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Monthly Archives from August 2021

TikTok, Dance Creators, and Copyright Complications

Even if you do not have an account on TikTok, you have likely heard of the social media platform. After all, it became the most-downloaded app in 2020 after then-President Trump attempted to ban it. Users love the platform because of how easy it is for people to share short videos. One of the most popular genres of videos that people post is dance. In fact, quite a few users create their own dances and […]

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Can an Employee Start Working Without a Social Security Number?

  It might take a while for foreign nationals arriving in the United States to work to obtain their Social Security number (SSN) for various reasons. As of this writing, it can take Social Security offices a few weeks to issue a SSN and card. What should you do if you need to onboard a worker without a SSN? Note that yes you can onboard the person without a SSN.  Below are tips to assist […]

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An Employee’s Green Card Is Expiring — Do You Need to Reverify It?

Welcome to the second in a series of posts celebrating the publication of my new book: I-9 Verification Employment eGuide for HR professionals. This free, comprehensive book is chock-full of detailed information designed to walk you through the process and make sure you avoid (literally!) costly mistakes. In this series of blog posts, I am sharing helpful information from the first chapter, titled “Top 10 Questions from Employers About I-9s.” The first post answered the […]

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You Say “Louis,” I Say “Chewy”: Distinguishing Tarnishment from Blurring

Written By Guest Author, Marks Gray Summer Law Clerk Corrine H. Bowden What do Louis Vuitton luxury handbags have in common with “Chewy Vuiton” dog toys?  According to the Fourth Circuit, not enough.  The court’s November 2007 ruling in favor of the underdog in Louis Vuitton Malletier S.A., v. Haute Diggity Dog, LLC made what has proven to be a lasting impact on trademark law. The opinion also outlines a thorough dilution analysis revolving around […]

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