As discussed in the EEOC and other labor industry information below, it is possible to develop acceptable policies and procedures for using criminal background checks in the applicant screening process without violating hiring discrimination regulations. However, due to the general complexities and legal risks, we always recommend that our members consult their business labor lawyers in order identify the federal and state labor laws applicable to their employees and businesses and to develop hiring and other personnel policies and procedures that are legally compliant.
From a general business perspective, the law varies between private consumer numbers and business numbers. For example, you can make business marketing calls to business phone numbers in published directories (print, online, etc)
C corp to S corp conversion: An S corp is a tax status election only, so converting from a C corp to an S corp is a fairly simple process. An S corp is created by forming a subchapter C, or regular, corporation with the state and then electing subchapter S corporation tax status for the corporation by filing Federal Form 2553 with the IRS. A business can also operate for a period of time as a C corp before it elects for S corp tax status.
Many people who are in a situation where they could really use legal counsel choose not to get it. There are a number of reasons for this, including personality, intimidation, and cost concerns. Managing these issues will help you determine whether you need to seek outside help.
Small business owners are naturally do-it-yourselfers, and that instinct can spring up when legal issues arise. While there are plenty of self-help books and websites available that promise to save dollars in the short term, this can be risky. You have to know which resources to trust, and which to avoid.
When you hire an attorney, you need to make sure that everyone involved understands how fees will be handled. You have to manage expectations so that there are no surprises for anyone. It can be an expensive service, so know what you’re getting and what you’re paying for it.