Business Law Hotline

Don't let your first brush with the law be in front of a judge and jury. The National Newspaper Association is offering, free to members, its Business Law Hotline.

Stave off possible court actions by consulting with media attorneys about a variety of issues. Attorneys -- all with backgrounds in media law -- in Nashville, TN, San Diego, CA, and Arlington, VA, support the hotline.

The hotline does not participate in conflicts between newspapers. It provides general information that will help you to determine when you need more legal assistance. For questions about libel, public notices, taxation or estate planning, consult your newspaper attorney.

Many state press organizations also provide hotlines for newsroom and other issues. Contact your state association to learn more.

American Press Works Inc. and King & Ballow of Nashville, TN, and San Diego, CA, sponsor the NNA hotline. Call 1-800-829-4662 option 1.


House passes comp time bill, Senate now has the action

June 12, 2017

WASHINGTON—Newspaper staffs might soon acquire the ability to earn comp time from those late nights covering elections and waiting for the winning touchdown at a high school game.

 

New administration brings new laws and challenges

March 13, 2017

The arrival of the 45th president, Donald J. Trump, and the 115th Congress brings the potential of many legal changes for community newspapers. Here are just a few.

 

Can we edit our website’s online comments?

November 3, 2014

Q The comments feature on our website has certainly brought out the crazies in the community. We thought we were inviting civil discussion, but instead we’re getting profanity and name-calling. We’re thinking of taking it down entirely, but we do want to encourage debate. Can we edit these so we don’t offend our readers?

From what labor laws are newspapers exempt?

December 10, 2013

We have a newspaper with less than 4,000 circulation. Isn’t there a rule that exempts us from some of the labor laws?

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