hearing that the IRS chose to audit them, but business managers might feel even more distressed. Your company probably has seemingly endless transactions within its regular operations and now you must somehow account for all of it.

In order to prove that you and your business abide by the law, you must help the IRS or investigators follow the money through evidence. You may have already heard that you need a “paper trail” for your company, but what does that actually require?

Discussing child support and its importance

Having a child is a massive responsibility. When you and your spouse raise your son or daughter, there will be myriad commitments and things you need to look out for. Over time, you will also spend a lot of money to make sure your child is educated, healthy, and happy. And in many of the same ways, if you and your spouse eventually get divorced, your child support payments will be used for the same reasons.

Child support is a critical issue, one that can often be misunderstood by parents who are going through a divorce. Child custody is not awarded arbitrarily. There is a set formula that is used to determine how much a spouse should receive in child support -- if child support is awarded at all. That formula is based on a wide range of factors, such as the length of the marriage and the income of the parents involved.

Tax reform threatens the alimony deductible

If you’ve been keeping up with the news in Maryland, you have probably heard about the possible changes taking place in tax policies. Congress has proposed eliminating several deductions for everything from health care to student loans, but the government now aims some changes at alimony.

Currently, divorced ex-spouses who pay alimony do not have to pay extra for taxes because alimony counts as a deductible. This allows both halves of a split family to use money as fairly as the divorce dictates.

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