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Beltway Buzz - October, 2017 #3

Deal or No Deal? Bipartisan ACA Agreement Faces Challenges. A bipartisan agreement forged by senators Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Patty Murray (D-WA) that would temporarily restore funding for cost-sharing reductions (CSRs) is...more

New Law Governs Immigrant Worksite Enforcement Actions in California

by Littler on

On October 5, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 450 (“AB 450”), imposing new requirements for public and private employers regarding immigration worksite enforcement actions by Immigration...more

Trump’s Third Travel Ban Suspended In Part

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: Federal judges in Hawaii and Maryland have issued orders blocking major portions of President Trump’s September 24, 2017 Presidential Proclamation....more

Under Pressure: Form I-9 Compliance Increasingly Important as ICE Quadruples Workplace Enforcement

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Thomas Homan announced during a speech at the Heritage Foundation that he has instructed ICE to increase immigration enforcement at workplaces by four to five...more

ICE Director Confirms Significant Increase in Workplace Immigration Enforcement

by Baker Donelson on

Thomas Homan, Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said his agency has plans to increase workplace immigration enforcement. In a speech to the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Homan...more

State and Justice Departments to Share Information on Employment-Based Visa Fraud

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

As part of the Trump Administration’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order, the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs (BCA) is joining with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division to combat both...more

What’s New in Immigration Law?

by Dickinson Wright on

USCIS Permits Certain EAD Applicants to apply for a Social Security Number on Form I-765 - Based on a new information-sharing partnership between U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and the Social Security...more

With Governor Brown’s Signature, California Employers Face a Gauntlet of New Laws

by Littler on

The October 15, 2017 deadline has come and gone for Governor Jerry Brown to weigh the bills passed by the California legislature this year. Governor Brown has now signed into law a jaw-dropping number of bills that pertain to...more

California Employers Face Significant New Requirements - Banning The Box And Prohibiting Pay History Inquiries Among New State...

by Fisher Phillips on

California employers will soon need to adjust themselves to a new reality once again as a number of new workplace restrictions have been passed by the state legislature and just signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. State...more

2017 Labor & Employment Legislative Update: It’s Finally Over! (For Now…)

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: New statutory obligations for California employers in 2018 will include prohibitions on inquiries into applicants’ salary and conviction histories, expanding CFRA to employees of smaller employers,...more

MAGA or Else: Trump DOJ Goes After Employer

by Baker Donelson on

In an Executive Order dated April 18, 2017, President Trump announced that it "shall be the policy of the executive branch to buy American and hire American." If an employer does not "hire American," it may find itself the...more

5 New Laws: California Governor Approves Employee-Friendly Laws

The 2017 California Legislature adjourned on September 15, 2017, and resulted in more than 700 bills being sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for approval. Although the deadline for the Governor to sign new bills into law...more

Window on Washington - This Week in the Nation's Capital - Vol. 1, Issue 30

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House Passes Bill on Disaster Funding: House Republicans easily passed a supplemental spending bill that included $36.5 billion of disaster aid with a vote of 353-69 after some initial worries on Thursday afternoon that it...more

White House Releases Trump Administration Immigration Policy Priorities

by Littler on

On October 8, 2017, the White House released a list of immigration priorities addressing border security, interior enforcement, and a merit-based immigration system. The priority list calls for the hiring of 10,000 ICE...more

Trump Administration’s U.S. Interior Deportations Jump 34 Percent. Employers and Immigrants Must Be Proactive.

The Washington Post reported that deportations of undocumented immigrants living in the United States have significantly increased under President Trump’s Administration. The rise is attributable to increased immigration...more

EB-5 Program Is Extended Without Changes Until December 8, 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

On September 8, President Trump signed into law H.R. 601 which will keep the U.S. federal government open through December 8, 2017. As a result, the EB-5 Regional Center Program is now extended until such date without any...more

Beltway Buzz - October, 2017

Tax Reform Gets Under Way; Special Interest Groups Already Bustling.As soon as the Republican-controlled Congress cast aside (however momentarily) its attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to focus on tax reform,...more

California Responds to Increased Federal Immigration Enforcement Actions

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On October 5, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 450. With the passage of this bill, California becomes the first state in the nation to enact a law prohibiting employers from providing voluntary assistance to...more

California Becomes a “Sanctuary State,” Restricts Employer Cooperation With Federal Immigration Authorities

On Thursday, October 5th, California Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law nearly a dozen new immigration-related bills, including AB 450, which prohibits employers from cooperating with federal immigration authorities in the...more

New California Law Imposes Obligations on Employers During Immigration Worksite Enforcement

by Fisher Phillips on

On October 5, Governor Brown signed AB 450, which will go into effect on January 1, 2018. Among other things, AB 450 prohibits employers from voluntary consenting to ICE access to the worksite without a judicial warrant,...more

Timing is Everything

In immigration news, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 that it has resumed its premium processing program for all H-1B visa petitions. USCIS had previously suspended...more

Travel Ban, Take 3

President Trump has issued another update to the travel ban first introduced on January 27, 2017 and reissued on March 6, 2017. Presidential Proclamation 9645 Enhancing Vetting Capabilities and Processes for Detecting...more

Immigration Fact and Fiction for the U.S. Employer: Abrupt Change to Advance Parole Adjudications Without Clear Policy Objective –...

A learned colleague, Rob Cohen blogged, what could be called “a cry into the wilderness” in 2014 suggesting that the regulation at 8 C.F.R.§245.23(j) be amended so that an individual who departed the United States before an...more

USCIS: H-1B Premium Processing for Certain H-1B Visa Petitions Accepted and Pending under 2018 Cap Resumes

Following the Administration’s March 2017 halt to premium processing for H1-B Premium Processing services, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) announced the premium processing halt on certain H-1B...more

President Trump Issues Proclamation that Restricts Travel to the US by Certain Nationals from Eight Countries

by Hogan Lovells on

On Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017, President Trump signed a presidential proclamation (the Proclamation) laying out restrictions on the entry of nationals from eight countries into the United States using certain types of immigrant...more

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