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Legally Sound Smart Business

A business podcast with a legal twist

Legally Sound Smart Business is a podcast by Pasha Law PC covering different topics in business advice and news with a legal twist with attorneys Nasir Pasha and Matt Staub.
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Latest Episodes

July 7, 2014

Nasir and Matt kick off social media week by discussingthe waitress who got fired for going on a Facebook rant after poor tipping. They also answer, “Our company has really taken off but we now need some tech work done. Should we just buy some software or bring in someone in-house?”

July 4, 2014

Nasir and Matt celebrate America’s birthday by discussing the newest decision in the hotdog in the eye at a baseball game case and the legal side of the 4th of July. They then answer, “I gave my employees the option to take the 4th of July off. Everyone except one employee decided to take the…

July 2, 2014

The guys welcome franchise owner Michael Davis to discuss his Cartridge World franchise and his experience as a franchise owner. They also answer the question, “How worried should I be about the arbitration clause in my employee agreement and does this force me to only arbitration?”

June 30, 2014

Nasir and Matt attempt to do a World Cup themed episode, as they discuss the recent Supreme Court case about patents and answer, “If I sell items online, can I have them agree to the contract by checking a box that no one reads?”

June 27, 2014

Nasir and Matt again talk about Yelp, this time with its new chat feature. They then answer the question, “What’s the most important thing to include in a noncompete agreement?” Nasir’s note: here is the link to the site he deemed much better than Yelp:

June 25, 2014

The guys welcome the CEO of Klean Kanteen, Jim Osgood, to discuss why his company decided to become B Corp certified and the positive effects the certification has had. Jim also provides his perspective on the question, “One of our employees does great work and isn’t breaking any office rules, but we have noticed he…

June 23, 2014

Nasir and Matt kick things off by discussing the U.S.Patent and Trademark Office canceling the Washington Redskins’ trademark registration. They then answer the following for a dentist from Napa, California, “We have a handfull of clients who owe us money. Some are a couple days late and some are months outstanding. At what point should…

June 20, 2014

Nasir and Matt get World Cup fever as they delve into insurance coverage for the big event. The guys also answer the question, “I own a restaurant. Can I help get to the new minimum wage by giving them a $1 food credit each hour?”

June 18, 2014

Nasir and Matt talk about the recent lawsuits filed against companies in Manila about spam texting. They then answer, “We have a PTO system in place that allows employees to take days off, but many of my employees are requesting the same days off because of the World Cup. Can I prevent some from doing…

June 16, 2014

The guys discuss Tesla’s decision to go open source with its patents and answer the question, “Our sales people get company cell phones that are for work use only. One of our recently fired employees wants the pictures on their phone. Do I have to give it to them?”

June 13, 2014

The guys discuss Kickstarter’s decision to lower the barrier for project acceptance and answer the question, “Can I hire some summer interns and not pay them?”

June 11, 2014

Nasir and Matt welcome author Meg Hirshberg to discuss her recent article about firing your spouse. They address, “I run a business that hinges on customer service. My son is home from college and can’t find a job. Is it worth me taking the risk of hiring him knowing he probably won’t be good for…

June 9, 2014

Nasir and Matt talk about the effects of Seattle raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and discuss whether cities like San Diego will follow suit. They then answer, “In late November 2013 I bought some things for a local business and was given a check for the exact amount a few days later….

June 6, 2014

The guys end the week by talking about the waivers signed by participants in extreme sports like Tough Mudder.  They address the question, “I’m an independent contractor and was presented with an agreement that basically makes me liable for any mistake I make and not the company.  Is this fair, or even common practice?”

June 4, 2014

Nasir and Matt welcome Steve Rothschild to discuss the film tax credit bill recently passed in California, as well as the importance of transferrable tax credits to businesses. They also answer, “I received a demand letter from an attorney that is asking for way more money that I would ever be responsible for. What should…

June 2, 2014

Nasir and Matt kick off the week discussing Apple’s acquisition of Beats and whether it was a smart purchase. They then answer the question, “Should I give some of my employees a corporate credit card?”

