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Finally, EADs Appear Headed to Foreign Nationals with Approved Applications

Assuming there is no further stalling or litigation by the government, Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) may finally be on their way to approximately 75,000 foreign nationals who have been waiting for them, in some cases for months, after having approved application notices in hand. In Subramanya v. USCIS, federal District Judge Algenon L. Marbley issued a... Continue Reading…
August 11, 2020

New DIR Guidance for Safe Reopening

At the end of July, the Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”) released guidance to assist with the safe reopening of businesses in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance covers the following topics: Employer Obligations to Keep the Workplace and Employees Safe Face Coverings Medical Checks Returning to the Worksite Waivers of Liability The... Continue Reading…
August 11, 2020

Class Action Trends Report Summer 2020

Employers continue to grapple with an ongoing, unprecedented public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and its after-effects, which have profoundly disrupted the nation’s economy and U.S. workplaces. In this issue, attorneys in the Class Actions & Complex Litigation Practice Group discuss the most pressing workplace class action litigation risks arising from the COVID-19 pandemic... Continue Reading…
August 10, 2020

Cal OSHA issues Updated Infection Prevention Guidance for Agricultural Employers

To assist with protecting the essential workers who work in the agricultural industry, California’s Department Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal OSHA”) issued updated guidance on coronavirus (“COVID-19”) infection prevention procedures for employers in the agricultural industry. While the guidance does not impose new legal obligations on employers, the guidance is meant... Continue Reading…
August 10, 2020

Cal OSHA issues Updated Infection Prevention Guidance for Agricultural Employers

To assist with protecting the essential workers who work in the agricultural industry, California’s Department Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“Cal OSHA”) issued updated guidance on coronavirus (“COVID-19”) infection prevention procedures for employers in the agricultural industry. Read our full article on the guidance here. Continue Reading…
August 10, 2020

Travelers from New York Allowed into Trusted Traveler Programs Again

New Yorkers can once again register for Trusted Traveler Programs. However, registrants should note that, due to COVID-19, Trusted Traveler Enrollment Centers are closed until at least September 8, 2020. In early February 2020, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prohibited New Yorkers from registering or re-registering for Trusted Traveler Programs, including Global Entry, SENTI,... Continue Reading…
August 7, 2020

New Filing Fees Effective October 2

New USCIS filing fees will go into effect on October 2, 2020, under a new final rule published by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the Federal Register on August 3, 2020. This rule raises fees by a weighted average of 20% and changes the current fee structure to impose specific fees per visa... Continue Reading…
August 4, 2020

Will the Public Health Emergency Privacy Act Make it into the Next Stimulus Package?

Despite several attempts, Congress has struggled to push forward a federal consumer privacy law over the past few years. But the COVID-19 pandemic, which has raised concerns regarding location monitoring, GPS tracking and use of health data, has heightened the urgency for federal consumer privacy legislation. In May, a group of Democrats from the U.S.... Continue Reading…
August 3, 2020

H-1B Update: Administration to Increase Scrutiny, Investigations

Employers need to ready themselves for investigations from the Department of Labor (DOL) into the use of H-1B visas. Without Congressional oversight or legislative changes, the Trump Administration has changed the policies for H-1Bs, resulting in the highest denial rate in history of this legal immigration program. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic national emergency, the... Continue Reading…
August 3, 2020

New York District Court Vacates Parts of FFCRA Regulations Including Healthcare Provider Definition

Shortly after the Department of Labor issued its FFCRA regulations, the state of New York filed a lawsuit challenging some of the provisions.  Today (four months after the regulations went into effect, and just five months before the FFCRA is set to expire), the federal district court in New York struck down four provisions in... Continue Reading…
August 3, 2020

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