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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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Yes, There Really Is a Trademark Battle over “Kentucky” Going On

You probably intuitively know that state names are closely intertwined with the universities and athletic teams that reside within them. It is also understandable that the state itself (the government) might want to use the state name for branding efforts. Because of this, one might assume that the overlap of marks is a given — and that both parties would approach it with generosity. Yet it seems that the University of Kentucky has taken a […]

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