What does Alabama’s new gun bill mean for employers?

May 21, 2013


On May 20, 2013, the Alabama House voted 73-28 to approve SB 286, the Omnibus Gun Bill, that will affect employers’ ability to limit employees from carrying firearms onto business property. The bill is now on its way to Gov. Robert Bentley, who is expected to sign. [UPDATE: Governor Bentley signed the bill on May 22, […]

How Do You Craft a Successful Social Media Policy?

April 3, 2013


The Birmingham Business Journal asked its social media followers and local experts, including RMLG’s DeWayne Pope, about their best practices for creating a social media policy. DeWayne’s tip? “While there are laws and other legal concerns employers should be aware of, employers should also remember that social media is about developing community and organic, two-way […]

USCIS Releases a New Form I-9

March 11, 2013


On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a new version of the Form I-9 (find it here). According to the USCIS Web site, the “Handbook for Employers Guidance for Completing the Form I-9 (M-274)” is in the process of being updated to correspond to the new form and will be released next […]

Expanded FMLA Rules Take Effect March 8, 2013

March 8, 2013


On February 6, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its final regulations implementing two expansions in the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) under the National Defense Authorization Act of 2010 (“FY 2010 NDAA”) and the Airline Flight Crew Technical Corrections Act (“AFCTCA”). The final rule also revises and clarifies a few other existing regulations. The […]

Congress Avoids Fiscal Cliff And Passes First Major Tax Increase in Almost Twenty Years

January 3, 2013


Early Tuesday morning, the U.S.  Senate passed a bill aimed at averting spending cuts and tax increases that comprised the dreaded “fiscal cliff.”  House Republicans were extremely critical of the bill for not including enough spending cuts.  However, the House approved the bi-partisan legislation under the extreme pressure of trying to avoid the fiscal cliff […]


December 31, 2012


My main goal in writing this series was to bridge the gap between the expectations of the business owner and the abilities of the lawyer. A gulf exists between the two, and hopefully these articles help to fill the gap. I have tried to provide a little education, which I believe is necessary to have […]

Winding Up Investments Gone Bad From A Business Perspective

December 27, 2012


Sometimes, despite management’s best efforts to make the business succeed, the business fails. Sometimes, because of management’s insistence on personal gain, the business fails. Sometimes, the two are commingled. Regardless, the result is the same. The company does not perform up to par, and the expectations of return need to be adjusted downward or possibly […]