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Six Lessons for Business Owners from Improvisational Jazz Music

The International Trademark Association Leadership Meeting was held in New Orleans this year. One of the programs offered was a group of jazz musicians who demonstrated how the elements of jazz improvisation apply to leading a business. The musicians played bass, keyboards, drums, and trumpet. They provided wonderful entertainment and the following business lessons. Strong Leadership Whether in a jazz band or a successful business, members need to respect the leadership, and leadership needs to […]

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Answers to Your Pressing Questions about E-Verify TNCs

Immigration and I-9 compliance continue to be hot topics. And a number of clients have come to us lately with questions about Tentative Nonconfirmations (TNCs) and I-9 verifications. What does a TNC mean? What should you do next? Can you still hire the employee? Do you have to terminate him or her? It can be confusing to even seasoned HR personnel! So, we put together this FAQs list to help you clear up the matter. […]

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Tolerating Incivility Is the Price We Pay for Freedom, Says Judge

After the Stoneman Douglas shooting last year, long-time Florida NRA lobbyist Marion Hammer received emails that would horrify and disgust most people. Graphic images of gunshot wounds inflicted by the shooter. Language described as “vile,” “harassing,” and “threatening.” Rather than be cowed by the emails, Hammer fought back by filing a harassment lawsuit against the men who sent them, including California lawyer Laurence Sorensen, seeking money damages. Sorensen moved to dismiss the lawsuit. Ms. Hammer’s […]

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Florida First Amendment Sunshine Seminar in Jacksonville

On November 29, 2018, I had the pleasure of helping to present during a recent Florida First Amendment Sunshine Seminar in Jacksonville. Members of the news media and representatives from local governments attended the event to learn more about complying with laws on open meetings and public records in Florida. The seminar, which took place at the Florida Times-Union headquarters, was hosted in part by the First Amendment Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists-Florida, and the […]

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The Three Hs of an Influencer

I met an impressive speaker during the International Trademark Associations Leadership Meeting in November who provided a thoughtful message to the audience. Gustavo Giay is an attorney from Argentina at the law firm of Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal and a former member of the INTA Board of Directors. Mr. Giay shared with the audience the three Hs – Head, Heart, and Hands – and how they can be used to make a difference in this […]

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Ongoing Instability for International Students

For the first time in many, many years, the number of international students and scholars at US universities declined. This decline is attributed to various factors. Uncertainty about visa policies. Instability about OPT and CPT options. And yes, the United States being a less welcoming place to foreign students under the Trump presidency. Many new immigration policies make it difficult to recruit talented students and scholars to American campuses. This is also impacting US employers’ […]

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