Prophylactic Steps to Avoid an .XXX Domain Hijacking

Top level domains (“TLD”), such as .com, .net and .org are about to have another bedfellow – the .xxx domain name extension.  These .xxx domains are intended to be utilized solely for hosting adult oriented websites.  But, this new TLD has a lot of entities worried about having their company name, or brands, being linked to .xxx domains secured by unrelated parties.  Recognizing this concern, the ICM Registry (the entity administering the TLD launch) has established a “sunrise” period that permits trademark owners and other business entities not in the adult entertainment industry, a period to claim certain .xxx names before they are open to the public. Accordingly, owners of federal trademarks or service marks (not in the adult entertainment industry) may file an application (between September 7th and October 28th) to block an .xxx domain registration utilizing their mark.  If the application is approved, third parties trying to hijack the mark for .xxx purposes will be blocked.  This application period is referred to by ICM Registry as the “Sunrise B” period. Unregistered trademark owners can also take steps to … Continue reading

NLRB Requires Posting of NLRA Rights

Nearly all employers are covered under the provisions of the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”).  Under the NLRA, most private-sector employees are extended the right to organize and bargain with their employer collectively.  The law is administered and enforced principally by the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”). On August 30, 2011, a rule was published in the Federal Register requiring employers covered under the NLRA to post a notice in the workplace explaining employees’ rights under the NLRA.   In general, the notice informs employees of their unionizing rights, provides examples of unlawful union and employer conduct, and instructs employees to contact the NLRB with questions and complaints. The NLRB rule requires that the notice be posted by November 14, 2011.  Copies of the notice will be available on the NLRB’s website by October 1st.  In addition to the physical posting, the rule requires every covered employer to post the notice on an internet or intranet site if personnel rules and policies are customarily posted there.   Translated versions must be posted where at least 20% of the workforce is not proficient … Continue reading