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UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #4

ESRB approves expansion of macroprudential policy framework - ESRB has published two recommendations relating to expanding the European macroprudential policy framework. The first concerns the counter-cyclical buffer...more

Employees Traveling Internationally? Read This.

Does your business depend on the international travel of its employees? What would happen to your business if one of your key employees couldn’t get a passport? Beginning this year with the FAST Act, the State Department may...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - February 2016 #2

FCA writes to CEOs on CFD compliance - FCA has written a Dear CEO letter following its review of new client procedures for firms offering contracts for difference (CFD) products on a non-advised basis. FCA carried out...more

Agreement on Safe Harbor Replacement, the New EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: Considerations for HR Departments

Our winter 2016 edition of the Employment Law Briefing Newsletter discussed the implications of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s (CJEU’s) decision to invalidate the Safe Harbor framework. Concern about the lack of...more

DHS Enhances Opportunities for H-1B1, E-3, CW-1 Nonimmigrants and Certain EB-1 Immigrants

On January 15, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) posted a final rule in the Federal Register which revises its regulations affecting highly skilled workers in the nonimmigrant classifications for specialty...more

Leaders Discuss Issues Facing Florida Manufacturers

As part of its ongoing 2016 State of Manufacturing Tour, the National Association of Manufacturers (“NAM”), including CEO Jay Timmons and others, stopped in Tampa, Florida on January 28 and 29, 2016. The visit included tours...more

H-1B Helps Employers Obtain Workers with Specialty Skills

Locating highly skilled, uniquely talented workers can be very difficult for some employers in the United States. In fact, year after year the demand for workers with so-called STEM (science, technology, engineering and...more

60 Day Comment Period on Proposed Changes to Form I-9 Ended on January 25, 2016

On November 24, 2015, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a 60 day notice of proposed changes to the Form I-9 in the Federal Register. The 60 day public comment period ended on January 25, 2016....more

EU and US Beat the Clock With Their Announcement of the "Privacy Shield" a/k/a Safe Harbor 2.0

In a long-awaited and much-anticipated announcement, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the European Commission (the “Commission”) declared on February 2, 2016, that they had struck a deal on a new cross-border data transfer...more

International Employment Law Update: Private Emails on Professional Tools are no Longer Private

In a landmark decision on January 12, 2016, the CEDH (European Court of Human Rights), ruled that employers have the right to read their employees private emails sent during working hours, on condition that this surveillance...more

FY17 H-1B Cap Filings Begin April 1, 2016

U.S. employers who sponsor foreign workers for temporary H-1B work visas should be aware that April 1, 2016, is the earliest date that new H-1B petitions may be filed to count against the upcoming FY17 quota (or “cap”)....more

Travel to the United States in 2016: The Year of Fear – Restrictions on the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) ESTA

On January 21, 2016, the United States began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015. Nationals of Visa Waiver Program countries who have traveled to...more

Employment Law - January 2016 #2

EU Permits Employers to Monitor Private Employee Communications - Why it matters - In a favorable ruling for employers, the European Union's (EU) highest court concluded that an employee's right to privacy was not...more

Saudi Arabia Update - January 2016

Legal Developments - Labor Law – weekends are not part of annual leave - The Saudi Arabian Labor Law provides that employees shall be entitled to 21 days of paid leave annually, to be increased to 25 days upon...more

Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration: An Update to Two Key Initiatives Designed to Enhance the Employment of Highly Skilled...

In November 2014, President Obama issued a number of executive actions designed to make significant changes to the U.S. immigration system. The most controversial initiatives were the deferred action policies aimed at...more

STEM OPT Update: Program Remains Valid Through May 10, 2016

On January 23, 2016, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granted a motion to extend the stay of vacatur of the current STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program until May 10, 2016, providing the...more

Court Allows DHS Until May 10, 2016, to Issue New STEM OPT Rule

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia gave the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) until May 10, 2016, to correct the procedural defects to its STEM OPT rule. The prior deadline had been February 12, 2016, to...more

UK Financial Regulatory Developments - January 2016 #9

FCA updates IPRU-INV, FC and EG - FCA is updating its Handbook on its website to convert the Interim Prudential sourcebook for Investment Businesses (IPRU-INV), the Financial Crime Guide (FC) and the Enforcement Guide...more

DHS is granted an extension of existing STEM OPT rule through May 12, 2016

To the relief of thousands of foreign nationals and many U.S. businesses and higher education institutions, on January 23, 2016, the federal district court in Washington D.C. presiding over Washington Alliance of Technology...more

ESTA Travel Warning Update – Approval Revoked for Travelers who are Nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria or Sudan

The Department of State announced that travelers who currently have valid Electronic System for Travel Authorizations (ESTAs) and who have previously indicated holding dual nationality with Iran, Iraq, Sudan or Syria on their...more

Understanding the EB5 System

Congress created the EB-5 Program in 1990 to promote economic growth and job creation in the United States. This system allows immigrant entrepreneurs to apply for green cards in return for investing in a new commercial...more

Powerball for H-1B Visas

Lottery mania has been sweeping the nation as Powerball winnings exceeded $1 billion for the first time. For highly skilled foreign nationals and the employers who desire to employ them, a different kind of lottery mania is...more

Understanding Temporary Employment Visas

Foreign workers who enter the United States on temporary employment visas come from various occupations. These include technology specialists, scientists, researchers, nurses, agricultural workers,religious workers, athletes,...more

The UK Modern Slavery Act and Supply Chain Responsibility

In October 2015, the UK Modern Slavery Act (MSA) became effective, which requires all companies doing business in the UK with worldwide turnover of at least £36 million (or approximately $51 million as of the date of this...more

Business, Labor, Manufacturing, And Agriculture Representatives Provide ITC With Different Perspectives On Likely Impact Of The...

During January 13-15, 2016, the U.S. International Trade Commission (“ITC”) held hearings concerning the likely impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (“TPP”) on the U.S. economy. Witnesses from a variety of...more

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