Category Archives: Business

CT LAWMAKERS STAND DOWN ON THREAT TO OVERRIDE VETO OF RESTAURANT BILL

Legislative leaders gathered last week in what was originally intended to be an attempt to override one of Gov. Ned Lamont’s first vetoes of a proposed bill. The bill was intended to provide clarification to restaurant owners and their employees on how wages are to be paid. Currently, restaurants are permitted to pay wait staff… Read More »

NEW DEVELOPMENTS FOR CONNECTICUT’S FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT

A new bill was signed into law just this week establishing a paid family and medical leave program for eligible employees in Connecticut [Public Act No. 19-25]. While most of the changes set forth in the Act do not become effective until 2021 or 2022, the Act sets forth a rather expansive and comprehensive scheme… Read More »

“LOOK BOSS, THE [CLAIM], THE [CLAIM]!” – Tattoo, Fantasy Island

Tattoos and piercings are far more prevalent in society today than in recent history. Gone are the days where one would hurriedly cross the street in avoidance of an encounter with a tattooed man or woman walking in their direction. Tattoos are no longer associated with criminals and seedy characters, but now adorn the bodies… Read More »

WHAT IS “COTTAGE FOOD,” AND IS IT ALLOWED IN CONNECTICUT

You may have never heard of the term “cottage food,” but I am sure you have heard of a home-based business.  Cottage food is the term now applied to the idea of using your home kitchen to make food products for sale to the public.  Many people have culinary skills, and want to start their… Read More »

KNOW WHEN IT’S TIME TO ASK FOR HELP

Although I am an attorney, I have always enjoyed tinkering with manual labor trades. Thanks to my late father, I have a pretty expansive working knowledge of painting, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, sheet rocking, taping and many other fields. Although he was very mechanically inclined, he never did any of his own car repairs. I do…. Read More »

BUYING A BUSINESS

What is involved with a purchase of an existing small business? This blog post will discuss some basic points to consider. Structure of the Purchase: Most small business purchases are actually what are known as asset purchases.  In an asset purchase, the buyer purchases certain tangible assets, which are physical assets such as inventory, furnishings,… Read More »

COMMERCIAL LEASES – Important Considerations For Tenants

For many small business owners, one of the first major transactions as they grow or transition from a home-based business is signing a lease as a tenant for commercial space for their growing business. All too often, a new commercial tenant will not scrutinize the proposed lease as carefully as they should before signing it,… Read More »

CAN CONNECTICUT EMPLOYERS REQUIRE EMPLOYEES TO WORK OVERTIME?

Yes. An employer may require employees to work more than 40 hours in one calendar week as long as the employer pays the employee overtime compensation (1 ½ times the employee’s regular rate) for all hours worked over 40. It does not matter if the days on which the hours are worked are Saturdays, Sundays… Read More »

DO I NEED A MUNICIPAL SEARCH OR A BUILDING DEPARTMENT SEARCH WHEN PURCHASING A HOME?

When purchasing a home, it is always necessary to have a title search performed of the town land records to verify ownership, and to insure that any existing mortgages, liens or taxes are paid, so that you receive clear title. One of the tasks of the buyer’s attorney in a residential home purchase transaction is… Read More »

HOW DO I START MY OWN BUSINESS? PART 3 OF 3

In my prior blogs on this topic (PART 1) & (PART 2), I addressed the different forms in which a business can operate including sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies (LLC) and corporations (Corp). This blog addresses more of the logistical issues that need to be addressed to operate your own business. Once you have… Read More »

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