CHASE LAW NAVIGATOR

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OPERATIONS LEGAL ISSUES

Administration of a business is complicated and any number of issues can arise at any time. Knowing the risks and how to prepare for them is a good way to protect your business.

BUSINESS LICENSES

How can I find out what kind of business licences are required to conduct business?


A good place to start is at your local courthouse where you can obtain a license. However, the SBA has a small business resource tool which can be used to find resources on your area. Learn more here: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/38882




What do I do if I have been operating without a business license?


A worse case scenario, a business caught without a license may be forced to stop their operations. This can even come with a probationary period that you must wait to expire before you may reopen. Some professions may even mean you will face criminal charges. Either way, to avoid fines or worse penalties, you should cease operations until you have a business license and probably consulted with an attorney or legal advisor in you field. Learn more here: https://smallbusiness.chron.com/can-happen-open-business-business-license-2461.html





CONFLICTS OF INTEREST

Various Volunteer Tasks


  • Dog walking and playing time
    Cat Socialization and playtime
    Help with dishes / laundry
    Greeting adopters
    Bathing Dogs
    Grounds Care
    Special projects and events
    Jog-a-Dog dog walkers
    Transport drivers




Steps to Volunteer


  1. Complete the online volunteer application form.
  2. We will review your request and send you an invitation to participate in an external orientation.
  3. Follow the off-site orientation with an on-site orientation in the following week, you will be given a tour and your duties will be shown.
  4. If you want to walk dogs you must: Participate in a manager training orientation Train 6 hours with a qualified staff member




Volunteer requirements


To become an LCHS volunteer you must be at least 16 years old and be prepared to make a minimum commitment of two hours per month.

  • Volunteers that are 15 years old or younger are not allowed on the premises or at off-site events. This includes with or without parental assistance/presence.
  • Volunteers 16-17 years of age can volunteer at the shelter, but there are no off-site events. The volunteer cannot walk any dog. Parents must still sign all authorization forms with the volunteer.
  • Volunteers over 18 can volunteer at the shelter and at any off-site event. Volunteers will not be able to walk any dog until they have completed a special 6-hour training with the Manager and the kennel staff.




Alternative volunteer options


If you cannot meet the requirements to volunteer with us, but still want to give back, we have some options for you!

  • Start a fundraiser
  • Create a supply unit
  • Make toys for our pets
  • Coin operation: place empty bottles in local businesses (with the permission of the manager/owner!) To collect coins. When the jar is full, bring it to us!
  • Cake sales: ask a local merchant if you can organize a cake sale outside your business one day. Make bright posters to share with your neighborhood, church or on social media.
  • Birthday gifts: ask for donations to the shelter for your birthday instead of toys or gifts! Money, food, bedding, treats, garbage, any donation you want to ask on behalf of animals!
If you are interested in creating a fundraiser or starting a supply campaign, send an email to Sidney Hancock at outreachanddevelop@leecountyhumane.org




Schedule volunteer hours


If you are already a trained volunteer, you can sign up for shifts here.





LITIGATION/LIABILITY ISSUES

How can I mitigate bad reviews about my business?


Make sure your product or Services information is accurate. Decide to make the necessary changes for customer experience so they feel heard and respected. Maintain a transparent system of operation let the public know you are being honest with them. Learn more here: https://hbr.org/2020/05/5-principles-for-responding-to-customer-reviews




What is the best way to reduce the risk of my customers getting hurt as a result of my business?


Maintain high quality equipment and tools while also regularly inspecting products and the place of business for potential hazards. Make sure you post proper warning signs physically and on products. Learn more here: https://www.insureon.com/blog/ways-to-prevent-customer-injury-property-damage




How can I best protect my business from unavoidable business risk?


Adequate insurance coverage is important for any field. This along with proper legal advice from an experience attorney or legal advisor is also important so they can advice you specifically on your fields needs. Learn more here: https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/072315/top-ways-manage-business-risks.asp





RECORD KEEPING FOR THE PURPOSE OF AUDITING

Various Volunteer Tasks


  • Dog walking and playing time
    Cat Socialization and playtime
    Help with dishes / laundry
    Greeting adopters
    Bathing Dogs
    Grounds Care
    Special projects and events
    Jog-a-Dog dog walkers
    Transport drivers




Steps to Volunteer


  1. Complete the online volunteer application form.
  2. We will review your request and send you an invitation to participate in an external orientation.
  3. Follow the off-site orientation with an on-site orientation in the following week, you will be given a tour and your duties will be shown.
  4. If you want to walk dogs you must: Participate in a manager training orientation Train 6 hours with a qualified staff member




Volunteer requirements


To become an LCHS volunteer you must be at least 16 years old and be prepared to make a minimum commitment of two hours per month.

  • Volunteers that are 15 years old or younger are not allowed on the premises or at off-site events. This includes with or without parental assistance/presence.
  • Volunteers 16-17 years of age can volunteer at the shelter, but there are no off-site events. The volunteer cannot walk any dog. Parents must still sign all authorization forms with the volunteer.
  • Volunteers over 18 can volunteer at the shelter and at any off-site event. Volunteers will not be able to walk any dog until they have completed a special 6-hour training with the Manager and the kennel staff.




Alternative volunteer options


If you cannot meet the requirements to volunteer with us, but still want to give back, we have some options for you!

  • Start a fundraiser
  • Create a supply unit
  • Make toys for our pets
  • Coin operation: place empty bottles in local businesses (with the permission of the manager/owner!) To collect coins. When the jar is full, bring it to us!
  • Cake sales: ask a local merchant if you can organize a cake sale outside your business one day. Make bright posters to share with your neighborhood, church or on social media.
  • Birthday gifts: ask for donations to the shelter for your birthday instead of toys or gifts! Money, food, bedding, treats, garbage, any donation you want to ask on behalf of animals!
If you are interested in creating a fundraiser or starting a supply campaign, send an email to Sidney Hancock at outreachanddevelop@leecountyhumane.org




Schedule volunteer hours


If you are already a trained volunteer, you can sign up for shifts here.





RISK MANAGEMENT

How can I mitigate bad reviews about my business?


Make sure your product or Services information is accurate. Decide to make the necessary changes for customer experience so they feel heard and respected. Maintain a transparent system of operation let the public know you are being honest with them. Learn more here: https://hbr.org/2020/05/5-principles-for-responding-to-customer-reviews




What is the best way to reduce the risk of my customers getting hurt as a result of my business?


Maintain high quality equipment and tools while also regularly inspecting products and the place of business for potential hazards. Make sure you post proper warning signs physically and on products. Learn more here: https://www.insureon.com/blog/ways-to-prevent-customer-injury-property-damage




How can I best protect my business from unavoidable business risk?


Adequate insurance coverage is important for any field. This along with proper legal advice from an experience attorney or legal advisor is also important so they can advice you specifically on your fields needs. Learn more here: https://www.investopedia.com/articles/personal-finance/072315/top-ways-manage-business-risks.asp