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U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Issues New Guidance on H-1B Status for Nurses

On July 11, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a policy memorandum to provide updated guidance on the adjudication of H-1B petitions for nursing positions. The memorandum was issued in response to...more

Minnesota Department of Health Introduces New Conrad 30 J-1 Waiver Review Process and Program Guidelines

On August 8, 2014, the Minnesota Department of Health unveiled significant changes to its Conrad J-1 waiver program for international medical graduates. The program changes will be implemented during the 2015 waiver program,...more

Special Immigration Alert: USCIS Releases Updated Guidance on H-1B Eligibility for Nurses

On July 21, 2014, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") released a policy memorandum ("PM"), dated July 11, 2014, which provided the first new guidance on H-1B eligibility for nurses in 12 years!...more

USCIS Issues Policy Memorandum Regarding H-1B Petitions for Nursing Occupations

As a general matter, most registered nurse (RN) positions do not qualify as H-1B specialty occupation positions because they do not normally require a U.S. bachelor’s or higher degree in nursing or its equivalent as the...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

In recent months, a federal political issue has developed regarding undocumented immigrants crossing into the United States. This week, it was revealed that this issue touches on Maine, when Governor LePage was notified by...more

Weekly Update from the NC State House - July 2014: The Senate was busy this week with the Rules committee meeting Tuesday,...

This Week - The Senate was busy this week with the Rules committee meeting Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings to push last minute legislative priorities through the chamber as lawmakers continue to creep towards...more

Immigration Options for the Employment of International Physicians

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will do many things to alter health care delivery in the United States. One thing it will not do, however, is significantly increase the supply of physicians. The new law calls...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - June 12, 2014

In This Issue: - Unions Battle with Employers Over Covering ACA Costs - More Types of Companies Requiring Workers to Sign Non-Competes - Employers Cut Back on Benefits, Push Health Costs onto Workers - High...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

Labor & Employment E-Note - April 17, 2014

In This Issue: - Employers Face Increasing Number of Religious Bias Suits - Small Business Owners Concerned About Overtime Pay Requirements - Rising Number of Wage Theft Lawsuits Highlight Enforcement Issues -...more

SuperVision Today - February 2014

Notes from the Chair and Executive Editor - The year 2014 marks Spilman Thomas & Battle's 150th anniversary. While we pause to reflect on our first 150 years, we are also looking forward to how we will create our next...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - November 14, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Takes on Union Strategy to Push Neutrality Agreements - Justices Consider Pay for Union Workers to Don Safety Gear - Appeals Court Rules for Employers Over Birth Control Coverage -...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - October 10, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Takes on Number of Workplace Dispute Cases - Government Shutdown Creates Delays at Labor Department, NLRB - E-Verify Suspension Leaves Employers Concerned Over Hiring - Judge Again...more

Foreign National Physician Sues Former Employer Provider Alleging Forced Labor Violations

A lawsuit brought by a foreign national doctor earning a six-figure income against the physician owner of his former employer alleging violations of a federal forced labor statute is being allowed to go forward, with the...more

Windsor & DOMA: Issues for Cross-Border Employers

On June 26, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in U.S. v. Windsor that Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”), which defined “marriage” as strictly between opposite-sex couples and “spouse” as referring only to a...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - September 12, 2013

In This Issue: - A.F.L.- C.I.O. Seeks to Lure Nonunion Workers to Boost Ranks - Appeals Court Affirms Unions Can Organize Smaller Units - IRS to Begin Classifying Automatic Gratuities as Taxable Wages - More...more

National Council of State Board of Nursing launches Nursing Database

The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) recently launched “Nursys”, a national database for verification of nurses. The database contains information on the licensure, disciplinary history, and special...more

Labor & Employment E-Note - July 11, 2013

In This Issue: - High Court Makes it Harder for Workers to Sue in Bias Cases - High Court to Decide on Obama's NLRB Recess Appointments - Criminal Background Checks May Violate Civil Rights Act, EEOC Says -...more

Religious Institutions Update - July 2013

Have you ever wondered how the United States Constitution came to incorporate "free exercise of religion" in the First Amendment? James Madison wrote the initial draft of the Bill of Rights. He and other Federalists initially...more

2013 Executive Employer Survey Report

On the heels of highly optimistic hiring plans expressed in our inaugural survey one year ago, employers remain bullish in their intentions to bring on new full-time employees, albeit to a somewhat lesser degree. As the job...more

Healthcare Reform And Seasonal Guest Workers

Many employers are eagerly watching the U.S. Congress as it debates comprehensive immigration reform legislation. However, employers of foreign workers need to be aware of another comprehensive reform already enacted—the...more

The Fast Laner - May 2013

In This Issue: - Employers Must Comply With New DOL Notice Requirement Regarding Health Care Exchanges Under Affordable Care Act - DOL Issues Recommended Changes To COBRA Election Notices To Provide Information...more

Shorts on Long Term Care April 2013

In this issue: - What’s In A Word? N.C. Court of Appeals Invalidates Nursing Home Arbitration Clause Based on Language of the Agreement - “The Climb” — NC Activities Directors Win National Award for Their Work...more

Scripts - April 2013

In This Issue: - Key Provisions In the Final Omnibus HIPAA/HITECH Rules and What They Mean for You - NLRB and EEOC May Target Employer Efforts to Keep Employees Quiet During Internal Investigations -...more

SuperVision Today - 1st Quarter 2013

In This Issue: - Notes from the Chair & Executive Editor - Immigration Reform May Affect All Employers - Primer on West Virginia State Law Labor and Employment Claims? - Taking a Look at the Latest on Affordable...more

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