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Do you need help with compliance and formation issues?

When you start your business, you have a great many things to deal with, from choosing the legal form of your business, such as limited liability company (LLC), partnership or traditional corporation, to purchasing or leasing commercial real estate and dealing with various legal compliance issues.

Compliance issues may include topics such as meeting health department standards for a restaurant or ensuring all of your employees have proper financial services industry certification before they deal with your clients.

Hiring issues are another important part of the process of operating your business. Unless you can do it all, you are likely to need employees, ranging from managers to front line employees to successfully maintain your business.

Immigration compliance is necessary for any business, and you need to be certain that all of your employees are eligible to work in the U.S. If you are in the food service or construction industries, you may be subject to closer scrutiny by immigration authorities.

The consequences of failing to properly comply with these laws can damage your business and in extreme cases, lead to criminal charges. The owner and general manager of restaurants in Spring Lake Park and West St. Paul were sentenced to jail time as a result of a guilty plea for hiring undocumented workers for the restaurants.

The U.S. Attorney's Office stated that they knowingly employed undocumented immigrants and exploited them by forcing them to work 12 hour per day, six days a week.

The two men will spend between five and six months in federal prison, perform community service and pay more than $300,000 in fines.

While this case involved a knowing violation of federal immigration law, there are many other compliance issues that can lead to sanctions ranging from criminal charges, regulatory fines and revocations of necessary licenses that can cripple or destroy your business.

Working with a knowledgeable law firm both from the start up and on an ongoing basis can help to ensure that you do not make mistakes that can come back to haunt your business in the form of unnecessary litigation or regulatory compliance issues.

Source: bizjournals.com, "Restaurateur gets prison time for exploiting undocumented immigrants," Clare Kennedy, August 7, 2015

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