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Getting a Green Card Just Got Tougher: USCIS Will Now Interview All Employment-Based Adjustment of Status Applicants

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced a new policy requiring all adjustment of status applicants seeking employment-based green cards to appear for an interview at a USCIS field office. The...more

The Demise of DACA – What It Means for Employers

The Trump administration has announced that it will end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which has provided removal protection (i.e., from deportation) and temporary work permits to nearly 800,000...more

New I-9 (And We Are Not Talking About Bingo) – Employers Should Look For New Form by September 18

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new version of the Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9 that employers will need to start using soon. As all employers know, the I-9 is the form used to...more

Thawing the ICE: Using Internal Audits to Reduce Form I-9 Exposure

As the 100-day mark of President Trump’s tenure approaches, it’s clear that the new administration intends to take a tough, aggressive approach to immigration enforcement – and employers are sure to feel the heat. The...more

You Mean It’s Un-American to Hire Only Americans? DOJ Issues Final Rule on Unfair Immigration-Related Employment Practices

If you thought it would be safer to require every new hire to be an American citizen—think again. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has a new rule revising its prior regulations on Section 274B of the Immigration and...more

What Employers Can Expect from the New Administration – Part 2: Immigration, the Affordable Care Act & Social Issues

In our second in a three-part series on what to expect from the Trump administration, we discuss immigration policy and the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as well as what may be in store for parental leave, marriage equality and...more

January 22, 2017: Out with the Old and In with the New Form I-9

The long awaited new Form I-9 is here — recently published by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Employers must begin using the new form (edition date 11/14/2016), no later than January 22, 2017. Until...more

Fines Increasing: Fresh Incentive for Employer Immigration Law Compliance

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued an interim final rule that increases significantly the monetary fines assessed against employers for violations of federal immigration law. Under the Immigration Reform and...more

Employer Strategies for the DOL’s New Overtime Rule

In a recent post, my partner, Anne Yuengert, wrote about the DOL’s new overtime rule and the changes that go into effect December 1, 2016. Most significantly, the rule increases the minimum salary requirement for the...more

Form I-9 Compliance: Tips for Employers to Avoid Liability

Employers are required under federal immigration law to verify the employment eligibility of new employees by reviewing acceptable documents provided by the employee—to establish the employee’s identity and work...more

The Form I-9 Has “Expired”: What’s an Employer to Do?

Federal law requires employers to verify the work authorization of new employees by reviewing acceptable documentation provided by the employee and then completing an Employment Eligibility Verification (commonly known as...more

4/22/2016  /  Hiring & Firing , I-9 , USCIS

So Nice, You’re Considered Employed Twice: DOL on Joint Employment

On January 20, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) Wage and Hour Division issued an Administrator’s Interpretation that provides fresh guidance for determining when two or more entities will be considered joint...more

Geotechnical Report in Solicitation Bars Federal Contractor’s Recovery for Unfavorable Soil Conditions

In Old Veteran Construction, Inc. v. United States, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims dismissed a federal contractor’s claim for damages, which the contractor contended were due because of unexpected soil conditions...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

Department of Homeland Security Regulation Benefitting STEM Employers Thrown into Question

A federal district judge recently issued a 37-page decision vacating a 2008 Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulation that has helped thousands of U.S. companies hire and retain foreign students holding U.S. degrees in...more

Employee or Independent Contractor: The DOL Weighs in on Worker

With the prevalence of companies providing ‘‘on demand’’ services today, the temptation to classify workers as independent contractors rather than employees has perhaps never been greater, attorneys Keith Covington and John...more

Contractor Barred from Using the “Total Cost” or “Modified Total Cost” Approach to Establish Delay Claim

In a recent ruling, Hill York Service Corporation v. Critchfield Mechanical, Inc., the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida held that a contractor may not establish damages for delay under either the...more

Employees vs. Independent Contractors: The DOL Weighs in on Worker Misclassification

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Administrator’s Interpretation that provides some important new guidance on the standard for classifying workers—as employees or independent contractors—under the Fair...more

The NLRB Expands Employee Protections Yet Again: Will There Be Anything Left Not Considered Protected Concerted Activity?

Continuing a trend we’ve reported on in previous blog posts, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recently handed down yet another decision expanding the protections afforded to employees under the National Labor...more

Religious Discrimination Suit Over Muslim Job Applicant’s Hijab; U.S. Supreme Court Rules Against Abercrombie & Fitch

In a ruling handed down yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court sided with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in a religious discrimination case against the popular clothing retailer, Abercrombie & Fitch Stores,...more

President Obama Vetoes Congressional Resolution Aimed at Blocking the NLRB’s “Quickie Election” Rule

On March 31, 2015, President Obama used the fourth veto of his presidency to prevent passage of S.J. Res. 8, a congressional resolution aimed at blocking implementation of the NLRB’s “Quickie Election” Rule. The NLRB Rule,...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

Union Avoidance in The Face of the NLRB’s New “Quickie Election” Rule

This past December, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued its Final Rule implementing an accelerated process for conducting union representation elections—the “Quickie Election” Rule. The new regulations are to go...more

Obama’s Executive Actions on Immigration to Affect the Hiring and Retention of Highly Skilled Foreign Employees

The executive actions on immigration that President Obama announced in late November include a hodgepodge of new policies and directives that will impact millions of foreign nationals—both documented and undocumented—now...more

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