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

Utah Construction Liens: An Overview of the Five Basic Steps

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801.365.1021 [email protected] In Utah, a construction lien is a valuable tool for any contractor, subcontractor, or supplier who does not receive payment for work it performs on a construction project. If the party who contracted for the work refuses or is unable to pay, the construction lien provides a second route Read More

The Final Steps of a Lien Claim: Winning the Lawsuit, Selling the Property, and Dividing up Proceeds

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801-365-1021 [email protected] In prior articles, I explained four general steps to preserving and enforcing a construction lien (also known as a mechanic’s lien) in Utah. These steps include: 1) filing a preliminary notice; 2) recording a notice of construction lien; 3) filing a lawsuit and recording a lis pendens; and 4) Read More

7 Tips for Utah Employers on Firing Employees

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By Joseph G. Ballstaedt 801-365-1021 [email protected] Owning a business is a rewarding and challenging experience. Perhaps one of the most challenging responsibilities for business owners is hiring quality employees and—when necessary—knowing when and how to fire employees. This article briefly discusses 7 tips that will help you avoid legal and other issues when you let Read More

Force Majeure Clauses and COVID-19

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By Tyler S. Foutz Many contracts include what is commonly known as a “Force Majeure” clause. “Force Majeure” translates literally as “superior strength.” Force majeure clauses may also be known as “Act of God” clauses. A force majeure clause is intended to reduce or alter contractual obligations should a major event occur which renders the Read More

Contractors and Subcontractors – What Does COVID-19 Mean for Your Contracts?

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By Tyler S. Foutz We suddenly find ourselves in a much different business atmosphere in April of 2020.  Much of what we are experiencing is, of course, uncharted territory.  The COVID-19 precautions and shutdowns are likely to impact every industry and area of the economy in a different way.  Many contractors and subcontractors in the Read More