May 30, 2014

Nasir and Matt break down the new laws involving Uber and Lyft in Colorado and answer the question, “Now that it’s almost summertime, I want to implement casual Fridays. Is there something I should restrict from a legal standpoint?”

May 28, 2014

The guys discuss the most recent lawsuit involving Paris Hilton’s breach of contract and answer, “Is it legal to record audio of employees in the workplace without their consent?”

May 27, 2014

Nasir and Matt talk about fast food restaurants replacing employees with robots and answer the question, “I’m trying to raise some capital from investors. When they ask how I am going to use their investment, what should I say?”

May 23, 2014

The guys talk about all you can eat buffets implementing surcharges for unclean plates. They then address, “I have an minor working for me who said they would work for half of what the minimum wage is. Can I legally do this?”

May 21, 2014

Nasir and Matt welcome security guru Daniel Libby to discuss the issues involved with the secrecy of whistleblower apps, and answer the question, “We had an issue with some customer info that was compromised. Should we tell our customers, and if so, how?”

May 19, 2014

Nasir and Matt talk about the trademark filing surrounding Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M. They also answer the question, “Can I put anything in my contracts that prevents my customers from leaving a negative Yelp review?”

May 16, 2014

The guys discuss Snapchat’s seemingly minor punishment for misrepresentations about its privacy policy and answer, “How do I decide what salary to pay myself?”

May 14, 2014

Nasir and Matt welcome Jesse Lindsleyto talk about people are ripping off successful mobile games and answer the question, “My partners and I have been developing an online software and a mobile app, but we are wondering if we should split the mobile aspect of our business into a separate LLC since not everyone is…

May 12, 2014

Nasir and Matt discuss the trend of employers providing loans to employees and answer the questions, “I know I need to pay some of my employees more to prevent them from leaving but I won’t have the revenue for another 6 months, what else can I do to keep them in the mean time?”

May 9, 2014

Nasir and Matt talk about how a businesses based on a fad can succeed and answer, “I don’t have money to pay for certain services. Can I trade my products for other company’s services?”

May 7, 2014

The guys discuss how companies use the data they collect and answer, “How can I make sure my employees don’t steal my proprietary info after they leave?”

May 6, 2014

Nasir and Matt discuss the legalities behind the NBA banning Donald Sterling and answer the question, “One of my employees is very annoying. He does great work but I can tell he is not liked by most coworkers. I also know he will sue if I fire him. How can I handle this best?”

May 2, 2014

Nasir and Matt discuss the story of a woman’s claim of sexual harassment at the software company Github. They then answer the question, “Is it a good idea to get a patent before I start my company or wait down the road?”

April 30, 2014

Nasir and Matt welcome business guru Roy Daya.  They talk about why a business might fail after an acquisition and answer the question, “I have put in many years to get my business profitable and just reached that goal this past year. We have a sound business model in place and secured investments so we…

April 28, 2014

Nasir and Matt discuss the Walmartthat claimed itsemployees were home on Easter but were really working in the store. They also answer the question, “I gave a small ownership interest to a friend. Now he refuses to do any voting in which a shareholder vote is required. I have the majority so do I need…

April 25, 2014

Nasir and Matt talk about Amazon’soffer to employees to take cash to quit and answer a question on hiring employees to work remotely.

April 23, 2014

The guys discuss the effect of the Heartbleed virus on small businesses and then provide guidance on exempt employees.

April 21, 2014

Nasir and Matt discuss a lawsuit involving Gordon Ramsay and his business partner. They then address the question of whether an attorney or a CPA should take priority.

April 18, 2014

Nasir and Matt discuss UPS laying off 250 employees over the decision by one worker. They also answer a question on the best techniques to keeping employees long-term. Update: Those 250 employees have been rehired.

