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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

H-2B Cap Increase Temporarily Eases Pain of Returning Worker Exemption Expiration

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The H-2B visa program allows businesses in the United States to sponsor foreign nationals for a temporary visa to work in nonagricultural jobs. The H-2B program is popular among employers in the hospitality, tourism, and...more

DHS Allows One-Time Increase in H-2B Guest Worker Visas for Fiscal Year 2017

On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Labor (DOL) increased the numerical limit (or “cap”) on H-2B visas by up to 15,000 additional visas through the end of fiscal year (FY) 2017....more

Special Immigration Alert - July 2017

by Epstein Becker & Green on

USCIS Releases Revised Version of Form I-9 and Accompanying Form I-9 Handbook for Employers - On July 17, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) released a new version of Form I-9. Form I-9 is used...more

Additional 15,000 Visas for H-2B Temporary Nonagricultural Workers for FY 2017

Effective upon publication by the Federal Register on Wednesday, July 19, 2017, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has authorized the one-time issuance of an additional 15,000 H-2B visas for Temporary Nonagricultural...more

15,000 Increase In H-2B Visas Comes With Strings Attached

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

An additional 15,000 H-2B visas will be released in response to industry demand. The USCIS will begin accepting petitions on July 19, 2017, for the fiscal year which ends on September 30, 2017. Petitions will be accepted...more

Immigration Updates: July 18, 2017

by Miller Canfield on

New Edition of Form I-9 Issued - USCIS has implemented a revised Form I-9 effective July 17, 2017. Employers have until Sept. 17, 2017, to discontinue use of the Nov. 14, 2016, edition of the Form I-9 but employers are...more

DHS Releases 15,000 More H-2B Visas For Temporary Seasonal Workers

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

DHS announced on July 17, 2017, a one-time increase of 15,000 H-2B visas – still short of the number Congress had authorized. Given visa processing times, it may already be too late for businesses that rely on the summer...more

ICE is coming for Undocumented Workers – How to Prevent Corporate Frostbite

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Whatever your political views, undocumented workers and the businesses that knowingly or unknowingly employ them are coming under the microscope. If you compile recent headlines, you’ll know the President has implemented...more

Labor Secretary Announces Aggressive Stance on Visa Fraud and Abuse

by Littler on

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta has announced that the Department of Labor (DOL) will more aggressively enforce laws governing the administration and enforcement of non-immigrant visa programs. The DOL will continue to...more

No Immigration Surprises in President’s Proposed Budget - Mandatory E-Verify, Boosted Enforcement Among Priority Requests

by Fisher Phillips on

President Trump’s proposed budget released by the White House earlier this week contains no real surprises when it comes to the immigration provisions. The budget supports President Trump’s promises to increase immigration...more

Congressional Spending Bill Reauthorizes Important Immigration Programs

by Littler on

On May 4, 2017, Congress passed an appropriations bill to fund the federal government through Fiscal Year 2017. The bill also extended four immigration programs through September 30, 2017. These programs are E-VERIFY, the...more

Spending Bill Would Fund Government E-Verify, Certain Visa Programs through End of Fiscal Year

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Back in December, President Barack Obama signed a stop-gap spending bill to keep the government running through April 28, 2017.  Immigration programs that were extended at that time included the Conrad 30 Waiver, the...more

Weekly Update Newsletter - April 2017

by PilieroMazza PLLC on

SMALL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION - Small Business Size Standards; Adoption of 2017 North American Industry Classification System for Size Standards - The U.S. Small Business Administration (“SBA”) has issued a proposed...more

Buy American and Hire American and the H-1B Lottery

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

On April 18, President Trump signed an Executive Order labeled the “Buy American and Hire American” initiative. Federal agencies are already subject to certain laws and regulations which require or give preference to American...more

H-2B Visas Crisis

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The H-2B visa program is used extensively in tourist locations to hire foreign workers for “the season” to do temporary nonagricultural work. There are 66,000 H-2B visas available annually – half for the summer season and...more

Top 20 Immigration Compliance Tips For Hospitality Employers

by Fisher Phillips on

Recent events have made clear that immigration compliance will be a main focus for the Trump administration. The hospitality industry has always been a target for such investigations and we expect the scrutiny to increase in...more

What constitutes a worksite for H-2B purposes?

The issue of multiple worksites presents a conundrum for many employers. As a result, the Department of Labor’s Office of Foreign Labor Certification (OFLC) recently issued guidance for H-2B positions (such as landscapers,...more

Fines for I-9 and Other Immigration Violations Have Increased as of August 1, 2016

by Littler on

The U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS), Labor (DOL) and Justice (DOJ) have increased the civil fines for employers that commit immigration-related offenses, such as unfair employment or discrimination practices, H-1B...more

Getting It Right: Maximizing Yield While Minimizing the Risk in Hiring Farm Labor

by K&L Gates LLP on

Agricultural producers and processors throughout the United States face significant pressure to ensure their operations comply with federal and state labor laws. Increasing demand for U.S.-grown goods and local labor...more

New Regulations Increase Fines for Immigration-Related Violations

by Cozen O'Connor on

Recently, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an interim final rule that will increase fines on U.S. employers for violations of federal immigration law. The rule has the potential to substantially increase penalties...more

Immigration Laws Stifle US Business

US immigration laws have not been created with the growing global economy’s need for foreign talent in mind, and should be reformed to promote hiring the best minds for the US economy. With globalization of the modern...more

Emergency H-2B Processing Available For Another Month

by Baker Donelson on

The Department of Labor (DOL) has announced that it will continue to accept emergency requests until midnight on April 29, 2016, for H-2B applications filed on or between April 2 and April 29, 2016. This extension is due to...more

Immigration Update: Trying to Cut the Red Tape: Department of Labor Announces Emergency Procedures for Backlogged H-2B...

by Baker Donelson on

The Department of Labor (DOL) has recently been experiencing considerable delays in its processing of applications for H-2B status for temporary nonimmigrant workers. The H-2B program allows U.S. employers to bring foreign...more

Carnival company voluntarily dismissed from H-2B prevailing wage class action

by Cozen O'Connor on

Last week, plaintiffs from a proposed class action involving H-2B visa guest workers voluntarily dismissed a Florida amusement park company from the pending litigation. The case involves the prevailing wage rate offered to...more

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