Why a Solicitor Might not be the Best Legal Writer

These days, legal copywriting for a law firm’s website, for keeping up with social media, and for articles and press releases is a vital part of the astute law company’s marketing mix. Posting regularly on the issues of the day through blogs, articles and Facebook statuses is demanded and expected by a legal firm’s many audiences.

Legal copywriting is also a key component of traditional print marketing. The law firm that finds itself without a corporate brochure, a recruitment pack, and leaflets and direct mail, could get left behind in the drive to attract top candidates and to market itself to the big corporations.

So, who’s going to do all this legal copywriting? Obviously, solicitors are intelligent people. They’ve been through law school. But that doesn’t necessarily make them great at legal writing. Chances are, they might not have the time to spare. Not to mention the inclination. Solicitors are also very well paid professionals. So it makes no sense to take them away from their core legal work to have a dabble at legal copywriting.

It’s also a surprising fact that former solicitors aren’t necessarily the best option for legal copywriters, either. A quick trawl through the websites of ex-lawyers who have set themselves up as legal writers reveals some unrefined writing, some of it complete with grammatical errors. It’s that old chestnut: not being able to see the wood for the trees – ally that with core skills and training that are based around the law rather than marketing and writing, and it’s a recipe for failure.

Legal writing is best left to professional copywriters. Lawyers looking for freelance legal writing should first check that the writer has had sufficient experience of dealing with major-name law firms and is familiar with the basics of legal jargon, the seat system and the different facets of law that they will encounter when working with a legal firm.

So what kind of legal copywriting should a copywriter expect to tackle as part of a law firm’s marketing? Obviously, all businesses need high-quality website content. Beyond that, these days, it’s vital that lawyers have regular promotional output through blogging and social media – 100 or so ‘tweets’ or Facebook ‘statuses’ a month can cost as little as £100, but be worth their weight in gold.

Also critical is high-class recruitment literature that picks out the firm’s unique selling points and attracts the cream of the graduate crop each year. Newsletters, plain English legal documents, biographies, journals and radio adverts are also all key elements of the marketing arsenal that can be tackled by the legal writer.

Finding Legal Fees Too expensive? Try Affordable Legal advice by Phone

Unfortunately, most of us will need to seek legal advice at some time during our lives. Many of us encounter family issues (such as divorce or children issues) with which we require legal advice and assistance. Most of us will at some time have a consumer law issue when we feel our rights may have been breachedby a supplier or company, or need advice on an employment issue such as an unfair dismissal or pay issue. Some of us have problems with tenancy issues such as disputes with landlords or with our tenants.

At these times it is essential to understand our legal rights, and that requires access to reliable and proper legal advice on how to handle a situation. Such advice is not only invaluable it is essential. However, this advice, is too often out of reach (mainly because of cost) preventing access to justice. We hear the story time and time again – we couldn’t afford a solicitor and so we tried to do it alone. All too often large business, corporations, corporate landlords and others will abuse their position and power to exploit individuals by ignoring their legal obligations on the premise that most people cannot afford to pay solicitors’ and lawyers’ fees to protect themselves.

Solicitors rarely charge less than £180ph and are often in excess of £250 an hour And that is just for the time they spend with you and on documents. It doesn’t include the additional charges for letters and administration costs which frequently take the cost to a much higher level than an individual can reasonably afford… However, some solicitors understand this inequality and offer the chance to take immediate and affordable legal advice and assistance by phone.

It is important that the cost of visiting a solicitor’s office doesn’t prevent you from obtaining professional legal advice and finding out whether or not you have a case and how to deal with it. You do not need to panic or feel intimidated if you find yourself in the unfamiliar legal situation of being confronted by assertive lawyers who make demands using complex and threatening legal jargon. Taking legal advice from a solicitor by phone offers you an affordable way to gain a practical understanding of your situation.

There are solicitors who offer legal advice by phone to individuals to assist them in these kinds of situation and for as little as £1 a minute. Talk to a qualified solicitor with the right experience in helping people just like you. The call can be for as long or as short as you like. you will receive advice tailored to your situation and needs, and can gain a good understanding of your rights in as little as 15 – 20 minutes. It may be that you wish or need to use the service over a number of phone calls e. g. if involved in proceedings: this really is a service which is tailored to you and your needs.

