Immigration Blog

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Marks Gray Forms Comprehensive Business Advisory Team

Marks Gray, one of Jacksonville’s oldest and most respected law firms practicing business law, announces it has launched a comprehensive business advisory team that combines all legal counsel and services that businesses need arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath. The practice is the first business-focused team of its kind in the region and can serve clients across Florida. Businesses face a myriad of legal issues because of COVID-19. These could include HR […]

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Giselle Speaks to the Association of Legal Administrators Jax on Immigration Updates and Learns from them – a Win-Win! 

Giselle was honored to speak virtually to the Association of Legal Administrators (ALA) Jax on how immigration and global economics are being impacted by COVID-19.  She also learned new Zoom and Linkedin tips from ALA members!  

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