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Third party sexual harassment and your employees

Taking care of your Nevada employees is important, not just so you meet all the federal and state requirements, but also to protect your talent and keep professionals from leaving your organization. Crafting detailed contracts, policies and procedures helps, but sometimes, a threat can come from outside your realm of authority. We at the Aldrich Law Firm, Ltd., understand the measures companies should take to prevent sexual harassment from third parties, and frequently provide advice about what employers should do when it occurs.

As Nonprofit Quarterly points out, regardless of the type of business you run, from nonprofit to C corporation, your employees are likely to interact with clients, vendors, donors, customers or peers in the field. Even if your company’s culture does not tolerate sexual harassment, any inappropriate sexual advances from one of these parties could still result in an action against you by a worker in your organization.

What is your car trying to tell you?

The newer your vehicle is, the more likely you are to have numerous onboard safety features to prevent accidents on Las Vegas roads. According to Consumer Reports, the marketing information that may have given you your first impression of the computer systems included in your vehicle may not have explained the whole picture. Not only that, these programs vary significantly from one make and model to the next. This makes it essential for you to do your research so you can respond correctly to your car’s system when it alerts you to an issue.

The types of warnings you may receive include sound and visual cues, but the system may also alert you through vibrations in the steering wheel or seats. These must be interpreted so you can react appropriately, even at a moment’s notice. If you do not respond quickly enough, your car may take over and apply the brakes or correct your steering for you, but this function is not available on every vehicle.

Factors that may affect your homeowners insurance premiums

From natural disasters to theft, fires and other damage to your property, the risk of losing your personal belongings or your home in Las Vegas is a real threat. This is where homeowners insurance comes in, and purchasing this type of policy is something that you should take seriously. We at the Aldrich Law Firm, Ltd., have advised many homeowners on the finer points of insurance coverage.

According to QuoteWizard.com, there are a number of factors that insurance companies consider before giving you a rate quote. For example, the area you live in can have a significant effect, both because of the crime rate in your neighborhood, and the likelihood of a natural disaster. However, you may be able to offset some of the risks—and possibly the higher costs of the premiums. Installing a burglar alarm system may mitigate the threat of theft, while proofing your home against severe weather damage may lower the chances that you will need to file a claim.

Are you unhappy with a probate decision?

After the death of your loved one in Nevada, the court reviews his or her will to make sure that it is valid. This process, known as probate, is standard legal procedure. However, if the probate commissioner or judge’s final decision is not one that you are satisfied with, you may be considering an appeal. According to Nevada Lawyer magazine, new issues appearing in probate court along with a greater number of cases has led many to contest probate decisions.

You can often appeal a probate decision under the same circumstances as you would another type of civil case based on the same Nevada Rules of Civil Procedure and the provisions of state law. However, you may benefit from mediation or alternative dispute resolution rather than immediately filing an appeal. There is a time limit for filing an appeal, though. From the time that of the notice of entry of the final order, you have 30 days.

Best practices for a safe motorcycle group ride

Even though a motorcycle only seats two, many motorcyclists enjoy the open roads of Nevada together. The safety rules for a group ride are significantly different from passenger vehicle caravans, and new riders need to understand the basics before they hit the road together.

According to Esurance.com, motorcycle operators need to determine their formation before they get started. Instead of side by side, riders should be in a zig-zag line, with a space cushion between each. If the leader rides on the right side of the lane, the second motorcycle should be just behind and on the left, and the third on the right, etc. There should be enough space for any of the riders to swerve to the other side of the lane without hitting the riders before and behind in the formation.

Mechanic’s liens: what you should know

Working in the construction industry, you have challenges to your bottom line that other entrepreneurs and businesspeople may not ever face. For example, once you win the bid on a job, you rely on your contract with the property owner to ensure that you receive payment for the completed work, but once you have completed it, there is always the possibility that you will not be paid on time, or at all. The team at Aldrich Law Firm, Ltd., understands the risk that a contractor faces in these situations, and we have assisted many in filing mechanic’s liens to recover payment.

The Northern Nevada Business Weekly explains that, because you have already fulfilled your part of the contract, you have the right to place a lien on the property, as long as the cost of your services exceeds $500. The lien is attached to the improvements you did on the property, and the supplies you provided, as well as the property itself. A property owner may attempt to prove that the lien is excessive, and if successful, the judge would determine an amount that is considered fair.

Types of post-trial motions

When you receive a judgment in your civil case that favors the other party, it is not necessarily the end of the line. There are many circumstances that could provide you with the opportunity to achieve the results that you believe are just and fair. We at the Aldrich Law Firm, Ltd., are well-versed in the types of post-trial motions that may be available to those who want a second opinion.

According to the American Bar Association, if your case did not involve a jury, and the court did not have all the information or evidence that was necessary for a fair decision, you may be able to file a motion to alter or amend a judgment. This may also be an option if there was a procedural default.

When a Yelp review is libel

Providing a service to the public in Las Vegas always comes with a risk, since it is impossible to please everyone. Consumers often have the customer-is-always-right mentality, so if they are not completely satisfied by the service they paid for, some may become demanding and unreasonable. Forbes points out that if even just one of these people reports the perceived issue on a review website such as Yelp, it could cause as much as a 70 percent drop in profits—a potentially disastrous effect on a company’s bottom line.

Customers have the right to explain the circumstances surrounding their experience and why they are unhappy. However, when they create a post online while they are angry, their emotions could cloud their ability to relate the situation in a rational way. In fact, many have been known to exaggerate or lie in order to punish a company that did not fulfill their expectations. In these cases, some business owners may be able to file a lawsuit to protect themselves from the damaging impact.

Traffic fatality increase highest since 1960s

Whether on busy urban freeways and streets or wide open rural roads, Nevada residents must be continually aware at all times as accidents can and do happen anytime, anywhere. This reality is actually shared by people across the nation and, as newly reported data indicates, the risks faced by citizens today may well be getting worse not better.

According to the National Safety Council, the United States has seen an increase in the number of people killed in vehicle accidents by 14 percent from 2014 to 2016. The nation has not experienced a jump in the span of two years that high since the 1960s. Traffic fatalities across the county in 2016 numbered approximately 40,200 and had not exceeded 40,000 in one calendar year since the 60s.

What is a nondisclosure agreement?

Among the many types of contracts that may be utilized by individuals or businesses alike in Nevada, the non-disclosure agreement is a relatively common one. Despite this, it is not always well understood. Before you embark down a path without one or even before you sign one, you should understand these special types of contracts so you know when they make sense for you and what provisions you should be sure to include.

As explained by Forbes, there are a variety of situations that may warrant the use of non-disclosure agreements. Companies may use them with employees who need access to confidential documentation or with other companies that they may do business with that will need such details in order to perform their contracted duties. This informatoin may be about finances, products or services or even marketing and sales plans. Presenting intellectual property plans to potential investors or licensees is another situation in which a confidentiality agreement might be warranted.

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