Legal advice by phone is not only an affordable way to gain insight into your situation and legal options, but convenient too. Most firms of solicitors require appointments be booked weeks in advance, despite most legal situations we face being unexpectedly sprung upon us and requiring an immediate understanding. Time and money is wasted in travelling, often to visit ‘uninviting’ solicitors’ offices, and you often find that the lawyer talks at you rather than to you and in jargon that you don’t really understand. Much criticism of solicitors is that they do not advise you of your rights or how you can solve your problem: they simply tell you in legal jargon the process they will adopt. The customer frequently leaves a solicitor’s office no wiser that when they went in – accept for knowing how much the solicitor wants from them to deal with the matter. If you want a discussion with a solicitor who is on your level, explains the problem in language you can understand and tells you your options for dealing with it, then seek legal advice from a solicitor by phone.

Whether you require a quick overview of your rights or ongoing legal advice to help you manage your own situation, try affordable, professional and jargon-free legal advice by phone.

Some people try to find the answers on the web – after all everything is on the web, isn’t it? No it isn’t! Those who practise law do not publish free advice on the web.

Law firms often publish short articles of ‘generic’ legal advice on a specific issue – it isn’t the answer to your problem. These titbits are published to generate inquiries into the firm. Lawyers do not offer free ‘advice and assistance’ except at an office and face to face.

Even advice by email “from a qualified lawyer” is subject to a fee and that advice is only as reliable as the information provided for advice purposes. Often it isn’t the question which the lay-person asks advice upon which is relevant – it’s the issue behind the question and that is not asked about because the lay-person frequently sees the problem, but not the cause.

The reality is that there is no substitute for ‘live discussion’ – and with the ‘telephone advice service’ you get that ‘live discussion’ when you need it and without the inconvenience of an ‘office appointment’. Indeed, with the advances in technology such as Apple FaceTime or Skype (and other) it is now possible to have a live discussion at a distance just like a phone call but with ‘face-to-face’ communication.

For convenience, speed and affordability (even if it’s just for ‘initial advice’ before instructing solicitors) the telephone legal advice service offers substantial benefits for all at an affordable price.

California Labor Law Update: Recent Court Decisions Favor Employers

The State of California is notorious for its liberal, pro-employee court system and complex employment regulations. Labor laws in California typically favor employees, and employers have paid billions in settlements for a range of violations, such as wage and hour infractions, discrimination and wrongful termination. However, several high profile court cases in California recently favored the employer, providing some relief to the constant barrage of employment lawsuits.

In one case, a mentally troubled employee made threatening remarks to other employees working for the City of Orange County, California. She was fired, and sued for disability discrimination. The Appellate Court ruled in favor of the employer, stating that an employer may discipline an employee for engaging in threats or violence against coworkers, even when that behavior is caused by the employee’s disability.

The good news for employers is that if an employee is violent, makes threatening statements, or is in clear violation of company policy, they should not be afraid to take action out of fear of violating disability discrimination – their obligation to maintain a safe work environment for the other employees takes precedence.

In the next case, a California-based employee was caught using a company computer for personal use, in particular to make contact with an attorney on private matters. The employer found the emails and later used the content against the employee in court. The case moved its way through the California court system, and was eventually heard by the united states Supreme Court. The High Court found in favor of the employer, explaining that where an employer has a policy that e-mail can be inspected at any time, employees do not have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their company email account.

In a third case, a police department in the Municipality of Ontario, California gave employees pagers on which text messages could be sent. It later reviewed the messages – many of which were personal and sexually explicit – to determine why monthly use was so high. The Supreme Court held that, even assuming that the employees had a reasonable expectation of privacy in the messages, review of those messages did not violate the Fourth Amendment. The government employer’s search was motivated by a legitimate work-related purpose and was not excessive in scope, and therefore was reasonable under existing precedent. Similar to the previous case, the US Supreme Court determined that employers are permitted to check emails and text pagers if they were work-related searches.

Finally, in one of the most anticipated lawsuits of the year, 1. 6 million female employees of Wal-Mart claimed they worked in a culture of gender discrimination. They filed a class action lawsuit against Wal-Mart, the largest sexual harassment lawsuit in history! The California Ninth Circuit of Appeals court found in favor of the class action, and the case was brought to the US Supreme Court. The Supreme Court overturned the Ninth Circuit, stating that the employees had the right to pursue their own personal lawsuits, but that the class action lacked “common elements”.

While there is not doubt that labor laws in California still lean towards the employee, employers operating in the state can breath a slight sigh of relief in light of these recent court decisions. A word of caution, however, to never let your guard down when it comes to employment practices. Unfortunately, the chances are relatively high that the next California employment lawsuit is just around the corner.

