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Obama Administration Announces $100 million in TechHire Grants to Support IT, Cybersecurity, Broadband Sector Training

On November 17, 2015, the Department of Labor (DOL) and the White House issued a funding announcement releasing $100 million in grants as a part of the Obama Administration’s TechHire Initiative, which specifically calls out...more

New Department of Homeland Security Regulation Aims to Preserve and Enhance STEM OPT Program for Nonimmigrant Students and U.S....

On October 19, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register regarding optional practical training (OPT) extensions for F-1 students with U.S. degrees...more

Extension of post-graduation OPT for STEM students on F-1 visas invalid

On August 12, 2015, in the case of Washington Alliance of Technology Workers v. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia held that a 2008 DHS interim final rule extending...more

LinkedIn acquires for $1.5 billion

LinkedIn has announced that it will acquire, a subscription online education service that offers hundreds of thousands of educational videos and over 6,000 online courses to its customers....more

OPT Program Under Attack

While a lawsuit challenging President Obama’s executive action has garnered headlines recently, another lawsuit that could negatively impact the labor supply and increase the cost of doing business for employers has largely...more

How Will Immigration Executive Action Impact Higher Education Institutions?

Multi-national personnel and students are uniquely important to the mission and objectives of higher education institutions. The recent focus on immigration reform at the federal level raises the potential for broader...more

Annual H-1B Visa Quota Available But Expected to Be Exhausted in Early April

On April 1, 2015, the United States Customs and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting petitions for H-1B visas that are subject to annual quotas for the 2016 fiscal year (which would allow employees to start...more

Phishing Attacks Target University Employee Payroll Information

In a recent advisory, the Research and Education Networking Information Sharing and Analysis Center (REN-ISAC) warned higher education institutions about sophisticated phishing attacks that target faculty and staff...more

White Collar Watch - June 2014

In This Issue: - Whistleblower’s one-two punch: Confidential informant/employee spurs criminal investigation, then successfully sues individual company owner in qui tam action - Alleged illegal recruiting for...more

Paying for Family Vacations With NIH Funds Triggers FCA Lawsuit and Settlement

Northwestern University will pay $2.93 million to settle a federal False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit brought by a former employee who alleged Northwestern allowed a researcher to submit false claims under certain cancer research...more

Northwestern University Settles Cancer Research False Claims Act Lawsuit

On July 30, 2013, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois announced that Northwestern University entered a settlement agreement to pay the United States $2.9 million to settle False Claims...more

Social Networking: New Risks & Opportunities at Work [Video]

The Ethics Resource Center’s National Business Ethics Survey "Social Networkers: New Risks and Opportunities at Work” is now available. Sponsored by NAVEX Global and PwC, the survey provides a first-of-its-kind look at social...more

Higher Education Highlights - Spring 2013

In This Issue: - U.S. Supreme Court to Rule on Causation Factor in Retaliation Claims - Student Sues University Over the Right to Keep a Guinea Pig in a College Dorm for Emotional Support - Delaware...more

Proposed Reform to Fuel Entrepreneurship

In a bid to reduce the loss of talent and jobs to countries like Canada, Chile and the United Kingdom, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators, including Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Mark Warner, D-Va., Chris Coons, D-Del. and Roy Blunt,...more

Focus on Employment and Labour, October 2012 - Canada's Highest Court Rules on Employee Privacy Rights over Work Computer

In this issue of Focus on Employment and Labour, FMC's Andrea Raso Amer and Eric Sherbine present their article "Canada's Highest Court Rules on Employee Privacy Rights over Work Computer". Canada's Highest Court Rules...more

No Password for You: California Enacts Social Media Privacy Laws Affecting Employers and Postsecondary Educational Institutions

Addressing a recent hot topic regarding the forced disclosure of social media passwords and/or content as part of the employment application process, California has promptly resolved the issue legislatively. Effective January...more

SNOPA - Preventing Employer and University Access to Social Media Passwords

A new bill introduced in the United States House of Representatives would make it illegal for employers to require applicants and employees to turn over their social media passwords. The bill, styled: Social Networking...more

The Challenge of Young Employees and Technology

Cisco’s 2011 Connected World Technology Report found that 70% of young professional employees disregard their employer’s technology policies on a regular basis. This presents significant litigation and public relations risks...more

The Right Way to Mend the U.S. Immigration Law System

Our immigration system is badly broken. Although our borders have become far more secure in recent years, too many people seeking illegal entry get through. We have no way to track whether the millions who enter the United...more

It's Only a Matter of Degree--Companies Find Trouble in Publicizing the Educational Backgrounds of Officers

Many companies disclose the educational achievements of their directors, officers and key employees. These disclosures can be found on company websites, in company press releases and in filings made with the Securities and...more

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