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Spring can be a good time to catch up on important chores. This is not only the case for households, but for businesses as well.

Now, spring cleaning regarding their physical workplace is not the only type of spring cleaning that can be helpful for businesses. So too can spring cleaning regarding their digital presence and practices.

Here are some digital spring cleaning steps California business owners can take:

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When it comes to effective advertising, most professionals agree that location is crucial. You need to put ads where they will be seen by the most people in order to get the maximum return on your investment.

But what happens if your business' advertising campaign interferes with the advertising rights that a rival company paid top dollar for? This scenario is currently playing out in court between Wells Fargo and an NFL franchise.

The Minnesota Vikings are currently building a new Stadium in downtown Minneapolis. Like most sports stadiums these days, this one will bear the name of a major corporation. U.S. Bank purchased the naming rights for a reported $220 million.

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The average person's work experience in America has changed dramatically over the past half-century. It used to be the case that a worker just out of college could get hired by a company and stay with that organization for most or all of his career. But for better and worse, these kinds of career-long employment opportunities rarely exist anymore.

Instead, the average American worker can expect to have numerous jobs throughout his career. And it is increasingly becoming the norm for workers to work for more than one employer at a time - either in the form of a second job or through a contracting scenario. This relationship can be beneficial for workers, but it can also be exploitative. The U.S. Department of Labor recently announced that it wants to crack down on companies taking the latter approach.

In Silicon Valley and elsewhere, companies are increasingly relying on outsourcing, subcontracting and temporary employment (such as through a staffing agency). It is expensive to hire and train a large, full-time staff - especially if your company's work needs fluctuate over time. That's one reason why these alternative employment relationships are attractive.

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It is generally understood that work environments in Silicon Valley are unlike those in the rest of the United States. Whether the business is a small tech startup or a more established company, everything about the work experience tends to be more fluid. Work may happen at all hours of the day and night, colleagues become friends and the boundaries between professional and personal life start to blur.

While this is an exciting environment to work in, it also comes with risks. If you own the business and hired the employees, you are ultimately responsible for resolving any employment disputes that arise. And you will likely be held liable if those disputes are not resolved quickly and fairly. According to the results of a recent survey, one of the biggest problems facing Silicon Valley companies is sexual harassment.

" The Elephant In The Valley " was a survey taken by more than 220 women in Silicon Valley who have been working in tech for at least a decade. Approximately 75 percent of survey respondents held high-ranking positions within their companies.

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Owners of successful businesses understand that a company's image can be as important as the goods and services it offers. That's why many companies invest considerable money, time and legal resources into crafting and maintaining a positive "brand." They may even seek to control interactions between their customers and any third parties that also do business with the company.

According to news sources, one of California's most popular restaurant chains is taking legal action against a start-up that offers delivery services for restaurants that don't provide it. In-N-Out Burger has filed a lawsuit against DoorDash, alleging numerous business torts, including copyright infringement.

It is unclear if DoorDash has signed contracts with the restaurants it advertises delivery for. But In-N-Out Burger's lawsuit suggests that it has not entered any deals with the company. Indeed, the burger chain's copyright infringement claim stems from the use of the In-N-Out Burger logo on the DoorDash website and mobile app.

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