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New Template Makes It Easier for Employers to Provide Notice Under California's Immigrant Worker Protection Act

by FordHarrison on

In a development welcomed by employers state-wide, the California Labor Commissioners Office released a template notice form for California’s recently enacted Immigrant Worker Protection Act well in advance of the July 1,...more

California as a Sanctuary State: Restrictions on Employers’ Compliance with Federal Immigration Actions

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

In October 2017, California passed the widely publicized Senate Bill 54, the unofficial “sanctuary state” bill, which bars state and local law enforcement agencies from asking people about their immigration status. Another...more

New York Court Blocks DACA Demise

On February 13, 2018, a U.S. district court in New York issued a nationwide preliminary injunction halting the Trump administration’s efforts to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Donald...more

IBIC Pushes for Solutions As the Clock Continues to Tick

by Ronald Shapiro on

The Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) and other business leaders are currently working against President Trump’s difficult immigration policies, and are asking for Congress’s assistance. The IBIC consistent with...more

USCIS Memorandum On Qualifying ‘Economist’ Under NAFTA TN Classification Raises Questions

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

NAFTA’s TN nonimmigrant classification permits qualified Canadian and Mexican citizens to seek temporary entry into the U.S. to engage in business activities at a professional level. One TN-qualifying profession is that of an...more

New California Law: Employers Must “Resist” Federal Immigration Agents

by Hogan Lovells on

Effective January 1, 2018, the California Immigrant Worker Protection Act (the “Act”) requires private and public employers to “resist” informal worksite inspections by federal immigration enforcement agents....more

Beltway Buzz - February, 2018 #2

Déjà Vu All Over Again? It is perhaps fitting that last Friday was Groundhog Day, as this week we relived the same government funding battle that we went through just a few weeks ago. Thankfully, because the shutdown card has...more

Stopgap Spending Bill Ends Second Federal Government Shutdown in Less than a Month

by Cozen O'Connor on

A brief federal government shutdown ended Friday as the House and the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (the “CR”) which provides a bipartisan budget bill that raises spending caps for two years and funds the federal...more

President Trump’s Four Pillars for Immigration Reform

In his first State of the Union address on Tuesday January 30, 2018, President Donald Trump highlighted his plan for immigration reform, which consists of four pillars: (1) creating a path to citizenship for DREAMers, (2)...more

Beltway Buzz - February, 2018

“Okay, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties ‘cause it’s cooooold out there today.” Here is your Groundhog Day Beltway Buzz...more

[Webinar] US Immigration - A One Year Look Back - February 14th, 1:00pm CT

Following President Trump’s Executive Orders promising to toughen US immigration policy, the executive agencies that administer US immigration laws have issued new policy statements and are promulgating new regulations that...more

State of the Union Address Reaffirms Newly Released Framework for Immigration Reform and Border Security

by Littler on

During his January 30, 2018 State of the Union address, President Trump reaffirmed his commitment to the administration’s immigration reform and border security framework....more

Howard’s Weekly Roundup - January 27 - Part 1.

by Fisher Phillips on

Thanks for the input on topics you’d like to see and on your own observations to reference in the weekly Update. In order to keep this report short, we’re shifting most book, movie and certain other categories to the full...more

The Weekly Round-Up: Skilled Immigrants Dominate Silicon Valley, White House Squares Off Against Sanctuary Cities, and Immigrant...

Immigrant Workers a Majority in Silicon Valley - Silicon Valley, known around the globe as a technology hub with headquarters for many companies, including Google and Apple, is heavily dependent on foreign skilled...more

Stopgap Bill to End Government Shutdown passes Congress, extends EB-5 Program 3 weeks

by Cozen O'Connor on

The federal government shutdown came to an end as the House and the Senate passed a Continuing Resolution (the “CR”) which extended the Federal budget until February 8, 2018. The President signed the bill late Monday night. ...more

How a Federal Government Shutdown Affects U.S. Employment-Based Immigration

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

After a brief federal government shutdown over the weekend, the Senate and the House voted on January 22, 2018, on a temporary spending bill that will fund the government until February 8, 2018. The President signed the bill...more

The ICEman Cometh? Recent War of Words Puts California Employers in the Crosshairs of National Immigration Debate

by Fisher Phillips on

Immigration has been a major flashpoint between California and the Trump Administration during the past year. In 2017, the California Legislature passed significant legislation impacting how California employers deal with...more

The Government Has Shut Down. Now What?

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Congress was unable to agree on a spending bill and the US government has shut down as of midnight, January 19th. This leaves many wondering how immigration benefits are impacted. The general rule is that those services that...more

Implications of a Government Shutdown

by Strasburger & Price, LLP on

On January 20, 2018, the US Government formally shutdown pending approval of a federal spending bill by Congress. Though it appears Congress is working towards passage of a stop gap spending bill, in the interim, the shutdown...more

DACA Renewals in the Wake of the Federal Court Preliminary Injunction

by Wilson Elser on

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) allows prosecutorial discretion to defer a deportation action of undocumented individuals brought to the United States as children. While it does not confer legal status and may...more

The U.S. Government is Shut Down but Most Immigration Agencies are Operating

by Clark Hill PLC on

As the U.S. Government shutdown begins, many are left wondering about how such a shutdown may impact immigration-related agencies. The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is impacted the most. Typically, if a U.S. government...more

Government Shutdown Is Over, For Now

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Congress reached agreement and voted to end the government shutdown at least until February 8, 2018. In case another impasse occurs, this is how a federal government shutdown would affect immigration....more

E-Verify Unavailable Due to Government Shutdown

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Due to the federal government shutdown E-Verify — the electronic employment eligibility verification program that compliments the Form I-9 — is unavailable. This means, among other things, that employers cannot access their...more

Beltway Buzz - January, 2018 #3

Shutdown Showdown. Trying to keep track of the media reports on the negotiations being conducted to avoid a government shutdown has the Buzz feeling as confused as Lou Costello in his famous routine with his partner Bud...more

Amid Potential Changes, Employers Prepare for H-1B Filing Season 2018

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

With changes in late 2017, many employers are gearing up for H-1B season on April 1, 2018. The H-1B visa allows foreign nationals to work in occupations that require at least a U.S. Bachelor’s Degree (or foreign equivalent)...more

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