Luis Avila

Luis Avila

Varnum LLP

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NLRB Issues New Report on Employment Handbook Violations: Do you need a Handbook Review?

On March 18, 2015, the Office of the General Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, Richard F. Griffin Jr., released the much-anticipated report of cases raising significant legal or policy issues arising in the...more

3/25/2015 - Employee Handbooks New Guidance NLRA NLRB

Adding Talent to Your Startup - Common Pitfalls to Avoid

If you are a young startup, then you probably have more work than you do time to perform the work. That means you are probably starting to think about bringing in additional talent to help you. ...more

2/2/2015 - Classification Corporate Counsel Employee Definition Entrepreneurs Hiring & Firing Independent Contractors Misclassification Startups

NLRB Adopts New “Quickie Election” Rule

On December 12, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (the "Board") adopted a final rule amending its representation case procedures—the so called "quickie election" rule. The rule will be published in the Federal Register...more

12/15/2014 - Final Rules NLRB Union Elections Unions

Supreme Court Issues Opinion in Controversial NLRB v. Noel Canning Case

On June 26, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in NLRB v. Noel Canning, the controversial case dealing with the President's ability to make appointments while the Senate is in "recess."...more

6/30/2014 - Barack Obama Canning v NLRB NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

Having Weighed In On Employers’ Social Media Policies, NLRB Rules On Employee Handbooks

The National Labor Relations Board has recently garnered national attention for its crackdown on social media policies. However, over the last few years, the Board has quietly heightened its scrutiny of company handbook...more

2/12/2014 - Employee Handbooks NLRB Social Media Social Media Policy

Former NLRB Board Member Offers Opinion On Noel Canning

As a follow-up to our previous blog, this past Monday, January 13, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in NLRB v. Noel Canning, the controversial case dealing with the President's ability to make appointments...more

1/21/2014 - Canning v NLRB NLRB SCOTUS

Noel Canning Implications Of Mandatory Bargaining Of Discretionary Discipline

In January, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on NLRB v. Noel Canning. Over 700 cases could potentially be impacted with the Court's decision. Though Noel Canning deals with somewhat esoteric questions—whether the...more

12/5/2013 - Canning v NLRB Collective Bargaining Discipline NLRB Recess Appointments SCOTUS

FMLA: Telecommuters, Offsite Employees And The Modern Workplace

As organizations across the United States continually redesign the concept of "the office," employers are required to adhere to employment laws that are not well-equipped to deal with the modern workplace. The Family Medical...more

11/20/2013 - Compliance Employee Rights FMLA Telecommuting

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

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

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

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

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