Dale & Eke is taking the COVID-19 outbreak very seriously.  So, for the purpose of maintaining social distancing under CDC guidelines and to promote the health and safety of our clients, visitors and staff and reduce the spread of COVID-19, our physical office will be closed until further notice.

For the time being we are limiting all in-office meetings to those clients and potential clients who are not feeling ill or who have not shown signs of illness.  However, we are recommending that, unless you make other arrangements with your attorney, all client and potential client meetings occur via telephone or video conferencing.  If you have any paperwork for us that you need to drop off, please use the mail slot outside of the front door to our office.

We can still be reached at our office telephone number (317-844-7400). Your call will be answered by our office phone system and you may leave a voicemail in the general mailbox or with a specific attorney. All voicemails left in the general mailbox will be routed to the requested attorney or staff.

You may also email the firm through its website at  www.daleeke.com.

We will continue to monitor this evolving situation and adjust procedures as necessary.  Your health and safety, and the health and safety of our attorneys and staff, is our highest priority.  We thank you for your patience and understanding during these uncertain and unprecedented times.

A Professional Corporation of Attorneys at Law

Protecting your business when transitioning to a remote workforce

Over the course of the past five years, businesses have been making the decision to transition their existing workforce from a brick and mortar office space to remote.  Many new business start-ups have chosen to build their workforces remotely from the ground up. It is estimated that remote work options increased by over 40 percent.  In 2020, that rate has skyrocketed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Therein lies the basis for our question.  How prepared were you to immediately take your business to the cloud? Did you take proper steps to protect your private and proprietary information?  It is highly likely that most small business owners did not, which has left their companies vulnerable to several possible types of damage.

While there are several matters to consider when utilizing a remote workforce, two stand out as most important to us.  First, it is of utmost importance that if a company is going to allow its employees to work remotely, contract and employment agreements address privacy matters. This could include things such as confidential customer information, data privacy, and proprietary information about a product. Contracts should be amended to specifically address each of these, and set out consequences for their breach.

Second, how secure is your operating system?  Whether you utilize a cloud based software that allows employees to login, or you have a VPN of your own, it is important to run security checks.  Having a professional take a look at settings and additional hacker protections is never a bad idea.  Again, that person should also be asked to sign some form of confidentiality agreement.

An astute business attorney can help you set your remote workforce up for success.  Having an extra set of eyes to make sure all recommended boxes have been checked, and your information is as secure as possible is money well spent. The demand for remote work is only going to grow.  As a business owner, you can be ahead of the game.