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Preview of Potential Changes to EB-5 Immigration Program: Source of Financing for Construction and Hospitality Projects

With the impending expiration of the Immigrant Investor Visa Program, also known as EB-5, in September, bipartisan legislation has been proposed in Congress to renew and improve the Program. The proposed changes could...more

EB-5 ALERT: SENATE REAUTHORIZATION WILL REDUCE FINANCING FOR U.S. CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS BY CHANGING THE JOB COUNT REQUIREMENTS

The proposed Senate Bill reauthorizing the EB-5 Regional Center Program would restrict the types of projects that can be funded with EB-5 financing and amount of funds that can be raised with EB-5 financing. The Senate...more

Construction Law Update - May 2015

Today’s newspapers in the central Pennsylvania area have been fraught with concerns and questions regarding the construction of the William’s gas pipeline running from the Marcellus Shale areas of Pennsylvania to the east...more

Temporary Federal Immigration Relief May Help Address Construction Labor Shortages

U.S. Work Authorization to Be Available - A new recruitment source may soon be available to employers for additional workers to do construction or other work. Up to 4 or 5 million presently undocumented people from...more

Foreign Investment + Construction = Green Card

When you talk about construction and immigration it’s usually about undocumented workers and the underground economy, at least here in California and other border states. But a recent article I read wasn’t about poor, illegal...more

Construction E-Note - June 27, 2014

In This Issue: - Mississippi Legislature Expands State’s Lien Law to Protect Subcontractors, Suppliers, and Materialmen - The Alabama Supreme Court Broadens the Definition of “Occurrence” in a General...more

OCAHO Fines Construction Company $228,000 for I-9 Violations

A recent assessment by the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) resulted in a fine of $228,000 against M&D Masonry, a Georgia construction contractor, for I-9 violations. Immigration and Customs...more

Justice Department Cautions Against Re-Verification Of I-9 Documents By General Contractor

The Department of Justice (DOJ), through its Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC), recently issued a Technical Assistance Letter in response to a written request by a...more

Ohio Drywall Firm Pays Over $268K for FLSA, H-2B Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division investigated Gem Interiors Inc. and found violations of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) and the H-2B temporary nonimmigrant visa program. The company agreed to pay...more

Georgia's Illegal Immigration and Enforcement Act

On July 1, 2013, all employers with more than ten employees will be required participate in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify system in order to obtain a business license as part of the Illegal Immigration...more

Construction E-Note - March 28, 2013

In This Issue: - The Emperor’s New Economic Loss Rule - The Architect's Role in the Construction Project - USCIS Introduces New Form I-9 - Considering Construction Delivery Methods on Public Works - The...more

Pennsylvania Contractors to Ring in the New Year with New Employment Eligibility Verification Requirements

Effective January 1, 2013, all contractors and subcontractors working on Pennsylvania public works projects will be required to verify the employment eligibility of any newly hired workers through the federal E-Verify...more

Pennsylvania Public Works Contractors and Subcontractors Must Use E-Verify

Joining a growing number of states that require employers to use E-Verify to confirm their employees’ eligibility to work in the United States, starting January 1, 2013, Pennsylvania will require Pennsylvania contractors and...more

PA Contractors Must Use E-Verify To Check Employee Eligibility

The recently signed Public Works Employment Verification Act requires contractors and subcontractors on public works projects in Pennsylvania to verify the employment eligibility of newly hired workers using the Department of...more

Pennsylvania Enacts Mandatory E-Verify for Public Contractors

Participation in federal employment eligibility program required for public works contractors and subcontractors as of January 1, 2013. Effective January 1, 2013, Pennsylvania will require certain public works...more

Pennsylvania Becomes The Latest State To Require E-Verify

Nearly all State Contractors and Sub-Contractors Affected The Public Works Employment Verification Act, signed into law on July 5, 2012, requires all contractors and subcontractors on public-works projects with the State...more

Day Laborers & NC’s Lowest Responsible Bidder law (News Note)

Triangle Grading and Paving is a Triad-area company with multiple public contracts, 18 since 2000 from the NC Department of Transportation alone. Frequently the low bidder, Triangle Grading has a long history of performing...more

Construction Alert: Protecting Your Company From The Federal Crackdown On Form I-9s

The numbers are staggering. As of Sept. 17, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) instituted 3,015 administrative and criminal investigations and issued 2,393 Notices of Inspection for Form I-9 compliance in 2011....more

Hiring Foreign Contractors in Canada

Article on hiring foreign workers specific to the construction industry in Canada....more

Construction Oberview: Increased Scrutiny at Federal Installations

No doubt you are aware that only citizens, lawful permanent residents or nonimmigrants with work authorization may work in the United States. It has come to our attention that employers providing services at federal...more

The Construction of a LLR Immigration Audit

Collins & Lacy Attorney and Employment Law Practice Group Chair Christian Boesl takes readers through the process of an immigration audit by the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation under the South Carolina Illegal...more

ICE Steps Up Its Aggressive Employer Audit Campaign: The Use of Forfeiture Laws to Seize the Assets of Businesses Employing...

Federal authorities have begun using forfeiture statutes against businesses that employ illegal aliens and undocumented workers...more

Trust, But E-Verify: A Cheat Sheet for Mandatory Employment Eligibility Verification By Federal Construction Contractors

Introduction Construction companies performing projects for federal agencies such as the Corps of Engineers, Veterans Administration, and General Services Administration are now subject to the new E-Verify rules summarized...more

Immigration Alert: E-Verify Rule for Federal Contractors To Go Into Effect September 8, 2009

On August 26, 2009, a federal judge in Maryland upheld the legality of the federal regulation (published at 73 Fed. Reg. 67,651 (Nov. 14, 2008)) that will require most federal government contractors to use the E-Verify system...more

Legal Alert: Federal Contractor E-Verify Rule Goes Into Effect on September 8, 2009

This is a reminder that the federal contractor E-Verify rule that amends the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) to require certain federal contractors and subcontractors to enroll in and use the E-Verify system is...more

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