Real estate Law: Why a Florida HOA Should Avoid Over-Regulating and Tips for Handling Violations

Do your HOA board members routinely patrol the grounds to look for minor rule breaking? Does your HOA send out notes and letters to members who violate even small rules for a few hours? There are many problems with this practice, as it angers good members of the community and pushes people away from volunteering and participating. Florida is known for having a great deal of homeowners and condo associations, so this problem can really be widespread. Along with angering owners in the community, it can even lead to legal problems in the state of Florida, as it may trigger discrimination claims under state law. Here’s a look at why your HOA should avoid over-regulating and some tips for handling small violations.

Why should you Avoid Over-Regulation?

According to one prominent Florida HOA attorney, an HOA that over regulates is just as bad as not enforcing the rules laid out in the governing documents. It’s not a good idea to have the mentality that all violations are the same, sending out notices for each and every one. This will effectively dampen the spirit of your community. Remember, the purpose of the HOA is to foster a community and maintain property values. The association should be a pleasant place to live, not a place overseen by a board that practices unreasonable enforcement of the governing documents.

The Florida Fair Housing Act also prohibits many types of discrimination against, for example, families with children under 18 and the disabled. Discrimination based on race, age, color, gender, national origin and religion is also prohibited. While your association may not be attempting to discriminate, an owner may feel you are doing so if they feel they are being unfairly targeted for minor infractions other owners don’t get in trouble for. You’re also required to make reasonable accommodations for the disabled. If you are trying to fine a disabled homeowner for owning a pet recommended by a doctor for therapy, you may find yourself facing litigation or discrimination claims under Florida’s Fair Housing Act, which resembles the federal law.

Still, vigilance is a good thing, as it means violations won’t go unchecked for long periods of time to the point they become a nuisance to others. It also allows the board to watch out for potentially harmful conditions that need to be addressed. Enforcing the rules of a Florida HOA should be seen as a balancing act, though, to maintain the spirit of the community. One option is to make inspections routine. These scheduled community-wide inspections are a good way to watch for problematic violations and may take place every 6 weeks or so.

Tips for Handling Violations

Ask any Florida HOA attorney about condo law and practices and they’ll tell you that you can’t simply ignore violations. There are some times when it’s best to give the owners time to fix the problem themselves. Enforcement should be reasonable, so decide if the violation requires immediate action or if a letter is really required. Has the problem happened before with this owner? Is it a minor, one-time or temporary occurrence? There should be gradations of violations with specific ways to handle violations.

Make a Phone call: It’s also important to remember that people get defensive when they’re contacting by their HOA board. Some owners may feel they’re being targeted by this contact as well. One option is a phone call to the owner, letting them know you noticed the problem and want to know if there’s a reason for it because you don’t want to run into complaints from other owners.

Make Your Inspections Routine: As mentioned above, it may also help to create scheduled inspections throughout the entire community that occur every 6-8 weeks. This way, the association can watch for violations that may cause problems without pushing away owners.

Explain Your Violation Process: Finally, it’s a good idea to fully explain the process of hearings and any applicable fines when you send a notice to owners. Every Florida HOA should give owners enough time to fix the problem by themselves, perhaps letting them know there will be a follow-up inspection in 3-4 weeks. Board members that notice violations may also want to contact the management as if they were any other owner in the community, which gives all board members an opportunity to review the problem and decide whether a notice is necessary.

Real estate Law in China for Foreign Investors

What the law Says

In China, neither domestic companies nor Foreign Invested
Enterprises may own land outright; instead they own Land Use
Rights. There are two kinds of Land Use Rights – Allocated and
Granted. In comparison with Western common law concepts,
Allocated Land Use Rights are in some way similar to
leaseholds, and Granted Land Use Rights are in some ways
similar to life estates.

Allocated Land Use Rights are generally provided by the
government for an indefinite period (usually to state-owned
entities) and cannot be pledged, mortgaged, leased, or
transferred by the user. Furthermore, Allocated land can be
reclaimed by the government at any time.

Granted Land Use Rights are provided by the government in
exchange for a grant fee, and carry the rights to pledge,
mortgage, lease, and transfer within the term of the grant.
Land is granted for a fixed term – generally 70 years for
residential use, 50 years for industrial use, and 40 years for
commercial and other use. The term is renewable in theory
(although no foreign investor has been in China long enough to
find out how this works in practice). Unlike the usual case in
Western nations, Granted land must be used for the specific
purpose for which it was granted.

