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Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 Gives Trademark Owners More Tools to Protect, Enforce Rights, by Grable Martin Fulton’s Wei Wei Jeang. The new bipartisan bill signed into law on December 27, 2020 made a number of sweeping changes to U.S. trademark law. Patent attorney Wei Wei Jeang has the details on how it protects trademark owners.

The White Collar Defense Report® | December 2020 News Roundup, by The Law offices of Dan C. Guthrie, Jr.’s Dan C. Guthrie, Jr. The White Collar Defense Report® is a monthly news roundup that provides updates on cases, policy developments and trends in the white collar area, including federal criminal matters as well as civil cases such as qui tam cases and SEC enforcement actions. This month’s report, by white collar defense attorney Dan. C. Guthrie, Jr., kicks off with an overview of PPP loan fraud prosecutions.

Yes, Your Employer May Be Able to Require You to Get a COVID-19 Vaccine … But It Depends, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. As vaccines for COVID-19 begin rolling out across the country, many employees may be asking whether their employers can mandate vaccinations in order to return to work. Employee advocate Jennifer Spencer helps clarify common concerns about mandatory vaccinations in this blog post.

The Importance of Power of Attorney in the Age of COVID-19, by Brousseau Naftis & Massingill’s Elayna Naftis Erick. While there are many estate planning documents to consider, family law attorney Elayna Naftis Erick focuses on Powers of Attorney in this article – because, she writes, “there is probably no better time to plan for the unexpected.” Learn more about what a Power of Attorney is, and how it can help prepare individuals and families for temporary or permanent incapacity.

CDC & OSHA Guidelines for Returning to Work, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. Whether you are returning to work or have been working since the beginning of the pandemic, you probably have questions about safety. It is important that your employer take precautions to ensure the safety of all employees, as well as customers, if they want to re-open a brick-and-mortar location. Jennifer Spencer provides an overview on what employers and employees need to look for as the return to the workplace.

Houstonia Magazine Selects Deirdre Carey Brown as a 2020 Top Lawyer, via Forshey Prostok. For the fifth year, Houstonia magazine has named Forshey Prostok bankruptcy attorney Deirdre Carey Brown a Houstonia Top Lawyer. To earn a spot on the annual list, Houstonia surveys Houston’s attorneys, who then cast their votes for lawyers who should receive the recognition. Congratulations, Deirdre!

Contact Tracing and Employee Privacy, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. Employees might be wondering whether contact tracing is necessary, effective, or even safe, and many people have growing concerns over the combination of technology and contact tracing, particularly whether private information may be misused. In this post, employment attorney Jennifer Spencer discusses some of the more common concerns about contact tracing and how they relate to employee rights in the workplace.

Fort Worth Magazine Names Forshey Prostok Founders to Top Attorneys List, via Forshey Prostok. Congratulations to the founding partners of bankruptcy boutique Forshey Prostok, J. Robert Forshey and Jeff Prostok, who have once again been named to the annual list of the top attorneys in Fort Worth by Fort Worth Magazine. Both attorneys were recognized for their bankruptcy expertise.

Is Your Employer Abusing Their PPP Loan?, by Jackson Spencer Law’s Jennifer Spencer. If your employer received a PPP loan, they are required to track and report how they spend the loan funds. However, some employers have been abusing these loans by purchasing luxury goods and services for themselves. In this blog post, employee rights attorney Jennifer Spencer discusses the purpose of PPP loans, and what to do if you expect loan fraud.

Fundamentals For Small Business Employers – Federal Overtime, by Rachel Luna Law’s Rachel Luna. Hiring employees is an endeavor full of pitfalls for small business owners. One issue that often causes confusion for even the savviest of business owners is whether to pay overtime compensation to employees. In this blog post, small business attorney Rachel Luna provides some background information, as well as a downloadable checklist, for business owners who want to do right by the FLSA and their employees.

Clouse Brown Welcomes John Lynch, via Clouse Brown. Executive employment firm Clouse Brown is thrilled to welcome John Lynch to the team. John’s experience includes discrimination suits, C-level executive exit negotiations, and non-compete and trade secret matters, among other employment-related issues. He is licensed to practice in all federal district and bankruptcy courts in Texas and has experience in complex commercial litigation matters.

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