Anton Mertens

Anton Mertens

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Construction E-Note - June 27, 2014

In This Issue: - Mississippi Legislature Expands State’s Lien Law to Protect Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Materialmen - The Alabama Supreme Court Broadens the Definition of “Occurrence” in a General...more

6/30/2014 - Commercial General Liability Policies Contractors Employer Liability Issues Federal Contractors HIPAA Immigration Enforcement Liens Material Suppliers Mechanics Lien Non-Compete Agreements Occurrence Subcontractors Suppliers

Labor & Employment E-Note - June 12, 2014

In This Issue: - Unions Battle with Employers Over Covering ACA Costs - More Types of Companies Requiring Workers to Sign Non-Competes - Employers Cut Back on Benefits, Push Health Costs onto Workers - High...more

6/13/2014 - Affordable Care Act Benefit Plan Sponsors Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues Employer Mandates Healthcare Healthcare Costs Hiring & Firing Immigrants Non-Compete Agreements Unions Visas

Federal Government Expands Enforcement of Immigration Laws through Site Inspections and Employee Interviews

USCIS’s Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) Directorate is expected to begin full-scale implementation of an L-1 site inspection program in the near future. FDNS conducts unannounced administrative site visits...more

6/12/2014 - Compliance FDNS Immigrants Inspections Interviews L-1 Popular USCIS Visas

Labor & Employment E- Note - March 21, 2014

In This Issue: - High Court Mulls if Amazon Must Pay for Worker Security Checks - Silicon Valley Class-Action Accuses Executives of Hiring Collusion - EEOC Issues New Guidelines for Religious Bias as Complaints...more

3/26/2014 - Amazon Class Action Confessions Conspiracies EEOC Investigations Pensions Religion Religious Discrimination Safety Precautions Unions Workplace Hazards

Immigration Compliance In An Era Of Worksite Enforcement

In This Presentation: - A Look Back at 2013 - Where Do We Go From Here? - What Is This H-1B Cap Stuff? - Why Immigration Reform Is Not Imminent - What About Form I-9 And E-Verify? - Enforcement On The...more

3/6/2014 - Compliance E-Verify Enforcement H-1B I-9 ICE Immigrants USCIS

Labor & Employment E-Note - November 14, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Takes on Union Strategy to Push Neutrality Agreements - Justices Consider Pay for Union Workers to Don Safety Gear - Appeals Court Rules for Employers Over Birth Control Coverage -...more

11/18/2013 - Birth Control Pill Carryover Basis Contraceptive Coverage Mandate Employer No-Weapons Policies Flexible Spending Accounts Gun Laws H-1B Healthcare Minimum Wage Outsourcing Safety Precautions Unions Visas Wage and Hour

Settlement Of HB 56 Lawsuit Means Permanent Injunction Against Some Provisions Of Alabama’s Immigration Law

On October 29, 2013, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) published a settlement agreement reached with the State of Alabama to end its challenge of HB 56, Alabama’s immigration law in exchange for a court order permanently...more

11/1/2013 - ACLU Contract Formation Independent Contractors Permanent Injunctions Public Schools Registration Residential Leases Undocumented Immigrants

Labor & Employment E-Note - October 10, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Takes on Number of Workplace Dispute Cases - Government Shutdown Creates Delays at Labor Department, NLRB - E-Verify Suspension Leaves Employers Concerned Over Hiring - Judge Again...more

10/14/2013 - Affordable Care Act CFPB COBRA DOL E-Verify EEOC Government Shutdown Health Insurance Exchanges NLRB Transgender Unions

Construction E-Note - October 2, 2013

In This Issue: - Burr Appellate Victory Featured in Constructor Magazine - Fifth Circuit Expected to Soon Rule on Constitutionality of Mississippi’s Stop Notice Statute - No Choice in the Matter - Government...more

10/3/2013 - Choice-of-Law Construction Accidents Construction Contracts Construction Liens Government Shutdown Subcontractors

Government Shutdown

Here is some preliminary information about what to expect while the government shutdown is in effect: E-VERIFY - The E-Verify system is not accepting cases and will cease processing pending cases for the...more

