Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments... more +
The Department of Homeland Security is a federal executive department established in 2002 in response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. DHS was formed by combining twenty-two existing federal departments and agencies. The consolidation was aimed at creating a better integrated, more effective organization to respond to terrorist attacks and other varied threats facing the United States and its territories.  less -
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House Passes the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act

Following Wednesday’s approval of the Protecting Cyber Networks Act (H.R.1560) (“PCNA”), the House of Representatives passed the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act (H.R. 1731) (“NCPAA”) on Thursday, a move...more

House Passes Cybersecurity Information Sharing Bills

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the House passed H.R. 1560, the Protecting Cyber Networks Act, sponsored by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), with Ranking Member Adam Schiff (D-CA) as lead cosponsor. ...more

Client Alert: DOJ finds Texas Governor’s Executive Order Mandating E-Verify for State Agencies and State Contractors Violates...

History - On December 3, 2014, Governor Perry issued Executive Order RP-80, a mandate requiring all government agencies “under the direction of the governor to verify the eligibility of all current and prospective...more

It’s Cyber Week in Washington, DC — and RSA Conference Week in San Francisco

Security is on the agenda from coast to coast this week. Cybersecurity information sharing legislation will hit the House floor this week. H.R. 1731, the National Cybersecurity Protection Advancement Act was reported...more

Updated Guidance Encourages DHS Attorneys to Timely Exercise Prosecutorial Discretion

On April 6, 2015, the Acting Principal Legal Advisor for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA), Riah Ramlogan, issued a memorandum to OPLA attorneys relating to the...more

Certain H-4 Dependent Spouses Eligible for New Work Authorization Option in May

On February 24, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the extension of work authorization eligibility to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants, who are seeking employment-based lawful...more

USCIS Proposes: L-1B Adjudications Policy

The Key – Applying the “Preponderance of the Evidence” standard”? Immigration practitioners are trying to figure out what to make of the proposed Policy Memorandum on L-1B Adjudications Policy (hereinafter “Guidance”)...more

Federal Court Case Update | Filings and Firings

Following is the start of a new series on the JAMS ADR Blog, featuring short synopses of recent case rulings related to arbitration or ADR. We’re excited to share this information as we know this is an area that will be of...more

FISMA II: A New Cyber World Framework to Strengthen Agency Information Security

As part of the Obama administration’s legislative efforts to safeguard government agency information, the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014 (FISMA II) was recently enacted to fortify and update its 2002...more

Work Authorization Extended to Certain H-4 Visa Holders

Late last year, I wrote on the controversial executive actions on immigration that President Obama announced in November. As I noted then, those executive actions include several initiatives that will make it easier for...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

DHS and DOL to Issue Joint Interim Final Rule on H-2B Petitions

As previously-reported, on March 4, 2015, the federal district court in the Northern District of Florida vacated the Department of Labor’s (DOL) 2008 H-2B regulations on the ground that DOL lacks authority under the...more

Department of Homeland Security Announces New Employment Authorization Eligibility for Certain H-4 Spouses of H-1B Professional...

On February 25, 2015, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that effective May 26, 2015, the agency will extend eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B...more

What H-4 Visa Holders Need to Know about Employment Authorization

Under new rules announced by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) at the end of February, beginning May 26, 2015, H-4 visa holders who are the dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders will be eligible for employment...more

Federal Air Marshal Could Proceed With Whistleblower Lawsuit

Robert J. MacLean became a federal air marshal for the TSA in 2001. In that role, MacLean was assigned to protect passenger flights from potential hijackings. In July 2003, the Department of Homeland Security issued a...more

NLRB General Counsel Issues Aggressive Immigration Initiative—Employers Now Face Extraordinary Penalties

On February 27, 2015, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) General Counsel Richard F. Griffin, Jr. injected the NLRB into the national debate regarding border security, the rights of undocumented workers and their families,...more

High court rules immigration status does not affect workers’ compensation eligibility

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, more than 11 million foreign-born workers in America are undocumented or have irregular immigration status. All Illinois employees have a legal right to workers’...more

Spouses of H-1B Workers Can Now Seek Employment

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that, beginning May 26, 2015, certain H-4 visa holders will be eligible for employment authorization. Currently, H-4 visa holders – dependent spouses and children...more

New Immigration Regulations Authorize Employment for Certain H-4 Spouses

Starting May 26, 2015, certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants will be permitted to apply for work authorization in the United States. Those permitted to work include individuals in H-4 status whose H-1B spouses...more

Avoiding an Immigration Nightmare: The Importance of Knowing When a Work Visa is Necessary

On January 30, 2015, Los Angeles Dodgers relief pitcher Joel Peralta faced what many business immigration practitioners would refer to as an avoidable immigration nightmare....more

House Relents on DHS Funding Debate; Leaves Executive Action on Immigration to Be Fought in the Courts

Legislative Update: On March 3, 2015, the U.S. House of Representatives agreed to strip language that would have rolled back President Obama’s executive action on immigration out of a hotly contested Department of Homeland...more

Congress Finally Funds DHS & USCIS

Congress finally passed a funding bill to keep the Department of Homeland Security (including USCIS) open. It will now be sent to President Obama’s desk for his signature (he is expected to sign the bill). The bill will fund...more

Reed Smith's Government Contracts Weekly Rundown

In case you spent last week (this morning) dealing with winter weather instead of reading the latest and greatest in the realm on federal contracting, here is a rundown of last week’s top developments related to government...more

USCIS Acts to Eliminate Employment Disruption for Professional Workers

Employers who seek to reduce disincentives that currently encourage H-1B non-immigrant employees to abandon adjustment to lawful permanent residence status will benefit from a new employment authorization rule announced on...more

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