John Connelly

John Connelly

Blank Rome LLP

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The State Department’s Revised Visa Bulletin Opens Temporary Window for Those Applying for Green Cards

Action Item: The U.S. Department of State (“DOS”), in coordination with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), has announced that it has revised “the procedures for determining visa availability for applicants...more

9/24/2015 - Barack Obama Employment Authorization Documents (EAD) Executive Orders Foreign Nationals Immigration and Nationality Act Popular US Department of State USCIS Visa Bulletins Visas

U.S. State Department Consular System Technical Issues Cause Visa Issuance Delays

Action Item: Employers who have foreign national workers with pending visa applications at U.S. consulates, or are travelling to apply for visas, will likely see delays in the workers’ return because of technical problems...more

6/17/2015 - Databases Delays Foreign Nationals US Department of State Visas

Federal Contractors are Reminded that the OFCCP's Updated Regulations Regarding Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities are Now...

Last year, we alerted clients to the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs’ (“OFCCP”) new rules (click here to view the alert) impacting how contractors meet their affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations...more

12/23/2014 - Disability Disability Discrimination Employer Liability Issues Federal Contractors Hiring & Firing OFCCP Veterans

The United States and Cuba to Restore Diplomatic Relations

On December 17, 2014, President Barack Obama announced that the United States will resume diplomatic relations with Cuba after more than 50 years. In addition to relaxing certain economic restrictions, the President announced...more

12/19/2014 - Barack Obama Cuba Embargo Foreign Relations Sanctions

The U.S. and China Agree to Extend Visas for Short-Term Business Travelers, Tourists, and Students

On November 12, 2014, the United States and the People's Republic of China started to reciprocally increase the validity of short-term business and tourist visas, as well as student and exchange visas issued to each other's...more

12/2/2014 - China Reciprocity Rules Visas

More than Amnesty – How Obama’s Executive Action Will Impact Your Business and Foreign Workers

On November 20, 2014, President Obama unveiled a broad executive action overhauling our immigration system. While the rest of the world will continue debating aspects of the law related to border security and temporary relief...more

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

Unanimous Supreme Court Strikes Down Obama's NLRB Appointments

The United States Supreme Court recently issued a much anticipated decision in NLRB v. Noel Canning, holding that President Obama’s three appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) during the Senate’s pro...more

7/2/2014 - Barack Obama Canning v NLRB NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

California Supreme Court Allows Arbitration Agreements With Class Waivers

On Monday, June 23, 2014, the California Supreme Court held in Iskanian v. CLS Transportation of Los Angeles, LLC that a state’s refusal to enforce an arbitration agreement that waives the right to class proceedings on public...more

6/25/2014 - Arbitration Arbitration Agreements AT&T Mobility v Concepcion Class Action Class Action Arbitration Waivers Federal Arbitration Act Iskanian SCOTUS Trucking Industry

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