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Tax Deductions Every Small Business Owner Should Know

Posted in Labor & Employment
Tax deductions are important tools for small business owners that can help them maintain efficient operations while reducing their tax obligations. The more deductions you can take, the less income the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) can tax you on, which means greater savings and more capabilities to grow your company. The following are a few… Continue Reading

How Can You Tell When an Anticipatory Breach of Contract Has Occurred?

Posted in Labor & Employment
When you’ve signed an agreement with another party, one issue you may find yourself dealing with is an “anticipatory” breach of contract, which often means taking action before an actual breach has occurred. For a little context, a contract could be considered breached or broken if either party unconditionally refuses to perform under the contract… Continue Reading

What Does it Mean to ‘Pierce the Corporate Veil?

Posted in Labor & Employment
One of the main reasons business owners decide to form a company in the structure of a limited liability company (LLC) or corporation is so they can avoid personal liability for business debts, if the business is unable to meet its obligations. However, there are situations in which courts will hold the owners, members or… Continue Reading

How an Assignment of Contract Works

Posted in Labor & Employment
An assignment of contract happens when one party involved in a contract hands the obligations and benefits of that contract to another party, known as the “assignee.” Generally, the assignor wants the assignee to completely take on all of the rights and obligations of the contract. However, the other party involved in the existing contract… Continue Reading

Establishing a Probationary Period for Your Employees

Posted in Labor & Employment
Most Virgin Islands employees are subject to a 90 day probationary period of employment pursuant to the “Virgin Islands Wrongful Discharge Act”.  Notwithstanding this provision of VI labor law, employers may establish probationary periods as a means of evaluating recently hired employees, along with any workers who may not be performing well on the job.… Continue Reading

The Impact of FLSA Amendments on USVI Employees

Posted in Labor & Employment
Hundreds of workers throughout the U.S. Virgin Islands may be eligible for overtime pay in 2017 after recent amendments to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that go into effect on December 31, 2016. In May, the U.S. Department of Labor published its revisions to the FLSA’s overtime exemption rules. The biggest change — and… Continue Reading

With New Federal Rule, Many More Americans Now Eligible for Overtime Pay

Posted in Government Relations, Labor & Employment
Last summer, President Barack Obama announced plans to raise the overtime salary threshold, a move that promised to make millions more Americans eligible for overtime pay. Those plans went into effect last month, when the White House revealed the details of the new overtime threshold rules the President had set forth. The measure is the… Continue Reading

Ensuring You Keep Employee Records Private

Posted in Labor & Employment
As an employer, you handle some very sensitive information regarding the people who work for you.  Employee personnel files often contain private information, including everything from Social Security numbers to medical records and bank account information. There are some very stringent federal and territorial laws regarding who is able to access these records and why.… Continue Reading

Tips for Managing Teams Across Multiple Locations

Posted in Labor & Employment
With the rise of cutting-edge technology, it is becoming more common than ever for businesses to have individual workers or teams working remotely across numerous different locations. Here at BoltNagi, we have attorneys based in the U.S. mainland and working from home in the U.S. Virgin Islands.  There are certainly some challenges associated with these… Continue Reading

EEOC’s Proposed Enforcement Guidance Reflects Agency’s Changing Views

Posted in Government Relations, Labor & Employment
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) recently released a new Proposed Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues. This proposed guidance specifically includes attempts to expand the scope of the participation clause and the definition of protected opposition conduct. These proposals represent a shifting viewpoint on the part of the federal agency. Let’s take… Continue Reading

EEOC: Anti-Discrimination Laws Protect LGBT Workers

Posted in Labor & Employment
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) ruled on July 15 that existing law protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals from workplace discrimination based on their sexual orientation. The ruling comes in response to a complaint filed in 2012 by an air traffic control specialist alleging that he was denied employment because he was… Continue Reading