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February Forecast Calls For Persistent ICE Immigration Raids Across The Country - Employers Need To Prepare Now To Avoid Federal...

by Fisher Phillips on

Federal enforcement officials are amplifying their efforts to crack down on undocumented workers and the businesses that employ them, as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have raided over 120 businesses in...more

Employment Law 2017 Year in Review

by Barley Snyder on

While the buzz and publicity on the issue has been mainly contained to the worlds of politics, media and entertainment, with recognizable names such as Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and Louis C.K. all facing...more

New California Form Helps Employers Comply With Immigrant Worker Protection Act

The California Labor Commissioner’s Office has released a template notice form to help employers comply with the posting requirements under California Labor Code section 90.2(a)(1), also known as the Immigrant Worker...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

California Labor Commissioner And Attorney General Jointly Answer “Frequently Asked Questions” On Immigration Sweeps

by Weintraub Tobin on

In case you haven’t noticed, immigration has been a hot topic of discussion in the news lately. While debates over Dreamers and the wall have dominated those discussions, the workplace has been swept into it all as well. On...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

Employment Law Reporter February 2018: California Pushes Back Against Federal Immigration Agenda with AB 450

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

On January 1, 2018, California’s new Immigrant Worker Protection Act, Assembly Bill 450, became effective. The law prohibits both public and private employers from providing voluntary consent to workplace raids by immigration...more

Employer Alert – The Fiscal Year 2019 H-1B Visa Season is Almost Here

Employers who hire foreign workers may already be familiar with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States. USCIS is also responsible for...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

Surge Of ICE Raids Expected In California Following State Adoption Of Immigration Laws

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

California seems to be at odds with the Trump Administration over many subjects, including the legalization of marijuana, the expansion of off-shore drilling, the elimination of state and local tax deductions, and...more

USCIS Announces a Valentine’s Day Credit Card Payment Option

by Dickinson Wright on

On February 14, 2018, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will accept credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover) payments for forty-one fee based forms. Notably, the I-129...more

US Department of State Releases March 2018 Visa Bulletin

by Morgan Lewis on

Cutoff dates for all employment-based categories show minimal advancement. The US Department of State has released its March 2018 Visa Bulletin setting out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa...more

ICE Inspections – What Employers Need to Know After AB 450

With the recent news regarding ICE raids on 7-11’s across the country, rumors of raids targeted at Northern California businesses and California’s Attorney General announcing plans to prosecute employers for violation of new...more

H-1B Visa Filing Deadline: April 1, 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

New H-1B visa petitions for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which begins Oct. 1, 2018, will be accepted for filing starting on April 1, 2018, which means employers should have their H-1B visa petitions ready to be sent to U.S....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

California Labor Department Releases Form For Employers Responding To Immigration Agency Inspection

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

California’s public and private employers are prohibited from voluntarily consenting to a federal immigration enforcement agent’s request to enter nonpublic areas in the workplace or to voluntarily allow the agent access to...more

H-1B Cap: Critical Filing Dates for FY 2019

by Littler on

Employers seeking to sponsor H-1B workers for Fiscal Year 2019 can begin filing petitions on April 2, 2018 (April 1 is a Sunday), for a start date of October 1, 2018. ...more

DLSE Publishes Voluntary Template for Required Employer AB 450 Notice

by Fisher Phillips on

Last year Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 450 – the “Immigrant Worker Protection Act” – to prohibit employers from voluntarily consenting to federal immigration agency access to worksites without a judicial warrant,...more

Web Exclusive: January 2018: The Top 18 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 were an unprecedented number of changes each month in 2017—and if January is any...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

It’s Time to Start Preparing for H-1B Cap Season

by Williams Mullen on

The H-1B visa program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in “specialty occupations.” Essentially, a specialty occupation is a professional position that requires an individual to...more

You Win the FY 2019 H-1B Lottery: Are Your Worries Behind You?

by Shipman & Goodwin LLP on

The answer to this question is “not necessarily.” After the FY 2018 H-lB lottery, many participating U.S. employers and beneficiaries breathed a sigh of relief and gave a hearty cheer when their checks for the H-1B filing...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

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