Allocated Land Use Rights may be converted into Granted Land
Use Rights upon the payment of a grant fee to the government.
Even Granted Land Use Rights are subject to expropriation by
the government under unusual circumstances (in exchange for
fair compensation similar to the eminent domain power in the
US). This state of affairs tends to work in favor of the
foreign investor – land granted to Foreign Invested Enterprises
is seldom expropriated, but agricultural land is often
expropriated in order to make room for foreign invested

How the Law Applies to Foreign Invested Enterprises

Most foreign invested Joint Ventures obtain Land Use Rights
from the Chinese party. A common problem is that the Chinese
party holds only Allocated Land Use Rights for the land it
occupies (be looking for this if the Chinese party is a
state-owned entity). In this case, the authority to transfer
the Land Use Rights is vested in the local Land Administration
Bureau, and the Chinese party will not have the right to
transfer it to the Joint Venture.

Nevertheless, if the Joint Venture can purchase long-term
Granted Land Use Rights from the Land Administration Bureau
through a land use grant contract, the Joint venture will then
be able to mortgage the land or transfer it to a third party.
Keep in mind, however, that vacant land must be 25% developed
before Granted Land Use Rights can be acquired. Do not attempt
to acquire Granted Land Use Rights if you do not intend to
develop it within a short time, because even if the land
qualifies as 25% developed and thus eligible for a grant, it
can still be classified as “vacant”, and vacant land can be
reclaimed if development is not begun within 2 years of

A second option would be for one of the investors to obtain
Granted Land Use Rights and then lease the land to the Joint
Venture. However, vacant land cannot be leased to a third party
(such as a Joint Venture or other Foreign Invested Enterprise)
by the grantee. It is also worth noting that a lease needs to
be registered in order to protect the leasehold against
potential competing claims.

Thirdly, if you are willing to settle for Allocated Land Use
Rights, the Foreign Invested Enterprise could simply have the
land allocated to it by the local Land Administration Bureau.

In the case of a Joint venture, a fourth option would be to
have the Chinese party contribute its Allocated Land Use Rights
to the Joint venture as part of its capital contribution, in
which case the Chinese party would be liable for annual land
use fees.

Another common problem is that the land and the building(s) on
it are owned by different parties, creating a potentially messy
legal situation if all parties are not willing to cooperate.

Most importantly, it would be a good idea to require the
Chinese party to prove the status of its Land Use Rights with
documentary evidence before applying for project approval.
Further, pre-transfer due diligence should include a thorough
environmental impact self-assessment (see the Glossary for
details). Finally, keep in mind that payment and transfer of
‘title’ through public registration with the Land
Administration Bureau cannot take place simultaneously –
registration of land transfers will not be allowed unless a
receipt for payment is submitted with the registration transfer

Win Your child Custody Case

Winning your child custody case may be the most important win of your life. No parent wants to lose their child custody case because that means you lose time with your child. The good news is that if you’re willing to put in the effort, there’s a good chance you can feel victorious about your child custody situation. Here are three tips on how to win your child custody case.

1. Prepare, prepare, prepare. The key to winning in your child visitation situation is to be prepared. You need to do your research and become familiar with the child custody laws in your state. If you are taking your case to court and trying to win sole custody you need to organize your reasons into clear and concise points. If you have an attorney, the attorney will help you prepare. If you don’t have an attorney, you need to make sure that you are completely prepared for court and know exactly what to expect. Make sure you have the evidence to support your case. Get the testimony of some social workers, people who interact with your child at school, and other professionals that support your reasons for wanting custody. You also want to talk to your child about what is going on. Don’t try to get your child to tell the court rehearsed phrases from you–they’ll figure out what’s going on and you’ll look bad. Instead, explain to your children that they may be talking to the judge. Encourage them to not be scared and to express themselves honestly. If you and your former spouse have agreed on joint custody then you need to find out about the laws that govern that.

