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President Obama Issues Executive Order On Immigration

On November 20, 2014, President Obama announced an Executive Order on Immigration Reform, which will impact U.S. businesses, as well as certain individuals currently present in the U.S. in undocumented status....more

The National Labor Relations Board 2014 Year in Review - Overview of the Board's Significant Actions

Introduction - If the National Labor Relations Board seemed to be on the ropes in 2013, it certainly came out swinging in 2014. Last year, we reported that the Board faced a number of serious legal battles. Although...more

Because you are asking . . . DOL Says New Proposed Rule On White Collar Exemptions Under The FLSA Will Be Issued In February 2015

As many of you know, last year President Obama directed the DOL to issue new regulations to “modernize and streamline” the white collar exemptions to the minimum wage and overtime requirements under the FLSA. (Keep in mind...more

#SOTU2015: Employment, Immigration, Cyber Safety, and Education in a New Era

On the evening of January 20, 2015, President Obama delivered his sixth State of the Union address in the chamber of the U.S. House of Representatives with Supreme Court justices, members of Congress, the president’s...more

SC Public Policy Update - January 2015

What's New - The South Carolina General Assembly convened this week for the first year of the 121st Legislative Session. While the Senate and House of Representatives met for periods of time throughout the week,...more

Will the New Technology-Focused Immigration Bill Succeed?

Technology companies, industry groups, and trade associations are enthusiastically supporting a new Senate bill that would make it easier for foreign nationals working in the technology sector to stay and work in the United...more

USCIS Issues Fliers About the President’s Executive Actions

As part of an effort to educate the public, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released two fliers regarding President Obama’s executive actions. USCIS is encouraging the use of these fliers when...more

January 2015 Immigration Alert

Happy New Year!!! All of us in the Immigration Law Group at Epstein Becker Green wish you the very best for a healthy and prosperous 2015. We hope that all your petitions and applications are approved and that...more

President Obama Pushes Employers to Provide Paid Leave to Their Workers; What is the Impact on Employers?

Yesterday, President Barack Obama took the most significant steps yet to push for federally mandated paid leave for all American workers. In addition to signing a presidential memorandum directing federal agencies to advance...more

No End In Sight For Wave of Paid Family and Sick Leave Laws

Employers have been scrambling to keep up with the multitude of paid sick leave laws that were passed in the last several years.  These laws vary by jurisdiction and often can’t be easily reconciled into a uniform policy — an...more

What Can Employers Expect from this Connecticut General Assembly Session?

On January 7, 2015, the 2015 session of the Connecticut General Assembly began. The session is scheduled to adjourn on June 3, 2015. A plethora of proposed bills affecting Connecticut employers and employees will be...more

DACA and DAPA and Form I-9, Oh My! Does Prior Document Fraud Require Termination?

President Obama’s recent decision to take executive action on immigration may cause confusion for some employers with regard to Form I-9 compliance. The action includes two initiatives that potentially impact Form I-9...more

Employing Veterans May Help Avoid the ACA’s Employer Mandate

The new Republican Congress began its session with an attempt to narrow the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) employer mandate by exempting certain veterans and their families from counting toward the number of employees at small...more

Charlotte Burrows Sworn In as EEOC Commissioner

Bipartisan Federal Agency Restored to Full Capacity - WASHINGTON - Charlotte A. Burrows was sworn in today as Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the agency announced this morning. ...more

Expansions to Eligibility for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA)

Millions of undocumented immigrants are currently living in the United States, many of whom arrived here as children years ago or who have lived here for many years and now have U.S.-born and U.S.-citizen children. As we...more

House Passes the “Save American Workers” Act, but Senate Approval Unclear and Veto Promised

Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Save American Workers Act (H.R. 2575), a bill that would change the definition of “full-time” work under the Affordable Care Act’s employer mandate from 30 to 40 hours...more

Insurance Industry Wins Temporary FLSA Exemption for Insurance Adjusters in CRomnibus

On Tuesday, we discussed Congress’s passage of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, nicknamed CRomnibus in the waning days of the 2014 legislative session. The omnibus spending bill avoided...more

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014-15: what's in it for me?

The key ideas that make up the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014-15 (the "SBEEB") were announced with great fanfare in the Queen's speech in June 2014. Problems with enforcing tribunal awards? We'll fix...more

FPPC Has Record Year for Enforcement Actions

Is compliance with state ethics laws, the Political Reform Act and Government Code section 1090, declining? Or, is the FPPC getting better at ferreting out violations and violators? These questions arise in the wake of the...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

Congress Makes It Possible to Reduce Some Union Pensions

As a part of the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015, passed by Congress and signed by the President on December 18, 2014, the 161-page "Multiemployer Pension Reform Act of 2014" (Act) gives the...more

Department of Labor, Trucking Industry Big Winners in Congress's CRomnibus Bill

In the run-up to the holidays, Congress rushed a Continuing Resolution (CR) to President Obama's desk entitled the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act, 2015. The omnibus spending bill, nicknamed...more

Employment Law Commentary - Volume 26, Issue 12 December 2014: Bowling Alone: Obama’s Labor And Employment Regulatory Agenda In...

Recently, President Obama sat down for an interview with Stephen Colbert in which he was asked about his 2008 campaign mantra that presidents tended to grab too much power. “Then you became president, and you seemed to hold a...more

Immigration reform: Teeth and tweaking are all the laws need

As a business immigration attorney representing companies lawfully employing foreign workers in the U.S., I am frustrated with our dysfunctional immigration system. The president's recently issued executive order only makes...more

2014/2015 Labor and Employment Observer

In This Issue: - Message from the Chair - On the Horizon: Is Obama Remaking the Workplace While Leaving Congress Behind? - The 2014 Supreme Court Decisions Every Employer Should Know - What to Expect from the...more

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