Legal Updates


May 2018

The Texas Supreme Court Rejects Teacher’s Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Claims

By Andrew Velazquez, Attorney The Texas Supreme Court Rejects Teacher’s Same-Sex Sexual Harassment Claims The Texas Supreme Court found that the employee could not sue her employer for her sexual harassment because she failed to present sufficient evidence that the alleged discrimination by same-sex employees was “because of” her gender. The Court further held that all the McDonald Douglass elements in a retaliation claim against...

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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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Mar 2016

Proposed Changes to Form I-9 Will Delay Release

The Department of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on 3/28/16 that it was making further changes to the Form I-9 in response to public that were made during the 60-day period that the proposed changes were listed in the Federal Register. The additional changes are also listed in the Federal Register and will be open for public comment until April 27, 2016. The...

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Mar 2016

USCIS Form I-9 expires 3/31/16

We’ve been monitoring the issuance of the new Form I-9 as the expiration date of the current Form I-9 approaches on 3/31/16. We have been advised that the Department of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) is waiting on the Office of Management and Budget to approve the new version of the Form I-9. Representatives at the USCIS have indicated that they’re hopeful that...

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Jan 2016

Changes to Operation of Maquiladoras in Mexico

Several changes to the operation of Maquiladoras in Mexico. On December 23, 2015, the Miscellaneous Fiscal Amendment (“Miscellaneous Law”) was published in the Official Gazette of the Federal Government in Mexico (“DOF”). Among the highlighted changes is that of extending the term of tax benefits for companies operating in Mexico under a shelter program, as long as they comply with the requirements detailed on the...

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