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Monthly Archives from February 2021

What Do Employers Need to Know About the New Florida E-Verify Law?

Overview of E-Verify and Federal Requirements  E-Verify is a web-based system introduced in 1996 to compare employees’ Form I-9 data with records from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), and the Department of State (DOS). E-Verify is used to confirm the employment eligibility of new hires.   Under federal law, all employers are required to complete a Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification for each new employee to verify the identity and […]

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What Exactly Does “Failure to Function as a Trademark” Mean?

“Failure to function as a trademark” is one of the reasons the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) may refuse to register an applicant’s proposed trademark. What does it mean? How can this happen?   Quite simply, not all words, designs, or symbols used by business owners in commerce to sell goods or services function as trademarks — regardless of the trademark applicant’s intent. A word, design, or symbol does not function as a trademark […]

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Foreign Nationals: Things You Should Know Before Travelling Abroad

Many foreign nationals travel abroad and renew their visas during this time of year. This process, however, is becoming more challenging, restrictive, and time-consuming with COVID still raging around the world. In January, the Biden Administration reinstated COVID-19 Travel Bans from Brazil, Ireland, the U.K., and the Schengen Area. Additionally, they added South Africa to that list. Travelers physically present in the affected countries will be banned from entering the U.S. until the ban is […]

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