Legal Updates


Jan 2019

Lapse in Federal Funding Does Not Impact Most USCIS Operations

THIS NOTICE APPLIES ONLY TO EMPLOYERS THAT CURRENTLY USE E-VERIFY The federal government is currently shut down. This has resulted in the suspension of operation of many government offices and programs. The E-Verify program is one of the federal programs that is currently unavailable due to the lapse in government appropriations. While the federal government remains shut down, employers will not be able to access...

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Oct 2017

Two Important Legal Tide Changes This Week

By Rosemary M. Marin, Attorney & Shareholder; Chair, Labor & Employment TWO IMPORTANT LEGAL TIDE CHANGES THIS WEEK This week, the Trump Administration announced two big changes in its interpretation of the law, as compared to prior interpretations by the Obama Administration. TITLE VII Does Not Extend To Transgender On October 5, 2017, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that Title VII, the federal law...

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Jul 2017

New Version of USCIS Form I-9 is Now Available. Deadline for Implementation of the New Form I-9 is September 18, 2017

On Monday, July 17, 2017, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department (“USCIS”) released another revised version of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The latest version of the Form I-9 contains minor changes to the Instructions section and the List of Acceptable Documents.  Specifically, the Instructions section contains the following revisions: In addition to the revisions to the Instructions section, the List of...

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Nov 2016

Federal Judge Blocks Obama Overtime Pay Rule Set to Go into Effect December 1, 2016

By M. Blake Downey, Associate Attorney U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant of the Eastern District of Texas imposed a nationwide injunction against the U.S. Department of Labor’s hotly contested Final Overtime Rule which was set to go into effect December 1, 2016. The rule changes would have, among other things, doubled the mandatory threshold for exempt salaried employees from $23,660 to $47,476 per year. This...

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Nov 2016

USCIS Publishes Revised Form I-9. Compliance Deadline is January 22, 2017

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Department (“USCIS”) has published its long-awaited revised version of the Form I-9. Beginning on January 22, 2017, employers will be required to use only the new version of the Form I-9 (dated 11/14/2016 N). Until then, employers may continue to use the current version of the Form I-9 (dated 03/08/2013 N) or the new version of the Form...

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Aug 2016

Effective Today, the Cost of U.S. Department of Labor Fines and Penalties Is Increasing Significantly

By Rosemary M. Marin, Attorney & Shareholder; Chair, Labor & Employment Effective today, August 1, pursuant to the Inflation Adjustment Act that was passed by Congress in November, 2015, and with a pair of Final Rules that were finalized on July 1, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) is implementing substantial, double-digit price increases for fines and penalties to keep up with inflation. These are the...

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May 2016

Final DOL Rule Updating Overtime Regulations

Since last June, we have been writing about the much-anticipated new overtime exemption rules.  Today, President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez announced the publication of the Department of Labor’s final rule updating the overtime regulations. The Final Rule focuses primarily on updating the salary and compensation levels for Executive, Administrative and Professional workers to be exempt. These workers currently qualify for...

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