Utah Contacts: When is Substantial Performance Enough?

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801-365-1021 [email protected] Under Utah law, must parties to a contract perform their contract duties strictly, literally, exactly, and completely? If they do not, are they in breach and liable for damages? No, not always. Sometimes all that is required is “substantial performance.” This article discusses what substantial performance is and what Read More

Firing Employees in Utah who Refuse to Engage in Illegal Conduct

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801-365-1021 [email protected] An employer asks an employee to do something illegal or improper as part of that employee’s work duties. The employee refuses. Shortly thereafter, the employer fires the employee. What next? Is there anything the employee can do? Should the employer be worried about liability for wrongfully firing the employee? Read More

Paying and Withholding Wages During Employment or Upon Termination and Other Issues Answered by the Utah Payment of Wages Act

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801-365-1021 [email protected] Wage claims and disputes between Utah employees and employers are fairly common, unfortunately. The Utah Payment of Wages Act contains many of the statutes and guidelines that any employee or employer should understand when a payment question or dispute arises. This article explains some of the requirements under the Read More

Thirteen Estate Planning Terms You Need to Know

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By Jeff B. Skoubye 801.365.1012 [email protected] Estate planning—it is an incredibly important tool, not just for the uber wealthy or those thinking about retirement. On the contrary, estate planning is something every adult should do. Estate planning can help you accomplish any number of goals, including appointing guardians for minor children, choosing healthcare agents to Read More

Initial Response to Employee Discrimination Charges

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By Nathan D. Anderson Charges of discrimination are daunting for small businesses. This article will help you and your small business better understand employee discrimination charges and some good, initial steps you can take in response.   What is a Charge of Discrimination?   Before employees can sue their employers for discrimination, they must file Read More

Are Non-Competition Agreements Against Independent Contractors Enforceable in Utah?

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801-365-1021 [email protected] Usually, a non-competition agreement is an agreement between an employer and an employee where the employee agrees to not compete with the employer’s business. These agreements are also known as non-competes, post-employment restrictive covenants, or covenants not to compete. They prohibit the employee from selling or offering to sell Read More