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How Can I Protect My Business After a Natural Disaster?

In the past few weeks, weather on the East Coast has been borderline apocalyptic. The recent “bomb cyclone” and nor’easters have pummeled New Jersey. Power outages, heavy winds and freezing weather caused billions in damages across the East Coast. There are steps you can take to protect your business after natural disasters. However, you should consider purchasing natural disaster insurance for your business, if you have not already. If you have natural disaster insurance, the following steps may help you while filing a claim. Call your insurance provider. Do not wait to contact your insurance provider after a natural disaster has caused damage to your business. Insurance companies have time limits on filing claims. If you wait too long, you may not be able to recover compensation. Document the damage. If it is safe to do so, you can return to your business to document the damage. Photographs of the…
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Does My Company Need a Social Media Policy?

Social media platforms have become an all-encompassing part of our society. In addition to having individual uses, these platforms also allow businesses to promote their brands. However, certain mistakes on social media could hurt the reputation of your business and its brand. It is important to consider creating a social media policy for your employees. A policy could address issues that include but are not limited to: Identifying who can represent the company online. Your policy could list the names of people who are allowed to speak for your company on social media. Select these people to avoid creating any confusion among clients or other employees. Identifying topics that cannot be discussed on social media. Your policy could address certain topics that cannot be discussed on the company’s social media accounts. For example, the policy could bar employees from posting confidential or proprietary information. Additional taboo topics, such as talking…
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What Questions Can’t I Ask Job Applicants?

Is your business currently in the process of hiring new employees? If you are looking to hire new people, then you should be aware of what types of questions your hiring managers are asking jobseekers. There are certain types of questions that could get you in trouble under the New Jersey Law Against Discrimination, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal laws. Job interview questions cannot address topics that include: Race Religion Nationality Disability (mental or physical) Pregnancy Sexual orientation Age (over 40 years old) Marital or domestic partnership status Your hiring managers should avoid asking questions such as “do you plan on having children?” or “do you have a mental disability?”. Even seemingly harmless questions can run afoul of state and federal laws. For instance, “do you celebrate any religious holidays?” could potentially get your business in trouble. There…
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