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Looking at the breakdown of native and immigrant workers

Immigrants play a very important role in America's workforce, filling tens of thousands of jobs. Throughout U.S. history, they have always had a big impact on the economy, and that continues to be true today.

So, let's take a look at the breakdown of native workers and various immigrant workers:

  • Undocumented immigrant workers: 5%
  • Authorized immigrant workers: 12.1%
  • Native-born American workers: 82.9%

Innovation can never stop

The key to business success, at least prolonged success, is innovation. It can never stop. No matter how good a company's first or most popular product is, they have to keep striving to come up with new ideas that change the market yet again.

It's a tall order. But it's the best way to keep consumers engaged. It creates demand for your products. If all your company does is sell one item that has been the same forever, there's no reason for consumers to buy more. The demand tops out and sales decrease.

After inviting ICE, immigration activist arrested

When he was just 15 years old and still a child, a man came to the United States from Guatemala. That was 25 years ago. He's now 40 years old, and he has recently been arrested over his immigration status. He attempted to post bail and was denied.

There are a few interesting things about this case, starting with the fact that it took 25 years to arrest him and that he was a child when entered the United States. On top of that, he has become something of an activist over the years. He recently held a meeting to try to get both sides to open up communication with each other, and he invited ICE agents to the meeting.

Can you deny employees immediate vacation time?

You hire a new employee. However, it seems like it may not be a good fit after all when they come into your office during their first week on the job and ask to take some vacation time. You point out that your vacation plan tells them specifically that they cannot earn any paid time off for the initial six months with the company.

The employee is frustrated and tells you that you can't deny them vacation time. Is this true?

The importance of a company handbook

There are many things to consider when starting a new company. What type of company to form, how your company will beat competitors, what type of culture you want for your company, the list goes on. One very important piece of information your company needs is a handbook.

The company handbook holds protocol, business regulations and company standards. Especially with the #metoo movement and the increase in discrimination claims, companies need to be aware of issues that could arise and have guidelines in place for handling them.

Immigrants begin suing over detainment conditions

There has been a lot of talk about immigration detainment and the conditions of that detainment over the last few years, and one of the most recent developments is that some of those who are being held have decided to sue. They claim that the conditions are harsh and inhumane, violating their rights.

According to recent reports, the issues stem from detainment centers in both California and Colorado. Some of the complaints made by the immigrants include:

  • Saying that the authorities punish them by putting them into isolation.
  • Claiming that they do not get the recommended surgeries and medical treatment options that they need.
  • Saying that the government has failed to accommodate those with disabilities properly. For instance, one man said that he has to use American Sign Language because he is deaf, but no one gave him an interpreter; others claim that they need wheelchairs and have been denied when they requested them.

Cultural differences and international business

If you have a successful domestic company and you're thinking about branching out into international business, one thing that you want to keep in mind is that you could run into some significant cultural differences. It does depend on what industry you work in and what country or countries you plan to focus on specifically, but you're probably going to find numerous differences with almost any overseas expansion.

When this happens, experts warn that you must be patient and understanding. Don't attempt to force your point of view on clients, business partners and even your workforce. You need to understand the differences and adapt to them. Doing anything else may set you up to fail.

Why your branding matters

At the heart of many intellectual property disputes is this issue: The infringement really damages the company's brand. It may do this by offering an inferior product, for instance, or by tricking people into buying a product that the company doesn't make. That either makes the brand appear worse to the public, or it steals sales directly from the company. Either way, the brand is impacted.

But what is a brand, and why does it matter? A few ways experts describe your brand include:

  • Your brand is your story
  • Your brand is the way you communicate your mission and identity to your customers
  • Your brand is your voice
  • Your brand sets you apart from the competition
  • Your brand tells people about your values
  • Your brand shows people the character behind your services or your products
  • Your brand helps people connect with your company in a deeper way

USPTO to foreign trademark applicants: Heed this message

If you’re a foreign trademark applicant (say, a Chinese company seeking to register and protect a mark in the U.S. market), you’re either getting up to speed on relevant laws and processes or already know something about the status quo.

Forget everything you’ve learned.

Where do undocumented immigrants live?

You have probably heard plenty about undocumented immigrants on the news. Every time you see a new story, you may find yourself wondering about the logistics of being undocumented in the United States. Where do they live? Where do they work? How do they do any of this without the proper paperwork?

While every story is different, reports have shown that the most common industries where you will find undocumented immigrants are manufacturing, construction and agriculture. There are many jobs available, immigrants are often able to get them even without citizenship, and these jobs often require skills that the immigrants already have.

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