On Wednesday, September 30, 2020, I had the opportunity to teach my Intellectual Property 101 class to the Jim Moran Institute Small Business Executive Program Class VII in Jacksonville, Florida. The members of the class included owners of a restaurant, a law firm, a marketing consultant business, an IT managed service provider, a business planning advisor, an equipment company, and a fish aquarium store, to name just a few of the members of the class. […]Continue Reading
With Another H-1B Cap Season on the Books, We Say “Thank You” to Our Clients
This H-1B cap season has been extraordinary in so many ways. We’re continuing to learn and improve. We’re more determined and passionate. If you were not selected this year and/or are looking to file next year, we look forward to working with you with the same focus and determination to help you achieve your goals. The official filing for the H-1B FY2022 begins March 2021. We will begin working with our clients for the FY22 […]Continue Reading
USCIS Fees Were Supposed to Increase — By a Lot — on October 2. Then a Judge Temporarily Blocked the Increase. What Happened? What’s Next?
After several organizations filed lawsuits against USCIS to challenge and stop the significant fee increases, on Tuesday, September 29, 2020, a federal judge temporarily blocked USCIS’ fee increase action. The order came just three days before the new fees were scheduled to go into effect on October 2, 2020. The judge questioned the validity of the fee increase and its effect on applicants. The order calls for the fees increase to be blocked across the […]Continue Reading
HR Alert: Another Extension for Form I-9 Virtual Verification Flexibility — This Time for an Additional 60 Days
On September 15, DHS and ICE announced another extension of the flexibility of virtual verification to comply with the requirements of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Previously, the deadline for flexible verification was set to expire on September 19. This time the extension is for 60 days. The expiration date for this accommodation is now November 19, 2020. Keep in mind, however, that this provision only applies to those workplaces and employers that are operating […]Continue Reading
Do You Need a “Coronavirus Addendum” to Your Non-Disclosure and Non-Solicitation Agreements?
The current pandemic has created a new virtual world of meetings and access to confidential, proprietary information by the participants in a Zoom or other virtual meeting. Unless each participant signs a Non-Disclosure Agreement (“NDA”), your trade secrets and intellectual property may be compromised and subject to inadvertent disclosure or intentional theft. The participants in your company meetings may have already signed a standard confidentiality agreement or other form of NDA, but that document may […]Continue Reading
The Bold Business of Bold City
“Managing a business through a pandemic is not for sissies.” That is what Susan Miller with Bold City Brewery told me when I interviewed her for this article. Susan and her son, Brian Miller, started Bold City Brewery in 2008 during the recession. They survived that economic downturn and built a successful family business brewing beer and distributing it throughout Florida. Over time, they developed a strong brand and registered the trademarks for several of […]Continue Reading