April 1

Avoiding discriminatory questions by small businesses in job interviews

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Ben Thompson

Managing Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Ben Thompson is licensed to practice law in California, Iowa, Minnesota and Nebraska. His law practice is at the intersection of the land, its stewardship, and justice.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Small business owners looking to hire new employees in Nebraska can easily get tripped up by local, state and federal laws regulating employment practices.  Generally, once employers have 15 or more employees, employment discrimination becomes an issue for small businesses. The laws regulating employment practices apply to the entire employment cycle, beginning with hiring.  Interviewing.

March 20

EEOC Challenges Terms of Employer’s Release in Proposed Severance Agreement

Terry White

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Terry White is licensed to practice law in Iowa and Nebraska. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, including employment and real estate law, and white-collar defense. Ms. White can be reached at 402-934-0198.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.

Many employers offer severance to terminated employees, provided the employee signs a severance agreement or release. By doing so, the employer hopes to obtain closure and avoid litigation by the employee against the company. Unfortunately, some recent enforcement proceedings by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) are resulting in exactly the opposite: litigation over the terms.

October 14

Ben Thompson quoted in the Midlands Business Journal regarding business formation issues

Attorney Ben Thompson was quoted in an article in the October 11, 2013 issue of the Midlands Business Journal regarding the importance of anticipating the type and applicability of government regulation of a new business.  ”Regulations cost businesses money, so the business plan needs to anticipate the cost of complying with federal, state and local.

October 16

Attorney Gene Eckel Receives AV Peer Review Rating

Thompson Law Office is pleased to announce that Gene M. Eckel, an attorney with the firm, has received Martindale-Hubbell®’s AV Peer Review Rating.  This rating is bestowed on distinguished attorneys after an extensive and confidential peer review by members of the Bar and Judiciary.  ”The Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings are a complimentary service to the bar.

October 16

Maintaining S-Corporation Status

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Gene Eckel

Associate Attorney at Thompson Law Office
Gene Eckel is a member of the Apartment Association of Greater Omaha & Lincoln, National Apartment Association, and the American Apartment Owner’s Association.

Thompson Law Office is a Nebraska law firm with offices in Omaha and Chadron that provides its individual, non-profit, business and governmental clients with practical advice and passionate advocacy in a variety of legal matters. Learn more about our general law practice here.
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Many new and existing businesses today are S Corporations. S Corporations are popular because they provide several advantages to the shareholders. One of the best known advantages is the “pass-through” taxation. Pass-through taxation allows the profits and losses of the S Corporation to flow directly to the shareholders, where they are only taxed once. In.

October 15

Hiring a Lawyer as Coach

Lawyers are finally recognizing that some clients need just a little help. Ten years ago, trying to find a lawyer who would help you find your own way through the legal system was next to impossible. This is because, traditionally, attorneys have either taken on overall responsibility for a client’s case or declined to get.

October 14

When You Can’t Pay Your Business Debts: Personal Liability and Bankruptcy Options

If your business is in the red, take steps to protect your personal assets. If your business is in distress — you owe a lot of money but you can’t pay — your creditors will probably threaten legal action against you personally. How much they can collect will depend on how your business is organized,.

August 21

Attorney Nick Halbur to speak on business succession planning

Building or sustaining a business over the course of a career creates significant value that will necessarily be tested in times of transition or crisis. Whether a business will be taken over by key employees or family members those individuals will need a plan for succession and the tools that make that transition a success..

June 7

Omaha small businesses #1 fastest growing nationwide

Courtesy of Thumbtack.com: Omaha small businesses are nation’s #1 fastest-growing, most optimistic Male entrepreneurs supported better than female entrepreneurs “The local government supports small businesses with ease of information, yet I see no state-sponsored programs for networking.  It would also help to have more incentives for small businesses.” – General contractor, Omaha San Francisco, CA,.

May 21

Attorney Ben Thompson’s article on liens published in The Nebraska Lawyer Magazine

How do you pronounce the word “lien”? Attorney Ben Thompson has published an article providing a general overview of liens, including types of liens, sources of liens, and methods for enforcing liens. It also takes the position that “lien” should be pronounced with one syllable, not two.  The articles is published in the May/June 2012 issue of The Nebraska.