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Monthly Archives from February 2014

OSC Immigration Related Investigations and Settlements

In January, OSC settled two cases involving allegations of discrimination under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). In these cases, employers imposed additional hiring requirements for non-citizens. One of the cases arose out of a referral to OSC from the USCIS E-Verify Unit. Under the settlement agreements, the employers not only have to pay civil fines but they must also engage in a variety of additional requirements such as: identify and reach non-citizen applicants not considered […]

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It’s Prep Time for New H-1 Petitions

On April 1, 2014, USCIS will begin accepting new H-1B visa petitions for an employment start date of October 1, 2014.  We expect a repeat of 2013, where the H-1B cap was reached during the first week of filing because the demand for these visas exceeded their availability and USCIS conducted a lottery.  Once the cap is reached, employers are unable to file new cap-subject H-1B petitions until April 1, 2015.  We strongly advise clients […]

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Team USA’s Inspiring Foreign-Born Athletes

Have you been watching the incredible and exhilarating Olympics being held in Sochi? As part of our newsletter, we would like to recognize some of the foreign-born athletes that are representing our country: Paul Stastny – Hockey Cam Fowler – Hockey Laurene Ross – Alpine Ski Simon Shnapir – Figure Skater Debbie McCormick – Curler Go Team USA and best wishes to all!

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Marks Gray President and Attorney Gerald ‘Jerry’ W. Weedon Attends FSDB Board Meeting at State Capital

Marks Gray attorney and firm President Gerald “Jerry” Weedon attended the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind (FSDB) Board of Trustees public meeting on Wednesday, February 5, 2014 in the Governor’s Cabinet Meeting Room in Tallahassee, FL.  Administrative members, staff and student representatives from FSDB were on hand to share information about the school. The meeting agenda focused on matters pertaining to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind.  American Sign Language […]

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Marks Gray Law Firm Announces a New Intellectual Property Practice Area

The Marks Gray law firm is pleased to announce a new intellectual property practice area. The intellectual property group provides a comprehensive range of legal services relating to trademarks, copyrights, domain names and trade secrets. These services include: trademark clearance searches; federal, state and foreign trademark registrations; trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings; copyright registrations, domain registrations, licensing agreements, dispute resolution and intellectual property litigation. The practice area is led by of counsel, Crystal T. Broughan. […]

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