2. Create your child custody schedule. Your child custody schedule is an important part of your custody agreement, and it will probably take the most time to make. Take the time to figure out the schedule that you want. If you have a shared custody situation then you want to create the schedule that works for both you and your ex. You’ll need to come up with basic schedule and then divide up the holidays. You’ll probably want to include some one-time special events and recurring events that change the normal schedule. Some parents find it very useful to purchase a computer software program to help make this process easier. Along with the calender, you’ll want to figure out the time-share and overnight percentage that each parent has with the child. This is nice for the parents because they know how much time they have with the kids, and it is also necessary for figuring out child support. If you have a sole custody situation then you need to create your schedule of visitation. Be fair to the other parent. The court will assume that a good relationship with both parents is in the child’s best interest–so you need to create a schedule that is in the child’s best interest if you want to win your case.

3. Decide on provisions you want in the agreement. Think through any stipulations and provisions you’d like to add to your child custody agreement. You can include a provision that says you are notified if the other parent gets your child a passport. Or, you could have a provision that says each parent will give the other parent an itinerary when taking the child on vacation. You need to decide what is important to you, and add that to the custody agreement so it becomes legally binding. This way you are winning because you can rest assured that the child is being raised as you wish. If you are going to court for your custody situation, it is impressive if you can bring nice, clean copies of your child custody schedule and any other important documents. Show the judge how you’ve thought through the entire situation and the judge will listen and accept your ideas.

You can end up with a winning situation with your child custody case. Do your homework and preparation, create your child custody schedule, and decide on any stipulations you want added to your agreement. Then you can enjoy the time you have with your child and really be a winner.

Child custody Disputes – Getting Custody of your Child

Are you already or about to be involved in child custody dispute or battle?

Getting custody of your child is likely to be causing you a tremendous amount of stress.

There’s one thing you must keep in mind the whole time you’re fighting for custody of your child.

I’ve worked with a number of families who were going through the process of separation and divorce. I’ve seen the results of the child custody disputes on the children and the parents. Whatever route you decide to go down to get custody of your child you must keep at the forefront of your mind the fact that you’re doing this because it’s best for your child.

This needs to be your only consideration.

Your child and the court battle must never be about scoring points against your ex-partner or winning just for winnings sake. Your child doesn’t deserve that.

Whichever parent your child ends up living with, it’ll be one of the most important outcomes for everyone’s life. The people a child is closest to has the most influence in their life. Don’t allow the situation your child is placed in push him or her away from either of you and into the hands of outsiders, this can happen when you’re both fighting for custody. Make sure your children feel really loved and secue during your fight for access and care of your child.

This process of custody and access will be one of the most important decisions of your life. Make sure you don’t leave something as vital as gaining custody of your child in the hands of complete strangers or a court system that will never care in the way you do. If this becomes a fight you’re the only person who knows the personal information that you do about your partner, their shortcomings and personal history. The ammunition you hold can have great impact on your chances of achieving custody and access to your child.

To win child custody disputes you must prepare yourself so as to leverage this personal information in the most profitable manner possible. Never assume there won’t be a battle, although not all child custody disputes do but many will, therefore assume yours will and if it does you’ll be well prepared for any eventuality.

Do you know what you’ll be prepared to do to gain custody and access to your children?

Make sure you don’t look back after your child custody dispute and regret that you didn’t do more to get the outcome that you felt was best for your child.

Protect your children as much as possible and whatever you do make sure your child is not damaged by what you do as you try getting custody to your child.

Top 10 Most Important Medical Devices of the 20th Century (Infographic)

NEW YORK — Medical treatments moved forward by leaps and bounds during the 20th century, enabling quality of life to be greatly improved and for the quantity of that same life to be extended.

In addition to pharmaceutical developments, a significant number of new medical devices became commonplace in the treatment of a variety of health conditions.
Drug Lawsuit Source compiled a list of 10 of the most important medical devices to have been invented during the 20th century.

Drug Lawsuit Source

Child custody Questions and How the Answers Will help you Win Custody of your Kids

The world of child custody can be very daunting and actually very mind boggling for most parents. Add to that the stress and depression of not having your kids with you or going through a divorce and we are talking meltdown for a lot of people. If you are in a custody battle for your kids then having answers to your child custody questions is a critical first step if are to succeed.

In this article I’m going to go over answers to some of the most common child custody questions from parents like you.

A common mistake parents make is rushing out and hiring the first lawyer they find an relying on their expertise completely to win their custody battle. Unfortunately even attorneys don’t have all the answers to child custody questions or they are not up to date with the most current strategies. That is why your first step to winning custody of your kids should be research. With the age of the internet, research is a whole lot easier than it was in the past.

