I own two companies. The one company owns all the intellectual property in a whole lot of training books and material that I’ve developed over the years. Through my other company, I sold some software licenses to a guy who’s a motivational speaker. He wanted to make extra money on the side by selling some of my books at his speaking events, so I added the books onto his order. He paid me for the software but not the books, and now refuses to answer my calls. I want to send him a letter of demand. Which company’s letterhead should I use?
There are many businesses that operate as a group of companies, using multiple business entities. There’re several reasons for this, including legal risk containment, acquisition strategies, creative accounting, the curious growth path of the business, or for other reasons lost in time. Whatever the reason, doing business across multiple entities generally concerns no-one except the bookkeepers tasked with keeping some semblance of order. Until the time comes to sue. Because that’s when a little concept called locus standi could become more than a thorn in your side.
I caught a staff member stealing money from the till. I caught him red-handed and told him that I won’t lay criminal charges against him but he’s fired and must leave immediately. He got a bit of a fright and left the shop immediately. The next day he came back and told me that he wants severance pay or else he’s going to the CCMA. Does he have a leg to stand on? I mean, it was blatant theft!
Most employers have encountered the curious phenomenon of the mysteriously absent employee. They’re not at their station at 8 am. By midday, you’ve left multiple calls on their voicemail. And to get through the day you’re forced to shuffle your staff around to pick up the slack. But when this happens the next day, and the next day, and the next, what then? What can you do, if anything, when an AWOL employee magically reappears?
With Spring having sprung, parents everywhere can finally look forward to spending their warm, sunny Saturdays cheering their children on in their chosen sporting events. Seated on the side of the school field, bums in camping chairs, feet on the cooler box, the worst that can happen is hitting a six through a classroom window, or forgetting about the sunscreen until halfway through the third over. Or is it?