Cohen & Grigsby, P.C

New Employment-Based Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa Regulation

On November 18, 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) issued its Final Rule amending regulations related to certain employment-based immigrant and nonimmigrant visa programs. The new rule will take effect on January…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

Federal Judge Issues Nationwide Injunction Blocking Implementation of New Overtime Pay Rules

On November 22, 2016, a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction enjoining the Department of Labor ("DOL") from implementing and enforcing changes to the white collar exemptions from overtime pay that the DOL announced…more
| Civil Procedure, Civil Remedies, Labor & Employment Law

The Latest from Canada, Cuba, and the United Kingdom - Updates to Previous Announcements

In various bulletins earlier in the year, we let you know about some significant changes that were coming in Canada, Cuba, and the United Kingdom, and we promised to keep you updated as the situations continued to develop…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

New I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form

On November 14, 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The new form will replace the 2013 version and will be valid until August 31,…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

November 15, 2016 Implementation Date for BIS and DDTC Harmonized Destination Control Statements

As part of the President's Export Control Reform (E CR) initiative, the Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) and the Department of State, Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) issued a final rule…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, International Law & Trade

Updates on the Department of Homeland Security's New Electronic Visa Update System and Immigration Fee Schedule

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently issued two final immigration rules. First, DHS has established a new Electronic Visa Update System. Second, DHS has issued a new U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Pennsylvania’s New Oil and Gas Regulations for Unconventional Wells – Part 1: Planning and Permitting

The new rules for unconventional oil and gas wells in Pennsylvania are finally here. The regulations in Chapter 78a, relating to unconventional wells, were publish ed in the Pennsylvania Bulletin on October 8, 2016. Recent…more
| Energy & Utilities, Environmental Law, Zoning, Planning & Land Use

October 2016 Visa Bulletin

The Department of State (DOS) has issued a Visa Bulletin update for the month of October 2016 and, for the first time since November 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced permission…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Labor & Employment Law

12-year-old Awarded Patent for Human-Powered Generator

What started as a science fair project for then 12-year-old George Panousis of Penn Hills has led to a patent two years later. With the help of his father and Lisa Geary of Cohen & Grigsby’s intellectual property group, the…more
| Communications & Media Law, Intellectual Property, Science, Computers, & Technology

NLRB Considers Graduate Students “Employees” and Permits Union Organizing

The National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) reversed long-standing precedent in a recent decision involving graduate students, expanding the numbers of employees that may organize into unions. In Columbia University, the NLRB…more
| Education, Labor & Employment Law

Deadline to Apply to Add Seven Months to 17-Month STEM OPT Extension is August 8, 2016

The new 24-month STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) Optional Practical Training (OPT) program took effect on May 10, 2016. The substantially revised STEM OPT program expands total OPT time to 36 months for F-1…more
| Education, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology

Global Immigration Update: The "BREXIT" Question

On 23 June 2016, the citizens of the United Kingdom voted in favor of leaving the European Union— the so-called "British Exit" or "Brexit". No doubt, you've seen the media coverage of this historical vote, which was primarily…more
| Commercial Law & Contracts, Elections & Politics, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Several Countries Initiate Online Immigration Processes Immigration ProcessesI

Over the past several years, we've seen more countries take their immigration processes online. Some have instituted online forms, some have automated portions of the adjudication, and some have made the entire visa process…more
| Immigration Law, International Law & Trade

Department of Labor Issues New Rule for Overtime Protections

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor issued its much anticipated Final Rule, updating the regulations governing which "white collar workers" are exempt from the Fair Labor Standard Act's minimum wage and overtime pay…more
| Labor & Employment Law

New STEM OPT Extension Program Requirements

The new 24-month STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) Optional Practical Training (OPT) program will take effect on May 10, 2016. The substantially revised STEM OPT program expands total OPT time to 36 months for F-1…more
| Education, Labor & Employment Law, Immigration Law, International Law & Trade, Science, Computers, & Technology
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