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Kerrick Bachert Hosts CLE Feature at KY Bar Convention

Kerrick Bachert law firm had the honor of sponsoring the CLE feature: Waiting to be Heard which included Amanda Knox and Professor Gregory Gordon at the Annual Kentucky Bar Convention in Owensboro, Kentucky on June 23rd. Amanda Knox was studying abroad in Italy when she was convicted for the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kercher. Her conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court of Italy in 2015. Since then Knox has been working to spread awareness of wrongful convictions. Professor Gregory Gordon is the Associate Dean and Director for the research program at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Facility of Law. Professor Gordon has been featured on many news shows as an expert on war crimes prosecution after his experience at the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division Office of Special Investigations- where he investigated and prosecuted Nazi war criminals and modern human rights violations. Professor Gordon discussed the difference between the judicial systems in America and Italy. It was a privilege for Kerrick Bachert to host Knox and Professor Gordon at the Annual Kentucky Bar Convention.

Western Kentucky Research Foundation Opportunities

Kerrick Bachert is dedicated to advancing the education of generations to come. Attorney Laura Hagan is currently serving as the Vice Chair for the Board of Western Kentucky University Research Foundation whose goal is to support the education and research missions of Western Kentucky University. Just recently, the Research Foundation board had the honor of hosting President Cabboni at their meeting. If you are interested in learning more about the applied research opportunities at Western Kentucky University, sign up for the Western Kentucky Research Foundation newsletter at https://wkurf.org/email-newsletter/

Attorney Laura Hagan Presents to GRREC

Attorney Laura Hagan presented to administrators and educators from the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative (GRREC) on the subject of teaching and working within the parameters of Copyright Law this past week. Hagan is one of the few attorneys in this area that is licensed to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Her practice focuses on assisting clients with any copyright, patent, or trademark matters. If you have any questions regarding your intellectual property needs, please feel free to contact Laura Hagan at Kerrick Bachert, PSC at 270-782-8160.

Shawn Alcott Hosts Student in Career Shadow Program

Attorney Shawn Alcott recently hosted a student as part of the local Warren County 4-H Career Shadow program. Shawn along with other professionals in the Bowling Green community matched 121 students for a one day career shadowing experience. Shawn hosted a fifth grade student from Briarwood Elementary. The student was able to experience a day in the life of an attorney. Shawn and the student spent the day watching an evidentiary hearing in Magistrate Judge Brent Brennenstuhl’s court room followed by watching part of the criminal docket in the Warrren County Circuit Court.Shawn Rosso Alcott

Kerrick Bachert Supports Newspapers in Education

On Wednesday, Attorneys Ashley Gerughty and Ena Demir visited Ms. Lori Martin’s 5th/6th  grade class at Warren Elementary.  Ena and Ashley spent time visiting students and speaking to the class about their careers and their personal journeys through school to meet their career goals.

Newspapers in Education, through its sponsors, provides newspapers to classrooms for researching, grammar and reading activities as well as helping the class keep up to date with current events in the world.

Kerrick Bachert would like to wish Ms. Martin’s 5th/6th grade class good luck with all their goals and ambitions.

Identifying and Protecting Your Company’s Intellectual Assets

Presented by Laura M. Hagan

When:  Thursday, April 13, 2017 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Where:  WKU Small Business Accelerator

Register Here:  Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

Intellectual property can be a valuable asset for your company, and can include patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, which serve to protect the company’s ideas, products, technology and marketing materials.  There are many factors to consider when making the decision about whether to seek intellectual property protection and how to secure the rights to any intellectual property.  In order to make these decisions, it is important that the company understand the various types of intellectual property and the methods of protection available.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Trademarks – What is a trademark and what types of protection are available.
  2. Copyrights  – What items are covered by copyright protection and what steps should be taken to ensure your rights can be enforced against potential infringers.
  3. Patent –Identifying the types of patent protection available and the associated costs.
  4. Trade Secret – When can a company asset be protected by a trade secret.

Kerrick Bachert Members Participate in 2017 Family Enrichment Center Run & Walk for Children

On Saturday, March 25th, seven KB members participated in the Family Enrichment Center Run & Walk for Children at Ephram White Park in Bowling Green.  Those who participated were Ena Demir (FEC Board Member), Laura Hagan, Erica Smith, Bonnie Spencer, Laura Cardwell, Maryellen Self, Kyle Bumgarner and Tom Hulsey. Laura, Kyle and Erica participated in the 5K Run while the others participated in the 5K Walk.

