Regulatory

Homeland Security halts H-2B visa cap rule

|April 8th, 2020|

The Department of Homeland Security last week announced via Twitter that it has put on hold its March rule expanding access to H-2B visas.

H-1B: USCIS makes FY 2021 selections

|April 1st, 2020|

USCIS has conducted its 2021 H-1B lottery and selected petitioners should have received notification. Meanwhile, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the agency is offering petitioners more time to respond to RFE and NOID notifications.

Families First Coronavirus Response Act: Pay attention

|March 25th, 2020|

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act was signed by President Trump last week. While it is mostly aimed at direct employees, contingent workforce programs should carefully review it for possible responsibilities.

UK immigration policy in the post-Brexit world

|March 25th, 2020|

When the UK finalizes its exit from the European Union January 2021, its immigration policy will look different as the country shifts its focus to attracting higher-skilled labor.

H-1B visa pre-registration window closes; premium processing for FY2020 suspended

|March 25th, 2020|

US Citizenship and Immigration Services closed the H-1B electronic registration period for all cap-subject H-1B petitions for fiscal year 2021; premium processing for current H-1Bs is suspended due to Covid-19.
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Cisco agrees to $4.75 million pay-equity settlement

|March 18th, 2020|

Cisco Systems Inc. will pay $4.75 million in lost wages and interest, and pay-equity adjustments after the US DOL claimed the company paid women, black and Hispanic employees less than comparable male and white employees in similar positions.
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H-1B: USCIS delays 2021 premium processing

|March 18th, 2020|

US Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday the temporary suspension of premium processing for fiscal year 2021 cap-subject H-1B petitions.
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USCIS H-1B denial ‘improper,’ judge rules

|March 11th, 2020|

A federal judge ruled US Citizenship and Immigration Services improperly denied an H-1B petition after the agency claimed the position did not qualify as a “specialty occupation,” Forbes reported.
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The $60 million security check

|March 4th, 2020|

Apple must pay employees for time spent awaiting and undergoing routine security checks in a ruling that is at odds with a US Supreme Court ruling on a similar case involving temporary workers undergoing post-shift security screens.
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State AGs sue to stop DOL joint-employer rule

|March 4th, 2020|

Attorneys general from 17 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit last week to stop the US Department of Labor’s new joint-employer rule.
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