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The Importance of Federal Registration

Business owners and individuals should be concerned with protecting their brand identity, which means taking active steps to protect their trademark. The best avenue of protection is Federal Registration of the business or individual’s trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The right to use a trademark does not come from Federal Registration, instead, the first business or individual to use a distinctive trademark in commerce has the […]

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Intellectual Property: The Most Overlooked Asset of a Company

When evaluating the worth of a company, it is important to recognize the value of all assets and liabilities in determining the company’s value.  However, most overlooked are the intangibles – that is, assets that do not have a physical shape, but nonetheless contribute to the earning power of the company.  The true value of a company is its ability to generate earnings and earnings are a function of the […]

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July’s 50 a Month Donation

CMDA is honored and appreciative for the trust our clients have placed in our Firm since 1965.  As a way to give back to the community as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, every month throughout 2015 the Firm will be donating 50 items (or more) to a local charity. In July, we are collecting food and supplies for PBJ Outreach, Inc., which is a non-profit organization focused on feeding and clothing the […]

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Gov. Snyder Signs Law to Bar Municipal Wage, Employment Rules

On June 30, 2015, Governor Rick Snyder signed HB 4052 into law which stops local governments from adopting, administering or enforcing future ordinances or policies that require local businesses to pay wages, fringe benefits or leave time that exceed State or Federal requirements. The bill will take effect on September 28, 2015. Currently, Michigan’s minimum wage is $8.15 per hour which will rise to $8.50 per hour on January 1, […]

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50th Anniversary Client Appreciation Event

Thank you to clients and friends for attending CMDA’s 50th Anniversary Client Appreciation Event on Thursday, June 25 at the VisTaTech Center at Schoolcraft College.  We enjoyed catching up with clients, reminiscing with former employees, and showing our appreciation to each and every client who has put their trust in us over the past 50 years.

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CMDA’s 50th Anniversary Featured in Local Newspaper

Check it out!  An article on CMDA’s 50th anniversary is featured in the May 28, 2015 edition of the Livonia Observer.

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Acho Featured in Chaldean News

Jim Acho was featured in the May 1, 2015 Chaldean News.  Although Acho did not become the new Executive Director of the NFL Player’s Association (NFLPA), a lot of the ideas he presented during his run resonated with the union’s executive committee and the ideas will be discussed this summer.

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May’s “50 a Month Donation” Recipient

CMDA is honored and appreciative for the trust our clients have placed in our Firm since 1965.  As a way to give back to the community as we celebrate our 50th anniversary, every month throughout 2015 the Firm will be donating 50 items (or more) to a local charity. In May, we are collecting art supplies for the Alternative for Girls: Rise N’ Shine summer camp.  Alternative for Girls provides a fun, […]

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Happy Administrative Professionals Day

Happy Administrative Professionals Day to all the dedicated, hardworking, efficient and dependable office managers, administrative assistants and receptionists. Thank you for all that you do!  

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Telecommuting May Not be a Reasonable Accommodation Under the ADA if On-Site Attendance is an Essential Function of the Position

On April 10, 2015, a full panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals (covering Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee) decided in an unpublished decision that a former Ford employee, Jane Harris, was not a qualified individual with a disability because her excessive absences prevented her from performing the essential functions of a resale buyer. The Court further held that Harris’ telecommuting proposal was not reasonable because it removed an […]

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