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The Employment Law Authority - December 2014

In This Issue: - Justices Issue Pro-Employer Rulling in FLSA Case - Ogletree Deakins Named A "Law Firm of the Year" - California Mandates Anti-Bullying Training for Supervisors - OFCCP Issues Final...more

12/17/2014 - Amazon Bullying Discrimination Email Federal Contractors FLSA Hiring & Firing NLRB OFCCP Political Appointments Protected Concerted Activity Purple Communications Unions Workplace Bullying Workplace Violence

Texas and 17 States Sue Over the President’s Executive Action on Immigration

On Wednesday, December 3, 2014, the attorneys general and governors of 17 states filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief with the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas challenging...more

12/5/2014 - Administrative Procedure Act Barack Obama Declaratory Relief Deportation DHS Executive Orders Immigration Reform Injunctive Relief Take Care Clause Undocumented Immigrants

The Impact of the President’s Executive Action Upon U.S. Employers

On Thursday evening, November 20, 2014, President Obama announced that he was taking executive action that will primarily shield up to five million illegal immigrants from deportation. U.S. employers will benefit from...more

11/24/2014 - Barack Obama Deportation DHS Executive Orders Green Cards Highly-Skilled Workers Visa Immigration Reform PERM STEM USCIS

Strengthening Security of the Visa Waiver Program Through Enhancements to the Electronic System for Travel Authorization

On November 3, 2014, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced that the agency is instituting additional security measures for individuals seeking admission to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP)....more

11/17/2014 - Customs and Border Protection ESTA Visa Waiver Program Visas

Major Retrogression in the EB-2/India Immigrant Visa Category Expected in the Fall of 2014

The U.S. Department of State’s (DOS) Visa Bulletin sets out per country priority dates that regulate when an individual may begin the final phase of the “green card” process, either through adjustment of status or consular...more

9/16/2014 - Department of State EB-2 Immigrants India Popular Visas

USCIS Receives Around 172,500 H-1B Petitions, Completes Selection Lottery

On April 7, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) stated that it had received sufficient H-1B cap-subject petitions to reach the annual 65,000 “regular cap” limit for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS also...more

4/11/2014 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps

FY 2015 H-1B Cap Reached, Selection Lottery To Be Conducted

On April 7, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it had received sufficient H-1B cap-subject petitions to reach the annual 65,000 “regular cap” limit for fiscal year (FY) 2015. USCIS also...more

4/8/2014 - H-1B USCIS Visa Caps Visas

DOL Advises Employers On Handling Of PERM, H-2A, And H-2B Applications After Government Shutdown

On October 31, 2013, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) announced that employers with time-sensitive recruitment or prevailing wage determinations that did not timely submit PERM...more

11/5/2013 - DOL Filing Deadlines H-2B OFLC PERM Prevailing Wages Wages

FAQs on Immigration Processing During the Federal Government Shutdown

As of the evening of October 3, 2013, Congress had not yet reached an agreement to fund the federal government. As a result, some federal agencies that rely solely on government funding cannot provide services and have been...more

10/7/2013 - DOL Government Shutdown Immigrants USCIS Visas

Immigration Consequences Of A Possible Federal Government Shutdown

If the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate fail to pass a bill financing the federal government, it will likely result in a partial government shutdown on October 1, 2013. The effect of a shutdown will vary among...more

9/30/2013 - Customs and Border Protection Department of State DOL Government Shutdown USCIS

Automated Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record to be Introduced in April 2013

On March 27, 2013, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) published an Interim Final Rule in the Federal Register that will automate the Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, to purportedly streamline the admissions process...more

4/10/2013 - Customs and Border Protection I-94 Cards

“Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” Initiative Effective as of August 15, 2012

The initiative to defer the deportation of eligible young persons without lawful immigration status was officially implemented on August 15, 2012, when the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting...more

9/14/2012 - Deferred Action DHS Dream Act USCIS

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