Making Every Dollar Count: Should Startups and Small Businesses Register Their Trademarks?
How important is reputation in your line of work? What is it worth? Does it matter that others associate your company with consistently high-quality goods or services? That your company represents a strong value-add proposition? That your company was easy to work with and exceeded expectations? And how do customers find you? Word-of-mouth? Marketing efforts? Search-engine optimization?
A Trademark is the … Read More
JW Way Fundamental #25: Candidly discuss, then align. "Healthy, respectful discussion creates better solutions. Discuss concepts without personal attacks. Check your ego and search for the best solution rather than proving you are right. Once a decision is made, be fully aligned and completely supportive of it."
Relationships, whether they be work or personal, depend on reciprocal candid dialogue among all … Read More
JAN Speaks, and We Should Listen . . . Sorry, Marcia.
The COVID pandemic has created unprecedented change in our lives and the workplace is no exception. Employers have had to scramble to meet accommodation requests in an unsure and novel environment. One of my favorite websites, the Job Accommodation Network (JAN) has published strategies for employers to implement creative solutions to allow disabled workers to perform their essential job duties, whether in the … Read More
Virtual Depositions are as Easy as One, Two… Can You Hear Me, Now?
For cost containment - or other reasons - attorneys are trying fewer civil cases to juries. Years ago, trial attorneys would easily try dozens of cases per year. Now, it is not uncommon for a “trial attorney” to try one or two cases per year. For good or bad, the nature of civil practice has shifted and discovery, particularly depositions, has, in many ways, become the trial. Attorneys now invest hours … Read More
DOL Issues Guidance to Employers as Schools Reopen
On August 27, 2020, the Department of Labor's Wage and Hour Division released guidance relative to the re-opening of schools and paid leave. They provide some clarity around eligibility for paid leave relative to the various phases and schedules that schools have announced as they begin to reopen. It includes guidance for schools that are blending in-person instruction with distance learning. It is important to … Read More
COVID-19 Provides Employers with Continued I-9 Flexibility
COVID-19 has caused unprecedented delays in the production of certain employment authorization documents. Both the DHS and ICE have continued with their department's flexibility relative to I-9 documentation and completion.
I-765 Approval Notices
In response to such delays, the USCIS is allowing employers to accept Form I-797, Notice of Action with a date on or after December 1, 2019 through August 1, 2020 to … Read More
Is There a Business Doctor in the House? Five Business Health Check Points
People generally don't go into business because they are good at running businesses. Many people go into business because they are passionate about something and they want to share that passion with the world. Whether it's food, fashion, music, technology, or something else, business owners are good at what they do. The mundane realities of running a business, however, are often overlooked or placed on the back- … Read More
Moving to Arizona? You May Qualify for In-State Tuition at Arizona Public Universities
The Arizona Board of Regents governs Arizona's public university system, overseeing Arizona State University, Northern University of Arizona and the University of Arizona. The Board is required by law to establish uniform criterion for determining the residency status of students for tuition purposes. All three public universities employ the same procedures for determining whether students qualify for in-state and … Read More
What Arizona Teachers, Professors, and School Employees Need to Know if They Feel Unsafe Returning to In-person Class Instruction Because of COVID-19
Many employees of schools and universities are fearful about returning to work due to concerns about contracting COVID-19. There are many state and federal laws that offer protections to these employees.
There is one particular Arizona law that applies to all employees of Arizona school districts, community college districts, and universities, including teachers and professors. It has a very short ten-day statute … Read More
Will Your Vote Count? Member and Manager Voting under Arizona’s New LLC Act
Arizona's new Limited Liability Company Act (the "New Act"), which goes into effect for all Arizona LLCs on September 1, 2020, and already governs limited liability companies (each an "LLC") formed on or after September 1, 2019, sets forth default provisions regarding member and manager voting that may impact you and your LLC. This article specifically focuses on voting in manager-managed LLCs.
It is vitally … Read More