Natural Resource Law

Many private landowners are surprised to find they don’t own all of their property.  This problem is often demonstrated in connection with oil and gas development activities. Some background.  All privately owned land derives from initial public ownership.  But the various laws under which public land is initially “privatized” can have drastic effects on landowners down the line, as can the language of prior deeds in the chain of title.  Such effects are almost always permanent, and may not manifest themselves for decades.  In Utah, perhaps 1/6 of the state consists of so-called “split estate” land, where the federal government

One increasingly popular business trend right now is BYOD (bring your own device), where employees use their own smartphones, tablets, laptops and other devices to access company resources for work purposes via the Cloud.  BYOD can increase efficiency, as it allows companies to provide greater flexibility and anytime, anywhere access to company resources.  Even if companies do not anticipate efficiencies from permitting the access of company resources with personal mobile devices, social pressures may force companies’ hands.  A Fortinet survey of 4,000 workers from ages 20 to 29 found slightly more than half view it as their “right” to use

We’ve all heard the old adage:  If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.  That may be true in many circumstances, but how do you know if your employee manual needs fixing?  Employee manuals are often overlooked, but as we approach the beginning of a new year, it is an ideal time to consider taking your employee manual off the shelf and having knowledgeable employment counsel review it to determine if changes in the law or new industry regulations warrant any updates or revisions to your existing policies. Why Have an Employee Manual? Employee manuals play an important role in any

Once again, Parr Brown is teaming up with local law firms for a friendly but competitive food/fund drive to benefit the Utah Food Bank.  Food and non-food items are being collected at Parr Brown’s office. Donations can also be made on-line by visiting  https://www.utahfoodbank.org/virtual-food?Team=1988 The Utah Food Bank can take a $1 donation and turn it into $7 worth of food and services. This is possible because of volunteer support and generous food donations. Not only that, Utah Food Bank is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, so all contributions are tax deductible.  You MUST use the link provided in order to give Parr