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Archive: December 2015

“Disparaging” trademark seekers, rejoice.

  Simon Tam chose the name, “The Slants,” for his Asian-American rock-band to make a statement about racial and cultural issues in this country. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office rejected Tam’s application to federally register the trademark, “The Slants,” finding it “disparaging.” Tam appealed and won. The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit says […]

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How do probationary periods of employment affect Unemployment Insurance?

If I terminate an employee after a 90 day probationary period, do I still have to pay Unemployment Insurance? Most likely, yes. But, not immediately. And, possibly not ever. Contrary to popular belief, a probationary status has no bearing on whether an employer has to pay. Whether an employer plans on having its employee work […]

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