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E-Verify Offers Fast Employment Eligibility Information

Most employers know that U.S. law requires companies to employ only individuals who can legally work in the United States—either U.S. citizens, or foreign citizens who have the necessary authorization. Form I-9 is used to verify an employee’s identity and employment eligibility. Read more >>

More Wage and Hour Headaches

The parking industry and other service industries are dealing with significant increases in the minimum wage at the federal, state and local levels. Even if employees are paid above the minimum wage, these increases put pressure on parking companies to boost their wages to remain competitive and attract and retain the best employees. Read more >>

Protect Your Company with Bring Your Own Device Policies

A growing number of employers are adopting Bring Your Own Device (“BYOD”) policies. These policies generally permit employees to bring their own mobile devices, such as smart phones, tablets and laptops, to the workplace and use those devices to conduct company business. Read more >>

A Refresher on Premises Liability

No matter how long you have been in the parking industry, you know how important the rules of premises liability can be in determining who is ultimately responsible when on-site situations occur with employees and customers. Read more >>

A Timely Topic: Wage and Hour Law Compliance

In the past 10 years, there has been a virtual explosion in the amount of litigation over alleged violations of so-called “wage and hour” laws. This litigation has involved agency audits, single plaintiff cases, collective actions and class actions. Read more >>

A Primer on Intellectual Property

With advances in technology, the globalization of the economy and increased competition, protection of intellectual property has become extremely important, especially in the parking industry. Read more >>

Contracts:

Key Questions to Ask BEFORE You Submit an RFP for a Parking Leasing Contract

Leasing contracts have specific features that can impact your profitability and ability to service the contract. This article looks at key questions every parking operator should ask in order to prepare a bid submission that clearly outlines obligations on both sides of the contract. Read more >>

Key Questions to Ask BEFORE You Submit an RFP for a Parking Management Contract

Management contracts can be structured in different ways to meet performance requirements of clients and the operating structure of your enterprise. Information you gain to prepare the RFP ultimately impacts profitability based on your services provided. This article looks at key questions every parking operator should ask in order to prepare a bid submission that clearly outlines obligations on both sides of the contract. Read more >>

Employment Labor Law:

The Importance of Compliance with Wage and Hour Laws

In the past 10 years, there has been a virtual explosion in the amount of litigation over alleged violations of so-called “wage and hour” laws. This litigation has involved agency audits, single plaintiff cases, collective actions and class actions. Read more >>

The Three "Nons" in Employment Agreements

With the increase in competition and the emerging importance of intellectual property, employers should consider entering into agreements with certain categories of employees to protect the three "nons": non-disclosure, non-solicitation and non-competition. Read more >>

The Importance of Attendance and Leave Policies

In a service business like parking, owners and operators must ensure that all locations are staffed appropriately. Among other things, that means effective and lawful attendance and leave policies need to be in order so you’re not stuck without employees when you need them most. Read more >>

Avoiding the Risk of California Employment Law

Doing business in California presents some unique challenges for employers. Although the employment laws in most states are substantially similar, California has distinguished itself as being one of the most employee-friendly states in the union. Read more >>

Non-Disclosure Agreements Protect You

Confidential information is an incredibly valuable asset in the parking business. Whether it is intellectual property, a trade secret, financial data or a method of operation, parking companies need to protect against the unauthorized use and disclosure of confidential information. Read more >>

2011 Law Redefines OSHA Violations

AB 2774 became California law on Jan. 1, 2011.The bill redefines what is a serious occupational safety and health violation and enhances communication between employers and the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH).The bill authorizes DOSH to enforce health and safety standards and to investigate and issue a citation when an employer causes an employee to suffer or potentially suffer serious injury or illness or serious physical harm. Read more >>

OSHA Safety Rule Could Mandate New Requirements

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is working on implementing a new regulation with far-reaching effects and the possibility of new requirements for employers in virtually every industry.Although some states currently require an Injury and Illness Prevention Program, this new law at the federal level could supersede state laws if it contains stricter regulations. As a parking garage owner or valet service, you should watch for the potential regulation change. Read more >>

How-To Guides

Tips to Avoid Lawsuits

Let’s face it—we live in a litigious society. Anyone can sue anyone for just about anything. While that fact may be good for lawyers, it’s not so good for businesses. In many cases, even if you get sued and win, you lose because of the time, expense and distraction associated with lawsuits. Read more >>

Doing Business with Municipalities

In addition to, and in many cases as a result of, the game-changing developments that technology has spawned, there has been an increased focus on public-private partnerships and traditional government contracts. Read more >>

How to Conduct Background Investigations the Right Way

Here are three sound reasons for background checks: 1) Your owners may require you to conduct these investigations. 2) You can avoid hiring employees who have some disqualifying information in their past, and minimize your exposure to negligent hiring claims. 3)There generally is a greater likelihood that you will hire the right person for the job. Read more >>

How To Minimize and Manage Slip, Trip and Fall Claims

Parking facilities are frequent targets of slip, trip and fall ("STF”) claims. Some of these claims are legitimate, and some of them are not. A parking operator can minimize the potential for STF claims by ensuring that the following steps are taken. Read more >>

6 Tips for Effective Claims Management

Managing claims is one of the biggest challenges in the parking industry. Doing it poorly can damage your business. Doing it well gives you an edge on your competition. Read more >>

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