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November 2014 Immigration Alert

DHS Announces Enhancements to ESTA Program - On November 3, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) announced enhanced security measures that foreign nationals (“FNs”) seeking to use the Electronic System...more

BIA Holds Form I-9 Is Admissible in Immigration Proceedings

The Form I-9 is used by employers to verify a new hire’s identity and to establish that the worker is authorized to accept employment in the United States. The Form I-9 contains a section in which the employee must attest to...more

Court: USCIS should consider ‘life experience’ for specialized knowledge L-1B visa

In holding that cultural traditions and life experience can be considered “specialized knowledge” for purposes of obtaining an L-1B intracompany transferee visa, a United States appeals court rejected the proposition that a...more

DC Circuit Reverses Decision that Fogo de Chao Chef Lacks “Specialized Knowledge”

On October 21, 2014, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that it was reversible error for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service ("USCIS"), an agency of the Department of...more

Immigration Law Does Not Preempt State Wage and Hour Claims, Says Court

In case there was any question, an Indiana staffing company, Access Therapies, learned late last month that the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) does not absolve employers of their responsibilities under state wage and...more

Immigration Violations Cost Resort Chain $2.5M – What Is Your Compliance Exposure?

In This Issue: - Timeline - Exposure and Liability - What Should Employers Take Away from This? - For More Information - About Polsinelli’s Immigration Practice - Excerpt from...more

Tennessee: Undocumented Worker Has Standing to Bring Retaliatory Discharge Claim

Tennessee employers take note—undocumented workers who can’t return to work because of their immigration status can still sue you for retaliatory discharge. In a case of first impression, the Tennessee Court of Appeals held...more

BALCA Holds Additional Recruitment Steps Need Not Comply With Detailed Content Requirement

On July 30, 2014, the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA), in Matter of Symantec, decided the issue of whether a Certifying Officer may deny an Application for Permanent Employment Certification (ETA Form 9089)...more

Statute of Limitations Waiver in Employment Application Enforceable Against ESL Immigrant, New Jersey Appellate Division Holds

On June 19, 2014, the New Jersey Appellate Division continued recent willingness of New Jersey courts to enforce employment applications that shorten the statute of limitations for employment-related claims, this time...more

California Employment Law Notes - July 2014

"Unauthorized Alien" Who Provided False SSN Can Proceed With Disability Discrimination Lawsuit - Salas v. Sierra Chem. Co., 2014 WL 2883878 (Cal. S. Ct. 2014) Vicente Salas worked on Sierra Chemical's production...more

Undocumented Workers May Pursue Claims Under California’s FEHA, So Says The California Supreme Court

On June 26, 2014, in Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., the California Supreme Court held that undocumented immigrants who fraudulently obtained employment still may pursue retaliation and discrimination claims under the...more

USCIS Issues Guidance on “Extraordinary Circumstances” Under CSPA

On June 27, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum on evaluating claims of “extraordinary circumstances” for late filings when the applicant must have sought to acquire lawful...more

California Supreme Court: "Illegal Immigrant Shouldn't Have Been Hired – But Can't Be Fired Illegally"

On June 26, 2014, the California Supreme Court decided that an employee may proceed with a discrimination lawsuit even though he presented false work authorization documents to obtain employment in the first place....more

California Supreme Court: Undocumented Worker May Recover Lost Wages for Period Up to Employer’s Discovery of Immigration Status

Salas v. Sierra Chemical Co., S196568 (June 26, 2014): On June 26, the California Supreme Court issued a decision holding that federal immigration law does not preempt a California law that extends state law protections to...more

Immigration Alert: April 2014

I. USCIS Reaches Fiscal Year 2015 H-1B Cap - As most H-1B employers know, there is an annual quota on the number of new H-1B petitions that can be approved each federal fiscal year. The quota is 65,000 for regular H-1B...more

Undocumented Worker Case Before California Supreme Court

The California Supreme Court has decided to hear a case that could impact the ability of undocumented workers to collect back wages or sue employers for discrimination in California, and may prove instructive in other courts...more

California Supreme Court to Tackle Labor and Insurance Issues

The California Supreme Court has five civil cases scheduled for its April calendar, each addressing important questions of labor and insurance law. ...more

Eleventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of RICO Claims

Is there a statute with a better acronym than RICO? The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, apart from its great acronym, has been both a great success and a tool for misuse. We don’t often see RICO...more

Employment Flash - February 2014

In This Issue: - US Supreme Court Rules on Donning and Doffing Issue - NLRB Judge Invalidates Arbitration Agreement Without Class Action Waiver - Second Circuit Rules on Single Employer Liability Under the WARN...more

For H-1B Employers: How Even a Single Employee’s H-1B Complaint Could Incite a Comprehensive DOL Investigation of Your H-1B...

In Greater Missouri Medical Pro-Care Providers, Inc., ARB Case No. 12-015, ALJ Case No. 2008-LCA-26 (2014), a divided U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) Administrative Review Board (the “Board”) partially reversed the decision...more

Requests for Evidence

8 CFR § 103.2(b)(8) - Evidence of eligibility or ineligibility. If the evidence submitted with the benefit request establishes eligibility, USCIS will approve the benefit request, except that in any case in which the...more

Business Immigration Ethics

In This Presentation: Issues: - Who is the client(s)? - Which rules apply? – It depends on who files the grievance. - What are the attorney’s ethical obligations? - What is the “public interest”? -...more

BIA Holds Pending Application for H-1B Extension Does Not Confer Lawful Status

On November 7, 2013, the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA), issued an unpublished decision sustaining the denial of an adjustment application and holding that the respondent had failed to maintain lawful status during the...more

Class Action Litigation Concerning USCIS Procedure for Issuing Work Permits to Asylum Applicants Brought to a Close

On November 4, 2013, the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington granted final approval of the revised ABT Settlement Agreement, bringing to a close class action litigation that began in December...more

OCAHO Holds That Backdating Alone Is Not Evidence of a Lack of Good Faith

The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) has jurisdiction to review penalties imposed by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for I-9 compliance violations. In calculating the amount of...more

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