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Yearly Archives from 2021

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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What to Know about Copyright Protection for Presentation Materials

Presentations are given every day to a wide variety of audiences throughout the world.  Professional consultants provide presentations on leadership development, handling stress, how to improve sales techniques, financial investments, real estate sales, and insurance as an investment — just to name a few. If the materials in these presentations and the handouts distributed to the audience are original works, the creators of presentations should submit copyright applications to obtain copyright registrations for those original […]

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6 of the Top I-9 Mistakes That Employers Make

As a business immigration attorney, one of the things I get the most questions about from clients is the I-9 verification process — and it’s easy to see why! I-9 verification is complicated, confusing, and full of lots of specific rules and requirements. That’s why I decided to write my new 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 […]

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Did the City of Pasadena Infringe on the Rose Bowl Trademark?

Last week, U.S. District Judge Andre Birotte dismissed a lawsuit on behalf of the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association (The Association) against the City of Pasadena. The lawsuit included several claims: The Association sought a declaration that the City of Pasadena did not have an ownership interest in the ROSE BOWL GAME trademark or the ROSE BOWL trademark. The Association sought a declaration that if a force majeure event should occur under the Master License […]

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