Labor & Employment E-Note - April 2021

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Presidential Proclamation Restricting the Issuance of Certain H, J, and L Visas Expires

On June 22, 2020, the Trump Administration announced Presidential Proclamation 10052 ("PP 10052"), which suspended the issuance of many H, J, and L visas at U.S. Embassies and Consulates. The ban was originally set to expire on December 31, 2020, but the Trump Administration extended the effective date through March 31, 2021. PP 10052 was implemented as a measure to protect workers in the United States amid high unemployment rates caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, many foreign nationals were prevented from applying for a visa to enter and work in the United States and/or were required to demonstrate they were entitled to an exception to PP 10052.

Recently, President Biden declined to extend PP 10052, resulting in the restrictions' expiration on March 31, 2021. Foreign nationals can now schedule non-immigrant visa appointments and apply for an H, J or L visa.

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COBRA Without the Bite

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed into law the American Rescue Plan Act. The American Rescue Plan Act mandated several important changes for both employers and employees. One of these is potentially significant for both: full subsidies for employer-paid COBRA premiums.

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PPP Loan Application Date Extended by Congress

President Biden has signed the PPP Extension Act of 2021. The new law extends the Paycheck Protection Program ("PPP") application filing deadline from March 31, 2021 to May 31, 2021. The new law gives qualifying businesses and individuals more time to apply for a PPP loan.

While this new law does not increase the amount of funding available for PPP loans, Congress did authorize $7.25 billion in additional PPP funding under the recent American Rescue Plan Act.

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South Carolina Employment Law Letter: Top 5 Immigration Expectations Under the Biden Presidency

Burr attorneys Melissa Azallion Kenny and Jonathan Eggert wrote an article, "Top 5 Immigration Expectations Under the Biden Presidency" which was featured in the April 2021 issue of the South Carolina Employment Law Letter.

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