Laura Hagan placed first in the Grand Master age group and Erica Smith placed first in the 10-14 age group.  Congratulations Laura and Erica!

The weather on Saturday was great for outdoor fun and a good time was had by all the KB gang!

The Family Enrichment Center is a non-profit organization in Bowling Green that provides services to “empower families and prevent child abuse by providing education, social support, crisis intervention, and a safe environment for children and their families,” in the Barren River Region.

Scott Bachert Turns 60!

Happy Birthday Scott!

USCIS Revises Form I-9, Used for All New Hires in U.S.

Changes are designed to reduce errors and enhance form completion using a computer

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on November 16, 2016 published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016. Until then, they can continue to use the version dated 03/08/2013 or the new version.

Among the changes in the new version, Section 1 asks for “other last names used” rather than “other names used,” and streamlines certification for certain foreign nationals.

Other changes include:

  • The addition of prompts to ensure information is entered correctly.
  • The ability to enter multiple preparers and translators.
  • A dedicated area for including additional information rather than having to add it in the margins.
  • A supplemental page for the preparer/translator.

The instructions have been separated from the form, in line with other USCIS forms, and include specific instructions for completing each field.

The revised Form I-9 is also easier to complete on a computer. Enhancements include drop-down lists and calendars for filling in dates, on-screen instructions for each field, easy access to the full instructions, and an option to clear the form and start over. When the employer prints the completed form, a quick response (QR) code is automatically generated, which can be read by most QR readers.

Form I-9 requirements were established in November 1986 when Congress passed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA). IRCA prohibits employers from hiring people, including U.S. citizens, for employment in the United States without verifying their identity and employment authorization on Form I-9.

For more information about USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov.

KENTUCKY LEGISLATURE’S FIRST WEEK OF THE 2017 SESSION RESULTS IN PASSAGE OF SEVERAL SIGNIFICANT NEW LAWS

The Kentucky Legislature has completed its first week in session, and in that short time has passed a number of bills covering hot-topic issues that were tabbed as Republican priorities.   These bills, which will soon be the law in the Commonwealth, mark a significant change in collective bargaining rights for unions, as well as the wages owed to workers on public projects.   They, too, have taken aim a woman’s right to choice, indicating a shift in the Commonwealth towards protecting the unborn fetus.

Along with other new legislation, all described below, the 2017 Kentucky Legislature has demonstrated in short order that it intends to make significant changes to the law of the Commonwealth.   Among those, the attorneys at Kerrick Bachert PSC expect tort reform, including medical review panels and caps on certain categories of damages, to be at the top of the legislative agenda.

With all of these changes, questions remain about whether the new legislation can pass constitutional muster, and, more practically, what these changes mean to your business and to you personally.   The attorneys at Kerrick Bachert PSC will continue to track new bills, and are available to discuss with you the rapidly changing legal landscape across the Bluegrass.

House Bill 1, right to work, prohibits the requirement that a worker be required to join a union, or pay dues, as a condition of employment, even if collectively bargained.

HB 3 repeals the prevailing wage law on public projects.   This means that state officials will no longer set the wages for construction workers on publically financed projects based on a survey of the community.

Senate Bill 6 prohibits employers from deducting union dues from paychecks without an employee’s written permission.

HB 2 requires a woman to have an ultrasound prior to having an abortion. The medical professionals will be required to show the woman the ultrasound image and let the woman hear the fetal heartbeat, although the woman may decline.

SB 5 prohibits an abortion after 20 weeks except if necessary to save the woman’s life or prevent substantial harm to any major bodily function. No exceptions were made for cases of rape or incest.

SB 12, which was introduced as a dog ownership law which, in committee through amendment, created a new Board of Trustees for the University of Louisville appointed by the governor and subject to confirmation by the Senate.

SB 3 makes pension paid to state legislator subject to the Open Records Act.

Each of these bills will probably already be signed into law by the Governor by the time this is posted.

The Legislature has now gone into recess until February 7, at which time it will reconvene to consider the remaining pending bills. There are a number of proposed bills which will have an impact upon, or be of interest to our clients. Summaries of those bills will be posted in the coming days.

Scott Bachert has received an AV Peer Review Ratings™ from Martindale Hubbell® and has been recognized for his work in creditors-debtors rights by Super Lawyers.

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