Compliance Issues to Consider when Remote Working

In last week’s bLAWg post, I discussed the remote working trend and how some industries are adopting it permanently. Remote work is changing the way businesses operate. Obviously, one critical area is employer-employee interaction. Today’s post provides a listicle of some of the compliance and legal issues to consider when preparing a permanent work from […]

Remote Working: Is the Trend Here to Stay?

Generally, when larger companies change their workflow arrangement to comply with new regulations, small and medium-sized businesses tend to follow suit. Remember your email inbox when the largest retailers and social media giants updated their web/app privacy policies in the face of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? Smaller companies then tended to follow suit […]

Honolulu Businesses Receive Aid Amid Complex Reopening Plan

Last week the City and County of Honolulu announced the expansion of the Small Business Relief and Recovery Fund (SBRRF) and has added $75 million to the program. Businesses may qualify for up to $50,000 in reimbursement grants. Business owners that missed the first round of SBRRF should consider applying this time, and those who applied in the first […]

Payroll Tax Cut: Things To Consider

Are you considering taking advantage of the President’s Executive Order for payroll tax cut? If so, just understand it defers Social Security taxes till the end of the year. Defer means the deferral amount has to be paid back. So that deferred amount, over 4 months, can create a large tax liability. For employers, first […]

Throwing in the Towel: Legal Issues to Closing Your Business – Part 2

In last week’s bLAWg: Throwing in the Towel: Legal Issues to Closing Your Business – Part 1, I discussed the duties and obligations of closing a business. If you have recently decided to close your business or are looking for alternative options to closing; the below checklist should provide a basic map of what you […]

Throwing in the Towel: Legal Issues to Closing Your Business – Part 1

Are you a business owner thinking of closing your store, restaurant, or bar? You are not the only one who has thought about it. In fact, many already have. In Honolulu, walk around any neighborhood whether it is Downtown, Kalihi, Haleiwa, or Mōʻiliʻili and you will see that some businesses are gone. In some cases, […]

Can you Charge a COVID Fee?

Can a business add additional fees and charges to a bill due to COVID-19? Yes. Consider the additional costs to build barricades, close off every other table, provide enough disinfectant, and sanitizer. Also supplying disposable personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees. Obviously, that costs money. Additionally, for those of you in the food industry you […]

Hawaii’s Headed Toward Reopening

Where is the Hawaii economy for reopening? Where can an owner get guidance to reopen? So here in Hawaii the economy is beginning to reopen. In Honolulu, hair, nail, lash, and in general beauty operators and services were allowed to re-open past Friday. In Maui, most businesses will be allowed to reopen on June 1st, […]

Business Partnerships a Seminar Recap: All is Fair in Love and War

I just wanted to recap my seminar on business partnerships from last week at the Entrepreneurs Sandbox. Entitled All is Fair in Love and War: Navigating Business Partnerships, and playing off of Valentine’s Day, my panel and I discussed the ins and outs of business partnerships. We touched upon of course my focus, business law, […]

Web Search Autocomplete Questions: Business Partnerships

Hey everyone, Happy Lunar New Year! Lunar New Year and New Seminar Yes, there’s a delay on my traditional post on laws related to the animal of the year. However, check out last year’s How Can I Hunt Boar in Hawaii? or 2018’s Can a Landlord Charge a Tenant Extra for a Dog? In the […]