Kimberly A. Clarke

Kimberly A. Clarke

Varnum LLP

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President Obama Announces Plan for Executive Action on Immigration

Yesterday evening, President Obama announced his administration's plans to utilize executive action to reform the current immigration system. The announced plan includes the following employment-based immigration changes...more

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

Growing Michigan - Third Quarter 2014

In This Issue: - Food and Drug Administration Not Required to Ban Antibiotics Given to Food-Producing Animals - U.S. Department of Agriculture Expands Crop Insurance under 2014 Farm Bill -...more

10/8/2014 - Antibiotic Resistance Antibiotics Broadband Clean Water Act Crop Insurance EPA Farm Bill FDA Food Safety Rural Broadband Experiments USDA

Growing Michigan - Second Quarter 2014

For decades, the Environmental Protection Agency has been charged with administering the United States Clean Water Act. One question that has bedeviled farmers, business owners and individuals – as well as judges and lawyers...more

6/5/2014 - Clean Water Act DOL Employer Liability Issues EPA Farm Bill Farms FDA FSMA Ghost Workers Jurisdiction REAP USDA Waters of the United States

Employers: April 1 Start Date For 2015 H-1B Visa Applications

Employers may first apply for 2015 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on April 1, 2014 with a start date of October 1, 2014. USCIS received approximately 124,000 H-1B petitions during the first week...more

2/11/2014 - H-1B Immigrants USCIS Visas

Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Proposed EPA Water Rule Could Expand Regulatory Authority Over Streams and Wetlands - USDA Finalizes Import Regulations for "Mad Cow Disease" - Organic Farmers Effected by Farm Bill Extension...more

1/20/2014 - EPA Farm Bill Farms Food Labeling Mad Cow Disease Organic USDA Water

OSC Discourages Pre-Populating Section 1 When Using Electronic I-9 Programs

The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices ("OSC") recently issued an opinion letter discouraging the practice of pre-populating Section 1 of the Form I-9 when utilizing electronic I-9...more

8/29/2013 - Anti-Discrimination Policies I-9 Immigration and Nationality Act Immigration Reform OSC

Senate Passes Immigration Reform

The Senate passed its comprehensive immigration reform bill. ...more

7/1/2013 - I-9 Immigration Reform Proposed Legislation

Supreme Court Clears Way For Same-Sex Spouse Immigration Benefits

The Supreme Court Defense Of Marriage Act decision allows US Citizenship and Immigration Services to process immigration benefits to same-sex spouses who entered into a marriage where the marriage was legally authorized. ...more

7/1/2013 - Citizenship DOMA Equal Protection Same-Sex Marriage US v Windsor USCIS

Growing Michigan - Second Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Monsanto Wins Supreme Court Patent Case Concerning Roundup Ready Soy Beans - Farm Bill Moves Forward But Remains in Doubt - Bridge to Prosperity: New Bridge Between U.S. and Canada Approved -...more

6/20/2013 - Affordable Care Act Bowman v Monsanto Bridges Canada Farm Bill Genetically Engineered Seed Health Insurance Tax Healthcare Monsanto SCOTUS Small Business Wine & Alcohol

Battery Currents: Advanced Energy Storage - April 4, 2013

In This Issue: - Chinese Auto Parts Maker Buys A123 Systems - Return of ARRA Funds - Tax Incentives Extended for Battery Maker - Ford Increases Electric Vehicle Dealers and Pushes Sales - Michigan Lithium-Ion...more

4/9/2013

FY 2014 H-1B Visa Cap Closed And Lottery Selection Process

On April 5, 2013, USCIS closed FY 2014 H-1B filings after receipt of approximately 124,000 petitions. USCIS conducted a lottery process to determine the 20,000 U.S. Master Degree and 65,000 general category H-1Bs to be...more

4/9/2013 - H-1B Immigration Reform Lottery USCIS Visas

USCIS Correction: English Version I-9 Must Be Completed By Most Employers

The new Form I-9 is available in English and Spanish. USCIS clarified that Spanish I-9 is available for completion only by Puerto Rico employers. All employers may continue to use the Spanish form for reference, but the...more

3/14/2013 - Eligibility Hiring & Firing I-9 USCIS

New Form I-9 Effective May 7, 2013

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the revised Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification "(Rev. 03/08/13) N" will be available on USCIS's website (www.uscis.gov) on March 8, 2013. At the time of...more

3/8/2013 - Eligibility Hiring & Firing I-9 USCIS

Preparing For Seasonal Agricultural Labor

The U.S. government's expected focus on immigration and employment law enforcement in 2013 will continue to significantly impact agricultural employers. In 2012, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security...more

3/7/2013 - Agricultural Workers DOL E-Verify Migrant Workers MSAWPA Seasonal Workers

Michigan Secretary Of State To Issue Driver’s Licenses To DACA Recipients

Beginning February 19, 2013, the Michigan Department of State will begin issuing driver's licenses and state identification cards to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. The change is based on an United...more

2/5/2013 - DACA Deferred Action Driver's Licenses Secretary of State

2014 H-1B Visas

Employers may first apply for 2014 H-1B visas for individuals not currently in H-1B status on April 1, 2013 with a start date of October 1, 2013. The 2013 H-1B visa cap was reached on June 11, 2012 and this year we expect the...more

1/31/2013 - H-1B Visas

USCIS Announces Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver Process

On March 4, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting applications for a new provisional waiver process that will allow qualifying immediate relatives (spouse, children and parents) of U.S....more

1/5/2013 - Unlawful Presence Waivers USCIS Visas

Growing Michigan - Fourth Quarter 2012

In This Issue: - MISS Dig Bills Pass in Michigan Senate, Stall in House - Farm Bill Still Stalled - Ag Groups Urge Action on Estate Taxes - SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans Now Available in Michigan - Michigan...more

12/29/2012 - Disaster Loans Economic Injuries Estate Tax Farm Bill Groundwater Permits SBA Wetlands

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