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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.

We're all immigrants

Have you ever heard someone say that the United States is a country of immigrants? It may sound like a simple cliche, something you'd learn in school when studying American history. In reality, though, it's just a fact. The current United States was founded on immigration, and almost every single person living here is either an immigrant or the descendant of an immigrant.

Today, we often think of immigration as something that applies to those from Asia or Latin America. However, it's important to realize that those are just areas where a lot of modern immigration comes from. Over the years, you can find immigration trends that impact very different parts of the globe.

Tips for dealing with false workplace accusations

Has an employee made false accusations at your company? Maybe they claimed that it was a toxic workplace. Maybe they said that you discriminated against them. Maybe they claimed that the workplace was unsafe, they made a report and you retaliated against them.

No matter what, that's definitely not what happened. You feel like they're just attacking the company and/or you personally, and they're using these false accusations to do it. Now what?

What are some helpful tips for immigrants?

Immigration can be complicated, stressful, exciting and confusing. You'll likely run through all sorts of emotions and you'll have to take legal steps you've never even considered before. Your life is changing forever, and that's not something that happens overnight.

To limit your own stress and confusion, here are a few tips that can help you during this process:

  • Try to get started as soon as it is legally possible to do so. Never put it off. Take a proactive approach.
  • Understand that delays happen. Accept that this is just part of the process and prepare yourself mentally for these delays.
  • When using family member petitions, remember that you may not just have one family member who can petition on your behalf. If you have more than one, you can and should file multiple times.
  • Never show up late to an appointment or miss the appointment entirely. Rescheduling is often difficult, and this does not help your case. Get there on time, every time.
  • Never violate the laws or regulations, even in seemingly minor ways. Any violation can derail the process and make it impossible to immigrate.
  • Don't rely on friends and family members for information. Remember that every case is different. Just because things went a certain way for someone else does not mean they will go that way for you.
  • Keep copies of all documentation. Make sure it is in a safe place, and do not lose it or misplace it.

Proactive, proven legal counsel for CA employment law matters

The daily concerns that preoccupy executives and managers are many and distinct. That is especially true in California, where regulatory rules and processes are noted across the country for being particularly rigorous and exacting.

We stress the obvious at the established and diverse business law firm of WHGC in Newport Beach. We underscore on our website that, “We know how hard it is to build a business.” The challenges can be especially daunting (and, concededly, the rewards outsized) for the types of businesses we typically serve with knowledge and passion at WHGC. The operations of many of our valued clients are centrally marked by a strong international dimension.

Hospitality workers among most vulnerable to sexual harassment

Working face-to-face with the public is hard work. You must work every day with a happy face to provide the best service to your customers even when you don’t feel like it. As a hospitality industry worker, your ability to make people like you can affect things like your tips. Working in a bar, restaurant or hotel is rewarding for many people.

Unfortunately, few industries are more susceptible to instances of sexual harassment than the hospitality industry. A 2018 nationwide study revealed that 89 percent of hospitality workers had experienced at least one sexual harassment incident in their career. Picture 10 of your coworkers and think that 9-in-10 will or have experienced sexual harassment on the job. That’s unacceptable.

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