The Four Mistakes: Avoiding the Legal Landmines that Lead to Business Disaster

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The four Mistakes is for business owners, executives, and managers who want to protect their companies, careers, and futures from one of the most dangerous and misunderstood risks there is: the law. It will help you understand and then evade four potentially devastating business risks that can turn your successes into failures. You'll also learn how to take advantage of competitors who don't understand those ...

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Overview

The four Mistakes is for business owners, executives, and managers who want to protect their companies, careers, and futures from one of the most dangerous and misunderstood risks there is: the law. It will help you understand and then evade four potentially devastating business risks that can turn your successes into failures. You'll also learn how to take advantage of competitors who don't understand those risks.

The First Mistake: Losing the Documentation War

The Second Mistake: Losing the Employee vs. Employer War

The Third Mistake: Giving Away the Secrets of Your Success

The Four Mistake: Climbing Mountains That Should Have Been Molehills, Fighting Battles That Don't Have to Be Fought

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Trachtman, president of a Philadelphia law firm and founder/operator of a consulting outfit, condenses 30 years of experience helping businesses out of legal trouble to outline four of the most common mistakes. Trachtman says that business, "in substantial part," is "the art of foreseeing and managing risk," but that the risks posed by our laws and legal system often go unnoticed until lawsuits are threatening to bring down a successful company. Including chapters on documentation, the employee-employer divide, "competition v. protectionism," and facing problems appropriately ("mountains that should have been molehills"), Trachtman cites actual cases and up-to-the-minute changes in legislation, offering proactive strategies through a sustained, fictional lawsuit narrative. This attorney's toolbox shows that a little knowledge on employment law, even if some of it is technical legalese, goes a long way; Trachtman's contention that Congress and the Obama administration have promised to make it easier (and more profitable) for employees to sue employers means it's more pressing than ever for business owners to grasp the legal issues at hand.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402768170
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/6/2010
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,449,993
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Author's Note IX

Introduction: "I Was Doing Great. How Could This Happen?" 1

Chapter 1 The First Mistake: Losing the Documentation War 5

Understanding the Problem: The "My Word Against Your Word" Issue 6

Creating the Solution: E-Mail and Other Weapons of Mass Destruction 19

The Attorney Hotline 34

Warning: It Won't Work if You're the Only One Who Does It 40

Chapter 2 The Second Mistake: Losing the Employee vs. Employer War 45

Why Is Congress Allowing This to Happen? 47

Employee vs. Employer Lawsuits: Little Risk, Lots of Reward 48

Understanding the Problem: The "How Was I Supposed to Know That?" Issue 51

The Employment Law Flyover: A Little Knowledge Is Not Necessarily a Dangerous Thing 72

Creating the Solution: Legal Audits, Emergency Repairs, Preventive Maintenance, and Red Flags 119

Chapter 3 The Third Mistake: Giving Away the Secrets of Your Success 135

Understanding the Problem: Competition vs. Protectionism 135

Creating the Solution—Nine Goals: Lots of Ammunition … but with an Expiration Date 156

Chapter 4 The Fourth Mistake: Climbing Mountains that Should Have Been Molehills, Fighting Battles that Don't Have to Be Fought 191

Understanding the Problem: Obvious Issues, Hidden Solutions 192

Creating the Solution: The Legal Toolbox 194

Acknowledgments 237

Index 239

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