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When would I need an NDA?

If you own or work for a company in Louisiana and are looking to hire an external agency to help you with some advertising campaigns, you will likely have to share sensitive business information with them. Similarly, if you are considering a merger with another company, your conversations with people at that business will no doubt involve the disclosure of confidential data about your sales, marketing, products or services. i

In order to protect your business in situations like these, Forbes recommends the use of a nondisclosure agreement, also known as a confidentiality agreement. This is a type of legal contract that documents your wish and rights to keep certain information private and prevent another party from disclosing it. It may also give you the ability to pursue legal action if the other party fails to keep the information secret.

Understanding FMLA provisions

If you own a business in Louisiana or work in the human resources department for a company, you will want to understand the various laws governing employment law. One of these laws is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). Many people may be familiar with this law to some degree, but they may not realize that there are two important components to this law.

One of the key provisions of the FMLA pertains to an employee's right to take leave without pay from a job.

As explained by the United States Department of Labor, the other important component of this law is the protection of an employee's job while they are on leave. Some employees might think that this means they are guaranteed to return to their exact job upon returning from family leave. While in most cases this is what happens, the law actually only requires that a job of equal status and equal pay be provided upon return from leave. 

Dave Woolridge selected Managing Shareholder

The Firm is pleased to announce the election of David A. Woolridge, Jr. as the new Managing Shareholder of Roedel Parsons.  David leads our corporate law, business transactions, successions and estate planning sections.  He currently serves as General Counsel for the Louisiana Patient's Compensation Fund Oversight Board.  He received his Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana Tech, his Masters in Business Adminsitration from LSU and his Juris Doctor from LSU Law School.  He has practiced with the Firm since 1991.  Congratulations to David for his very successful legal practice and his leadership of our Firm.  

4 reasons to pick Louisiana for business operations

Naturally, most business owners choose to conduct operations in the state in which they currently live. However, it can sometimes be advantageous to explore other locales. Here are a few reasons why new entrepreneurs and established corporations alike may want to pick Louisiana as the site of their business operations:

Tips for maintaining tax-exempt status

It is common knowledge that charitable organizations generally qualify for tax-exempt status. After all, they are not in business to make a profit, so it makes sense that they do not have to pay annual taxes to the IRS. However, what many people do not realize is that it is possible for a charitable organization to lose its status as a tax-exempt “501(c)(3)” under the IRS rules.

How important is building trust with customers?

If we do not trust a particular medical professional, we do not allow him or her to treat our ailments. If we do not trust a certain politician, we do not vote for him or her. We instinctively understand that trust is a critical factor when it comes to interacting with individuals.

However, it is easy to lose sight of this truth in the business world. Surrounded by financial reports and marketing analyses and other types of paperwork, business owners sometimes forget about the human aspect of business success: building trust with customers.

In Memory of Sadie Thibodeaux

Roedel Parsons joins the community in celebrating the life of Sadie Thibodeaux. Beginning in 2011, Sadie was a wonderful team member at the firm. She filled a variety of roles during her time at the firm including billing, marketing, administrative support and lobbying. Sadie had recently moved to New Orleans to support members of the firm's lobbying team. She will be remembered for her wonderful spirit, strong work ethic and unselfish attitude. Sadie was always eager to join others from the firm in activities outside of work. In fact, she was usually the person organizing participation in the gumbo cook-off, walk for St. Jude, flood relief effort and other activities supporting the community. Sadie leaves behind many dear friendships at the firm. She will always be missed and remembered.

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