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US Department of State Releases December 2017 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

EB-1 remains current; “Dates for Filing” chart remains stagnant. The US Department of State has released its December 2017 Visa Bulletin, setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

Agency Heads Discuss Changes in Regulatory Direction During Federalist Society Panel

by Littler on

The current leaders of the Department of Labor, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and National Labor Relations Board addressed transitions and regulatory plans at their respective agencies at a November 16 forum. ...more

Protect and Grow American Jobs Act: New H-1B Bill Targeted at Dependent Employers

by Foley Hoag LLP on

On November 15, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee approved The Protect and Grow American Jobs Act (H.R. 170), which primarily affects “H-1B dependent” employers. The bill revises the definition of a dependent H-1B employer...more

Deportation and Employment Enforcement Likely to Increase with Nomination of New Director for ICE

Worksite immigration enforcement is likely to increase dramatically in the near future, and employers should make a thorough review of their hiring and employment practices to ensure they are compliant with federal laws and...more

The Latest Turn in the Travel Ban Road

A few weeks ago, we wrote about the latest district court decisions involving the President’s so-called travel ban, in which a Hawaii court fully enjoined the proclamation, while a Maryland court allowed it to stand as to...more

Ready or Not, Here It Comes! 2018 Brings New Labor & Employment Laws, Primarily at the State Level

by Littler on

As we prepare to turn the calendar to 2018, employers look ahead to the next wave of labor and employment regulations. On January 1, 2018, and throughout the coming year, employers across the nation will confront a host of...more

All Signs Point to an Increase in Worksite Enforcement in 2018

by Foley Hoag LLP on

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Thomas Homan recently announced that ICE would increase worksite audits by “four or five times” in the next year. This comes after a January Executive order and a more...more

USCIS Issues Scam Alert for Employers

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is warning that some employers are receiving scam emails requesting Form I-9 information. The emails appear to come from USCIS, from a fraudulent email address:...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP is pleased to provide you with the Compliance News Flash, brought to you each Friday. This weekly update is your source for timely background screening and immigration-related news that is important...more

Are You Using the Most Current I-9?

by Foley Hoag LLP on

This past summer, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released another new version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, which went into effect on September 18, 2017. The corresponding M-274...more

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Honduras

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Elaine Duke announced that she is unable to determine at this time whether to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Honduras.  Given this, TPS...more

ICE Director: “We’re Taking Work Site Enforcement Very Hard This Year.” Promises to Significantly Increase the Immigration...

In a speech at the Heritage Foundation, Thomas Homan, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), echoed the Administration’s immigration enforcement focus on employers as a crucial part of curbing...more

Immigration Alert: DHS Terminates Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguans

Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Elaine Duke has announced the termination of the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designation for Nicaragua. Secretary Duke delayed the termination for 12 months...more

Paris Embassy Announces Change to the Golden Arrow Program

The U.S. Embassy in Paris has announced a minor change to its Golden Arrow program, affecting French-owned companies that are incorporated in the United States. Effective immediately, French E visa applicants under the Golden...more

Employers Should Prepare Now for Increased ICE Enforcement

by Littler on

Increased immigration enforcement and a reduction in illegal entry into the United States remain among the Trump administration's highest priorities. Notably, Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan has reportedly ordered Homeland...more

National Origin Discrimination: California to up the Ante

by LeClairRyan on

Remember the travel ban? The Wall? Ramped up deportations? California is moving to counter and guard against potential negative employment consequences for foreign-born workers and more. The California Department of Fair...more

USCIS Will Begin Accepting Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2019 on April 2, 2018

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept new H-1B petitions subject to the annual quota for fiscal year 2019 (FY 2019) starting April 2, 2018. Because April 1, 2018 falls on a Sunday, USCIS will accept...more

California Shields Workers From Immigration Enforcement While On The Job

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Effective January 1, 2018, new obligations will be imposed on California employers to shield their employees from immigration enforcement efforts in the workplace. Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 450 along with Senate Bill 54,...more

A promising solution for employers hiring foreign talent: An analysis of the Global Skills Strategy

by DLA Piper on

It has been widely recognized that Canadian employers, particularly high-growth companies, need a faster and more predictable process for attracting top global talent in order to increase economic growth, create more jobs and...more

What Employers Need to Know About Employment-Based Green Card Interviews

by Foley Hoag LLP on

Based on President Trump’s Executive Order 13780, "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States," USCIS has implemented a new policy to interview all employment-based adjustment of status...more

California Employers: Stuck Between Federal and State Form I-9 Laws. What is California’s AB 450?

With growing federal employment immigration enforcement, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law AB-450, the California Immigration Worksite Enforcement Act. AB-450 imposes requirements on all California...more

Global IT Company Settles Years of Federal and State Immigration Investigations - $24 Million in Fines Paid.

Infosys, a global consulting and IT services company, with operations in 45 countries, recently reported an agreement with the State of New York to settle allegations that Infosys failed to pay hundreds of foreign workers who...more

Compliance News Flash

by Arnall Golden Gregory LLP on

This week’s Compliance News Flash features information on New York City’s pay equity law, stats on FCRA litigation, personnel moves at the Federal Trade Commission, news about a Form I-9 scam, and information about my...more

October 2017: The Top 11 Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While the law always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, there have been an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017. October was no...more

H-4 EAD in Jeopardy?

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

In February 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) issued a rule permitting certain persons maintaining H-4 nonimmigrant status to apply for and, if eligible, receive employment authorization from DHS. Employment...more

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