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How Can I Bring My Family to the U.S. If I Have a Temporary Work Visa?

When a foreign national comes into the U.S. under a temporary work visa, the individual often wants to bring his or her family into the U.S. as well. Depending on the work visa obtained, the duration of the stay, and the...more

Can I help my sick family member without losing my job?

aring for a critically ill family member can be an emotionally taxing and stressful experience. Canadian law recognizes the inherent difficulties in balancing an employee’s desire to care for an ill family member and their...more

Is a Receiver Disqualified if He or She is Related to a Party or a Judge?

QUESTION: My cousin, who is a lawyer, asked me to act as a receiver in a case where he represents the plaintiff. Is there some prohibition on my doing so? Am I ineligible to act as receiver because of our family relationship?...more

Minnesota Enacts the Women’s Economic Security Act Imposing Many New Obligations On Employers

On Sunday, May 11, 2014, Governor Mark Dayton signed into law a package of bills dubbed the Women’s Economic Security Act (“WESA”), which will have significant implications for Minnesota employers. Many of WESA’s provisions...more

Shocker: I Hate Estate Planning

Yes, I know. It’s shocking. The gal that Alexis always talks about being in love with her practice actually hates the words “estate planning”. I hate estate planning because it conjures up the images of a bunch of...more

What A Daughter Learned From Her Dad About Working in a “Mad Men” World

Today is Take Our Daughters to Work Day, which I thought was a lost day but apparently has been re-branded to the more gender-neutral “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day.” Upon discovering that I happened to select this...more

SC Supreme Court Finds Family Member Exclusion In Florida Auto Policy Does Not Violate SC Public Policy

A Florida automobile insurance policy’s family exclusion did not violate South Carolina public policy according to an April 2014 opinion of the South Carolina Supreme Court....more

Reporting Child Abuse

Most health care providers believe they understand their duty to report child abuse, but... There are a number of overlapping and apparently conflicting public policy objectives and the legal requirements can get...more

Paid to Watch T-Ball? Proposed Amendments to Family Medical Leave Act Say Yes

Recently proposed legislation would amend the FMLA to require employers to provide unpaid leave for parental involvement and family wellness. These new proposed amendments would require employers to grant up 24 hours of...more

USAID OIG Audit of USAID/Jordan’s Strengthening Family Planning Project

Summary - The USAID Regional Inspector General (RIG)/Cairo conducted this audit as part of its fiscal year 2014 audit plan to determine whether USAID/Jordan’s Strengthening Family Planning Project is expanding access...more

Newark City Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Ordinance; Mayor Expected To Approve Measure

Executive Summary: Following Jersey City's lead, New Jersey's largest city is poised to enact an ordinance that would require employers to provide up to 40 hours per year of paid sick time to Newark employees. ...more

What Happens in Vegas . . . May Be Protected FMLA Leave

On January 28, 2014, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with a district court and found that an employee’s trip to Las Vegas with her terminally-ill mother qualified as leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act...more

Location Doesn’t Matter

The Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that where an employee provides care for a family member with a serious health condition does not matter under the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”)....more

Viva [FMLA Family Care Leave in] Las Vegas

The Seventh Circuit recently decided that a former employee's travel with her terminally ill mother to Las Vegas could be considered protected "family care" leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). In Ballard v....more

13 Changes To California Law In 2014: What Employers Need To Know

Every new year brings employment law changes for California’s employers and, while the Affordable Care Act has taken the spotlight for 2014, a vast array of employment laws deserve special attention from California employers...more

New San Francisco Ordinance Tries for Family Friendly Workplaces

In unique legislation intended to fight the flight of families from San Francisco workplaces, the city enacted an ordinance to give qualified workers the right to request flexible working arrangements....more

Wealth Management Update - January 2014

January Interest Rates for GRATs, Sales to Defective Grantor Trusts, Intra-Family Loans and Split Interest Charitable Trusts - The January § 7520 rate for use with estate planning techniques such as CRTs, CLTs, QPRTs...more

Hiring Of Foreign Officials’ Relatives – Negating Corrupt Intent

With all the hoopla over hiring of relatives of foreign officials, it is important to keep in mind the risks and how the FCPA applies. The talismanic concept for tan FCPA violation is “corrupt intent.” ...more

Oregon’s New Bereavement Leave Benefit — What Every Employer Should Know

Effective January 1, 2014, Oregon employers subject to the Oregon Family Leave Act (OFLA) must allow eligible employees to take up to two weeks of unpaid leave to deal with the death of a family member....more

And The Hits Just Keep On Coming For The ‘Sons And Daughters’ Hiring Program

About the best thing that you can say for the Houston Texans is that they did not lose on Sunday. Of course they did not play on Sunday, pathetically losing Week 14’s game last Thursday....more

Work & Family: What Nonprofit Employers Should Know about Family-Oriented Employment Laws

In this presentation: - Overview of the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) – Eligibility – Leave – Care of Covered Military Service Members – Intermittent Leave and Reduced...more

More Confusion Likely Over California's "Paid Family Leave"

Earlier this year Gov. Brown signed into law an expansion of the state's "paid family leave" benefit. While the new law does not become effective until July 1, 2014, already media outlets have reported that employees will...more

USCIS Policy Memorandum on Family-Based Automatic Conversion and Priority Date Retention

On November 21, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Policy Memorandum (Memorandum), providing guidance for properly assigning family-based priority dates in certain instances where a petitioner...more

USCIS Issues Memo on Parole in Place for Spouses, Children, and Parents of Members of the Military

On November 15, 2013, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a Memorandum amending its policy manual to ensure consistent adjudication of “parole in place” requests made for individuals who are present...more

A New Tax Law May Help Families Avoid Uncapping on Certain Inter-Family Real Property Transfers

Effective December 31, 2013, a parent can transfer residential real estate located in Michigan to his or her child without uncapping the taxable value of the property if the child continues to use the property for residential...more

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