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Library of Congress National Book Festival

Do you like reading books? Do you prefer the smell of a page to the glow of a Kindle?  Then you might be interested in the National Book Festival scheduled for September 17-26, 2021. The Library of Congress hosts this annual festival, and it is a wonderful event to attend. Due to the pandemic, the festival is virtual this year. To attend, check out the National Book Festival website. This year, the theme is “Open […]

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An Internal Audit Uncovered Problems with a Form I-9 — What Should Employers Do?

This is the seventh post in a series celebrating the publication of my new book: I-9 Verification Employment eGuide for HR professionals. This free guide covers everything busy HR pros need to know to prevent common issues experienced during the I-9 verification process. These blog posts cover the first chapter of the book, “Top 10 Questions from Employers About I-9s.” So far, I have covered: 6 of the Top I-9 Mistakes That Employers Make An […]

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Bona Fide Intent in the Future for Joy Tea and CBD

More states throughout the country are legalizing cannabidiol (“CBD”), a chemical component of the cannabis plant used for medicinal and recreational purposes. You can find it in balms, supplements, drinks, and food. A question regarding trademark has come up in the wake of these changing laws. Can producers and sellers of CBD products assert a bona fide intent to use a trademark in commerce? The snarl is that their goods are likely prohibited under federal […]

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Check out Edward Birk’s latest interview with News4Jax!

Check out Media and Advertising Attorney Edward Birk’s latest interview with News4Jax on Florida’s decision to start issuing $5,000 fines to business that require patrons or customers to show proof of a COVID-19 vaccination. Attorney’s advice for Florida businesses: ‘Don’t test the statute’ on vaccine passports (news4jax.com)

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Questions to Help You Build a Trademark Application Strategy

Thinking about filing a trademark application for your business’s logo or name? Do you have a strategy for success? Or is your plan to slap together an application and pray for success?  If you want to be successful in obtaining a trademark registration, it usually takes some careful thinking to develop a good strategy.   Consider some of these factors prior to completing a trademark application: What is the basis for the trademark application? In other […]

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Can Physical Examination and Attestation Be Delegated to Others for Remote Hires?

This is the sixth post in a series celebrating the publication of my new book: I-9 Verification Employment eGuide for HR professionals. This book is a free guide that covers everything busy HR pros need to know to avoid common issues throughout the I-9 verification process. These blog posts detail the first chapter of the book, “Top 10 Questions from Employers About I-9s.” So far, I have covered: 6 of the Top I-9 Mistakes That […]

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