10/2/2013 - Customs and Border Protection Department of State DOJ DOL E-Verify EEOC Government Shutdown HHS I-9 Immigrants Social Security Adminstration USCIS

Labor & Employment E-Note - September 12, 2013

In This Issue: - A.F.L.- C.I.O. Seeks to Lure Nonunion Workers to Boost Ranks - Appeals Court Affirms Unions Can Organize Smaller Units - IRS to Begin Classifying Automatic Gratuities as Taxable Wages - More...more

9/13/2013 - AFL-CIO Bonuses Classification H-1B Healthcare IRS Pay-for-Performance Retirement Tips Unions Visas Wages

How Immigration Reform Can Attract Increased Tourism Revenue

The U.S. immigration system often is not conducive to short visits for tourism, making the U.S. a less than attractive vacation destination for international travelers. The State Department, which administers the processes...more

9/12/2013 - Customs and Border Protection Fraud Immigration Reform JOLT Act Tourists Visas

Labor & Employment E-Note - August 15, 2013

In This Issue: - NLRB Rulings in Limbo as High Court Reviews Recess Appointments - New Labor Board Members Likely to Help Employers with Disputes - NLRB Says Social Media Restrictions Could Violate Labor Law -...more

8/16/2013 - American Medical Association Attorney Generals Criminal Background Checks Employee Benefits Employee Rights Employer Liability Issues Executive Compensation Immigrants NLRB Obesity Path To Citizenship Recess Appointments SCOTUS Social Media Policy

What Comprehensive Immigration Reform May Mean To Your Business

Comprehensive Immigration Reform is a hot topic in Congress and in the news media. While the debate continues to rage over issues pertaining to legal status for undocumented immigrants currently in the U.S., don’t lose sight...more

8/14/2013 - Compliance E-Verify I-9 Immigration Reform New Legislation Proposed Legislation Visas

Labor & Employment E-Note - July 11, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Makes it Harder for Workers to Sue in Bias Cases - High Court to Decide on Obama's NLRB Recess Appointments - Criminal Background Checks May Violate Civil Rights Act, EEOC Says -...more

8/8/2013 - Affordable Care Act Bias Canning v NLRB Civil Rights Act Criminal Background Checks DOMA EEOC Employee Benefits Employer Liability Issues Independent Contractors NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS Sick Leave Trucking Industry US v Windsor Wage and Hour

Health Care E-Note - June 19,2013

In This Issue: - FTC Hospital Merger Investigation Highlights Cost of Health Care - Survey Finds Doctors Warming to Health Information Exchanges - Health Insurance Markets Seeing More Competition from New...more

6/21/2013 - Affordable Care Act BP Class Action Electronic Medical Records Fraud FTC Gulf Oil Spill Health Insurance Exchanges Healthcare Healthcare Professionals HIPAA Hospice Hospitals Medicare OIG Sunshine Act

Labor & Employment E-Note - April 11, 2013

In This Issue: - States Move to Ban Firms from Seeking Social Media Passwords - Court Overturns NLRB Decision in Collective Bargaining Case - More Unpaid Interns Filing Lawsuits to Receive Compensation - Complaints...more

4/15/2013

Burr Alert: H-1B Visas For Foreign Professionals Are No Longer Available For FY 2014

Employers seeking to hire foreign professionals may be out of luck this year. On April 5, 2013, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that the statutory cap on H-1B petitions for FY 2014 has...more

4/10/2013

Construction E-Note - March 28, 2013

In This Issue: - The Emperor’s New Economic Loss Rule - The Architect's Role in the Construction Project - USCIS Introduces New Form I-9 - Considering Construction Delivery Methods on Public Works - The...more

3/29/2013 - Architects Economic Loss Doctrine Fiscal Cliff I-9 Public Projects

USCIS Introduces New Form I-9

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on March 7, 2013, that it is releasing a revised Form I-9 effective March 8, 2013. The form, which must be used to verify the work authorization of all...more

3/11/2013 - Eligibility Hiring & Firing I-9 USCIS

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