I’ve put together some of the most common child custody questions:

1. What are the different types of child custody

Joint Legal Custody – Both parents are entitled to make major decisions about their children’s lives (health, education, etc. )#)
Sole Legal Custody – One parent alone has complete legal authority to make major decisions for their children.
Sole Physical Custody – Is when the child lives with one parent on a regular basis with the other parent having visitation rights.
Joint Physical Custody – Is when the child lives with each parent for a substantial part of the year (not necessarily 50/50).
2. What standards do the courts take into account when determining custody? The overwhelming principle is the “best interest of the child”

3. How does the court decide the “best interest of the child? ” Depending on your child’s age, the primary factors of determining the best interest of the child are

The child’s interactions and quality of relationship with his or her parents.
The child’s involvement in his or her school and neighborhood and whether placement with either parent would disruptive.
The health (mental and physical) of the parents.
The parent that is more likely to encourage and facilitate custody visitation rights of the other parent. (This is a big one)
The residence location of either parent in relation to the child’s existing city or state and/or if one parent is planning to move too far away.
Whether or not either parent has made process of making child support payments difficult.
The wishes of the child (depending on age) but this will not hold a lot of weight unless the child is older.
4. Do children get to choose which household to live in? Basically, No. Judges will definitely consider their wishes depending on age but will not base custody solely on a child’s preference.

5. Can my child be used as a witness in court? Yes they can. Most states give some consideration to the child’s wishes.

6. Is the mother more likely to get custody? Yes, even in today’s society. There are many exceptions though and fathers are gaining more custody rights as time goes on.

7. If joint physical custody is awarded, does that mean no one pays child support? Absolutely not. Child support is determined separately from custody arrangements and is based on levels of income.

8. If my spouse is behind on child support can i restrict visitations? Definitely not. Visitation rights and child support are treated separately. You still must honor the visitation agreement and then pursue child support separately.

9. Can i stop paying child support if my spouse won t let me see my kids? No. You must still pay child support and pursue a contempt violation of the custody agreement separately.

10. What is the purpose of a custody evaluation? The primary function of a custody evaluation is to assist the court in determining what arrangements will meet the best interests of the child. They consider family and individual factors that may affect the physical and psychological interests of the child.

11. What if my ex has sole physical custody and wants to move out of state with the kids? A custodial parent must petition the court to change the custody order and ask for permission to leave the state with the child.

One of the keys to winning custody of your children is being prepared and organized. Don’t leave everything up to your attorney. By doing your own research and being a partner with your attorney, you can significantly increase your chances of winning custody of your children.

Do you really Need New Labor Law Posters?

If you run a business and have employees, there are a slew of federal and state labor law notices you’re required to post where employees can see them each day. These are often called labor law posters, or compliance posters. They include things like minimum wage laws, the federal USERRA, non-discrimination notices, and more. Keeping up with everything that ought to be posted and making sure that the most current notices are posted in the workplace can be a real chore for big and small businesses alike. What’s more, posting a collection of paper notices can make your office look messy.

To solve the problem, a number of companies sell labor law posters that combine all the state and federal regulations on one or two posters. The posters, in general, are a good thing. They tidy up offices and help businesses stay in compliance with labor laws. But unfortunately, some of the companies that market labor law posters by mail use hard-sell marketing tactics to get you to replace your labor law posters before you really need to. In fact, some of the marketing materials that get sent in mail seem somewhat misleading and deceptive.

One ploy that’s been used in various parts of the country is a mailing that has the word FINAL NOTICE in all capital letters on the top of the page of an official-looking document. Below the “Final Notice” headline was text stating that the employer must comply with the new labor posting requirements and that failure to do so could lead to government fines of up to $17, 000 and other possible dire consequences.

Other tactics include mail-merging the name of the recipient company into the letter and using text in the letter such as a Notice Number, Reference Number, and a reply By date designed to make recipients think the mail is somehow an official warning. If your business gets a notice like that, take the time to look at who it really comes from. If you see the words poster service, or compliance service, or if you see an out-of-state address, you can be sure the official-looking “Notice” is just a sales letter. Another dead giveaway: the letter will tell you how to order labor law posters from a private company.

If you’re unsure when labor law notices you need to post were last changed, check with the US Department of Labor and your state labor department to find out if there have been any changes in required postings. Remember, too, that no matter what the labor law poster companies tell you, you don’t need to buy a new poster just because it’s a new year. You only need to replace your posters when the state or federal laws listed on them change. For a list of the latest changes in state and federal labor law posters see the Business Know-How website.