April 16, 2014

Nasir and Matt address the problem surrounding employees not taking vacation. The two also talk about overtime pay in the question of the day.

April 14, 2014

Nasir and Matt talk about Google’s new class of stock that has no voting rights, as well as how to bring on investors without losing equity in the company.

April 11, 2014

Nasir and Matt discuss the commercials featuring Ronald McDonalds approving of Taco Bell’s breakfast. They also attack the independent contractor misclassification issue from the employee perspective in the question of the day.

April 9, 2014

Nasir and Matt talk about the lawsuit over items of flair from Office Space and answer a question on options in purchasing a business.

April 7, 2014

Nasir and Matt discuss the potential benefit of PiinPoint, the digital location finder, will have on small businesses. They also answer a question on whether you should make the first draft a contract.

March 31, 2014

Nasir and Matt discuss the IRS deciding that Bitcoin is property and not currency, the recent ruling that college football players may unionize, a lawsuit filed over an asset purchase gone wrong, and why one early investor is not excited about the Candy Crush IPO. They also answer questions about putting the “LLC” designation after…

March 24, 2014

Nasir and Matt start things off by discussing PayPal’s decision to stop freezing accounts for crowdfunding, as well as Starbucks licensing its mobile payment system, a company having to advance legal fees for a manager, and which NCAA tournament bracket contests are legal. They also answer questions about what to discuss at board meetings, corporate…

March 17, 2014

In this week’s episode, Nasir and Matt welcome attorney Mark Wisnosky to discuss the ongoing legal battle involving patents on podcasts and legal crowdfunding. They also talk about a class action lawsuit against McDonald’s, the proposed new rules for overtime pay, and Uber’s smart move to increase its insurance policies. Nasir and Matt also answer…

March 10, 2014

This week’s episode examines who owns the selfie taken at the Oscars, why one food truck is facing criminal charges, how Getty Images is making some of its photos free, and a teen’s Facebook post that may cost her dad $80,000. Nasir and Matt also field questions about who owns work created by an employer’s…

March 5, 2014

This week’s episode features the best moments through the first 20 podcasts. Topics include the popular sauce vs. crust debate, having your employees work on Thanksgiving, the interview with Jerry Sanders, legalities of running a fake promotion, Texas A&M licensing the 12th man to Seattle, and the first and last employee vs. independent contractor discussion….

February 24, 2014

Nasir and Matt start the show off discussing Facebook’s newest acquisition (WhatsApp), how Capital One’s credit card policy allows entry into consumer’s homes, the importance of new top level domains to small businesses, and how to not respond to a (fake)employee quitting. They also answer questions concerning about hiring a minor, what expense you can…

February 17, 2014

In this week’s episode Nasir and Matt discuss the Dumb Starbucksstore that surfaced in Los Angeles, an NFL player voiding his contract for more guaranteed money, and employees at Starbucks questioning a disabled veteran with a service dog. They also welcome special guest Reggie Lal to discuss Ponzi schemesin real estate investing. Nasir and Matt…

February 10, 2014

Nasir and Matt kick off this week’s episode by discussingMicrosoft partnering with Foursquare. They also talk about Texas A&M licensing use of the “12th Man” to the Seattle Seahawks, the FTC going after a mega spammer, and the backlash by developers of’s “candy” trademark. Nasir and Matt answer questions about legal concerns of running…

February 3, 2014

In this week’s episode, Nasir and Matt discuss some of Obama’s planned executive actions for 2014, Ohio pizzerias breaking employment laws, the importance of forum selection causes in contracts, and the crazy story behind one man losing his Twitter handle. They also answer questions about changing business agreements, being an at-will employee, and running multiple…

January 27, 2014

Nasir and Matt discuss a new law mandating paid sick leave for employees in New York City, the Union-Tribune in San Diego losing a lawsuit for misclassifying independent contractors, small businesses finding another loophole in the Affordable Care Act, and one person’s opinion to never do online banking for your business. They also answer questions…

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