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Forrest G. Read IV

Principal
Raleigh

P 919-760-6460
F 919-760-6461
Forrest.Read@jacksonlewis.com

Biography

Forrest Read is a Principal in the Raleigh, North Carolina, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. He has extensive experience in both business immigration law and employment law and has particular focus in legal issues in graduate medical education (GME).

Mr. Read's immigration practice focuses on assisting employers in obtaining employment-based nonimmigrant visas (e.g., H-1B, L, O, TN) for foreign national employees and work-related immigrant (green card) visas, including PERM Labor Certifications, and advising employers on compliance with U.S. immigration laws and regulations. He has broad experience in advising large, mid-size and small employers on their various immigration needs and developing strategies to help them navigate through complex immigration issues. He also has particular experience in counseling employers in the health care industry and addressing immigration-related issues that arise for their broad range of health care professional employees (including advising on and obtaining employment authorization for medical residents and fellows and obtaining J-1 visa waivers for foreign national physicians completing their medical training in the United States). His immigration practice also includes defending employers in connection with Department of Labor H-1B and H-2B investigations.

Mr. Read’s employment law experience includes representing management, particularly academic medical centers in the GME context, in a wide array of workplace disputes and litigation before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including matters related to discrimination, retaliation, harassment, disability, family and medical leave, various wage and hour issues, contracts, and intentional torts. He advises academic medical centers on the interplay between applicable academic law and employment law and the ramifications of what are divergent legal requirements and standards. Mr. Read also provides counsel with respect to the legal impact of competency standards for residents and trainees in GME, including situations involving discipline, remediation, and dismissal. He provides advice and guidance in the peer review process, including provision of verification and assessment of training in response to third party inquiries.

As a member of the Firm’s Corporate Diversity Counseling group, Mr. Read also has experience in providing assessments and making recommendations to corporate and institutional clients with respect to diversity and inclusion policies and initiatives, conducting related internal investigations, and shaping, developing and enforcing effective policies and initiatives to ensure consistency with client values and in furtherance of business goals and objectives.

Honors and Recognitions

The Legal 500 - The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Professional Associations and Activities

  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration

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October 10, 2018
SHRM

Forrest Read Comments on Implications of Judge Blocking Temporary Protected Status Cancellation

October 10, 2018

Forrest Read comments on the implications of a federal judge temporarily blocking the Trump Administration from ending Temporary Protected Status for individuals from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan in "TPS Recipients Keep Right to Work for Now," published by SHRM. Subscription may be required to view article Read More

May 15, 2018
HR Pulse

Forrest Read Authors "Opioid Crisis and Doctor Shortages Worsen Under U.S. Immigration Policy"

May 15, 2018

Forrest Read authors "Opioid Crisis and Doctor Shortages Worsen Under U.S. Immigration Policy," published by HR Pulse.   Read More

December 1, 2017
Jackson Lewis

Jackson Lewis Publishes Q3 Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter

December 1, 2017

Please enjoy our Diversity and Inclusion Committee Newsletter for the third quarter of 2017.  This edition includes personal, diversity-focused messages from our Chairman, Board of Directors liaison, Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair and Diversity Committee Manager, and highlights diversity-related achievements, activities,... Read More

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October 12, 2016

Jackson Lewis Employers’ Immigration Update - No. 22, October 2016

October 12, 2016

Supreme Court Tied on Expansion of Obama Deferred Deportation Orders The U.S. Supreme Court’s 4-4 tie in a case appealing a nationwide injunction on the Obama Administration’s plans to expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and create the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent... Read More

March 11, 2016

Jackson Lewis Employers’ Immigration Update - No. 21, March 2016

March 11, 2016

H-1B Cap Filing Alert Each year, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issues 65,000 H-1B visas and 20,000 “master’s cap” visas. April 1, 2016, is the first day on which an H-1B petition may be filed for FY 2017, in anticipation of an October 1, 2016, start date. Last year, USCIS accepted 233,000 petitions in... Read More

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8th Annual Raleigh Workplace Law Symposium

February 21, 2019 - 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST
9401 Glenwood Avenue - Raleigh, NC
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H-1B - Get Your Ticket for the Lottery!

February 8, 2017 - 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST

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Immigration Year-In-Review

December 7, 2016 - 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST

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Perm Basics and Strategies

September 14, 2016 - 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM EST

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Premium Processing Resumes for H-1B Petitions Filed Prior to December 21, 2018
February 15, 2019

USCIS announced on Friday, February 15,, 2019, that it will resume premium processing on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 for H-1B petitions filed prior to December 21, 2018.  This follows up on the USCIS announcement at the end of January that it would resume premium processing for cap-subject petitions that were filed on or about April...R Read More

No-Deal Brexit – Impact on EU Citizens Living and Working in the UK
February 14, 2019

The deadline for Brexit is quickly approaching – March 29, 2019.  If the UK leaves the European Union without a Brexit deal, what will that mean for EU citizens working in the UK?  According to Leigh Turner, the UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, EU citizens living in the UK will be protected.  Their...… Read More

Bill to Eliminate Per-Country Caps on Green Cards Re-Introduced
February 8, 2019

Prior to the government shutdown, it seemed that the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act might pass as an amendment to the spending package with strong bipartisan support. But that was not to be. Now members of the U.S. Read More