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Hot List – What’s Happening in the California Legislature 4/24-4/28

by Fisher Phillips on

Our weekly California Legislature “hot list” provides you with a preview of the bills that are up (as well as other important legislative action) the following week... Recap of Legislative Bill Activity Last Week – The...more

The Administration's 2017 Agriculture Agenda

by Bryan Cave on

The American Heartland largely carried the 2016 Presidential Election for Donald Trump. The Trump campaign reached out to and appealed to farmers and agricultural communities, promising a resurgence in U.S. farming. However,...more

Colorado Court Sends Shepherds’ Wage-Fixing Antitrust Suit Out to Pasture

Defendants in a putative class action lawsuit alleging wage fixing antitrust claims no longer need to count sheep to rest easily. A district court judge in Colorado recently denied plaintiffs’ request for leave to amend,...more

The future of migrant workers in the UK?

by Dentons on

With the Prime Minister preparing to trigger Article 50 around 15 March, and so begin the process of Britain’s exit from the European Union, the Cabinet’s Brexit Committee has started to prepare a two-stage plan to deal with...more

Trump Administration Immigration Actions’ Disproportionate Impact on Certain Industries

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The food, construction, and healthcare sectors are concerned about fallout from the crackdown on immigration called for in Secretary John Kelly’s Implementation Memos, President Donald Trump’s travel ban, and possible new...more

On the Horizon: Laws Going Into Effect in Early 2017

by Payne & Fears on

The California Legislature continues to be very active in passing pro-employee legislation, creating additional compliance burdens and litigation risks for employers. The following summary contains the key new laws employers...more

Trump’s Winery in Virginia Seeks Visas for Foreign Workers

by Cozen O'Connor on

President-elect Trump’s winery in Charlottesville, Virginia recently filed visa applications with the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL). The winery said it will need six workers to prune grape vines six days a week , with a pay...more

2016 California Labor and Employment Legislation Update: The End (of Session) Is Near…

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

The California Legislature adjourned in the wee hours yesterday, Wednesday, August 31st, having reviewed over 100 bills in the single day, bringing the second half of the 2015-2016 Legislative Session to a close. Several...more

Getting It Right: Maximizing Yield While Minimizing the Risk in Hiring Farm Labor

by K&L Gates LLP on

Agricultural producers and processors throughout the United States face significant pressure to ensure their operations comply with federal and state labor laws. Increasing demand for U.S.-grown goods and local labor...more

H-2A Delays Cost Farmers Profits and Customers

by Varnum LLP on

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) and Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) are responsible for processing H-2A guest worker visa applications, but farmers are seeing delays of up to two weeks in the arrival of these...more

California Legislative Update

by Littler on

The California legislature has reached the midpoint of its 2016 legislative session. The Governor has signed four bills of significance to California private sector employers. In addition, a few dozen workplace-related bills...more

DOL Issues an Administrator's Interpretation Regarding Joint Employment

by Miller Canfield on

The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) recently issued an Administrator’s Interpretation (“AI”) regarding joint employment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) and the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection...more

The Chill of ICE: Crackdown on Undocumented Workers Can Cost You

Recently, an agricultural company faced more than $100,000 in fines after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) auditors identified more than 100 substantive violations – each carrying a $1,100 maximum penalty....more

Many Michigan Farms Having Difficulty Finding Seasonal Workers

by Varnum LLP on

Michigan farms are having trouble finding seasonal workers because migrant workers are becoming more interested in permanent positions. Michigan Farm Bureau has reported that migrant workers fill about 40,000 seasonal jobs on...more

August 2015 Immigration Alert

by Epstein Becker & Green on

I. USCIS Issues Guidance on When an Amended H-1B Petition Is Required After Matter of Simeio Solutions, LLC - On July 21, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a policy memorandum...more

Visa Processing Nearly Back Online After Critical Hardware Failure, but Bottleneck May Take Weeks to Clear

by Polsinelli on

After a major hardware failure on June 9th that created significant delays in processing and issuing visas, the Consular Consolidated Database (CCD) for U.S. Embassies and Consulates worldwide is nearly back online. As of...more

System Glitch Leads To Freeze On US Travel Visas

by Barley Snyder on

Since June 9th a computer glitch has stalled visa processing at U.S. embassies all over the world. The hardware malfunction has kept crucial biometrics information (including fingerprints) from reaching foreign U.S....more

Glitch in State Department Systems Causing Worldwide Visa Issuance Delays

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

U.S. embassies and consulates abroad recently suspended issuing any U.S. visas as a result of worldwide technical issues with State Department computer systems. These technical problems cause considerable delays to foreign...more

U.S. Visa Systems Down Globally – DOS Continues to Work on a Fix – Expect Delays!

by Baker Donelson on

The following bulletin was published by the Department of State (which oversees all consulates/embassies), advising of a global glitch that has stopped all U.S. visa issuance worldwide. The issue has not resolved since the...more

Client Alert: Visa and Passport Delays Expected to Continue Through Next Week

On June 12, 2015, the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (the “Bureau”) first announced that a hardware failure on June 9 had led to technical problems with overseas passport and visa systems. The hardware...more

EB-5 Project Finance–Investor Visa Option - Creative Financing for U.S. Developers and Businesses

by Carlton Fields on

In recent years, developers seeking to raise capital have taken a keen interest in the EB-5 regional center investor visa program. Regional centers are entities designed to use immigrant investor capital to promote economic...more

USCIS Temporarily Suspends Adjudication of H-2B Petitions Following Court Order

As of March 5, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is temporarily suspending adjudication of H-2B petitions for temporary non-agricultural workers while the government considers the appropriate response to...more

Move Over EEOC: Time for an NLRB Benchslap

by Sherman & Howard L.L.C. on

Over the last few weeks we have blogged on a number of judicial decisions chastising the EEOC (Another Approaching Benchslap for EEOC?, EEOC Benchslaps Just Keep Coming and The EEOC Hits Just Keep Coming!). Today we shift our...more

Immigration Reform Marches On

by Cozen O'Connor on

August has been a busy, productive month for immigration reform advocates. From the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s historic March on Washington, to Women’s Equality Day in Seattle, to town halls across the country, a broad...more

How Will the Immigration Reform Proposals Impact Businesses & Employees?

by Scott Legal, P.C. on

Much of the debate surrounding immigration reform has centered around providing a pathway to Citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people in the country. While a significant part of the legislation is focused on this...more

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