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Yearly Archives from 2017

Fraudulent Trademark Solicitations

Often, I receive telephone calls from clients who have received a document through the U.S. mail that looks like official correspondence from a government agency telling the client that there is a deadline to file a document with the Trademark office or offering to manage their trademarks. These solicitations are scams…If you have a pending trademark application or you own trademarks that are registered through the U.S.P.T.O. be careful to read any correspondence you may receive pertaining to the application or registration.

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Rock Your 2017!

by Giselle Carson, JBA Past President and Co-Chair of Health and Wellness Committee We are a few weeks into 2017. How are you doing with those New Year’s goals?  Where are you going to find the energy, the time to complete them? I ponder this very question every year and find the answer by learning from others and reviewing and updating my habits and routines.

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Will Your Immigration Case Be Impacted by the New Rule that Went into Effect on Jan. 17th?

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rule “Retention of EB-1, EB-2, and EB-3 Immigrant Workers and Program Improvements Affecting High-Skilled Nonimmigrant Workers” took effect on January 17, 2017. The rule amends regulations related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs, so you may be wondering if you will be impacted. If your case is adjudicated after January 17th, 2017, it will be subject to the new rule.

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Arizona Company Fined $347,500 for 380 Paperwork I-9 Violations

In USA v. Frimmel Management, OCAHO ordered the employer to pay $347,500 in penalties for 380 paperwork I-9 violations. ICE served this employer with a Notice of Inspection requesting the original Forms I-9 “for all current employees and all former” employees, copies of any identity and employment authorization documents attached to the employees’ Forms I-9, a list of all employees receiving wages, and other related employee and business records.

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Latest Updates on the New Form I-9

Don’t forget to start using the new Form I-9 for all new employees and any Section 3 reverifications starting on January 22, 2017. Here are the most important recent updates about the form:

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