News Updates

Protect Yourself from IRS Telephone Scams

By Angelita Chavez Internal Revenue Service (IRS) telephone scams are becoming increasingly common. Scam callers pretend to be from the IRS, and they typically intimidate callers by: Threatening arrest Demanding immediate payment It is important to learn how to identify an IRS scam call to protect yourself from abuse. What is a Telephone Scam? Telephone […]
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Employee or Independent Contractor: Drafting Stronger Master Service Agreements in Light of Dynamex

By Price Murry and Rubeena Sachdev   Following the decision in Dynamex Operations West, Inc. v. Superior Court, California law has changed in favor of classifying workers as employees versus independent contractors. California employers should use the ABC test to determine a worker’s classification. Many companies are trying to outsource the risk created by this case by employing third party companies, rather than […]
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Changes in Immigration Enforcement: Interview

On June 26, 2018, Chugh, LLP’s Angelita Chavez-Halaka appeared on KUCI’s “Ask a Leader”  to discuss changes in immigration enforcement, and how they are impacting lives.     This transcript has been edited for clarity. Claudia Shambaugh: Thank you for tuning in. Good morning. You’re listening to the June 26th, 2018 edition of “Ask A Leader.” […]
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Managing Past Layoffs during PERM Labor Certification

By Mishita Jethi Many US employers are familiar with the PERM labor certification (LC) process. Employers must test the labor market for a US worker before they can file an LC and sponsor a green card for permanent foreign employees. However, companies should be aware that their layoff history is also an important factor in […]
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New Policy Memorandum on Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs)

By: Angelita Chavez-Halaka and Omar Nazarkhan On July 13, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published updated guidance regarding the issuance of Requests for Evidence (RFEs) and Notices of Intent to Deny (NOIDs). This new change comes soon after the Department of Homeland Security’s mandate for USCIS to expand its ability to issue […]
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Four Factors to Keep in Mind When Drafting a Non-Compete Agreement

By Parth Jain Businesses invest a substantial amount of time, money, and resources into building their human capital. Those same employees, depending on their position within the organization, may also have unrestricted or limited access to sensitive trade secrets, confidential information about the business and its relations, among other things. US laws recognize the legitimate […]
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New USCIS Policy Memorandum: Notice to Appear (NTA)

By: Angelita Chavez-Halaka and Omar Nazarkhan On July 5, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced new policy guidance marking a change in the way in which Notices to Appear, also known as NTAs, are issued. This change diverts from normal practice in past years, and will afford USCIS expanded ability to issue […]
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How to Handle USCIS Site Visits

By Min Kim United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has a specific division called Fraud Detection and National Security (FDNS) that conducts unannounced inspections of a foreign national employee’s worksite, based on their immigration petition. USCIS conducts these surprise inspections to verify that the job-related information provided by the employer in the petition remains […]
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Visa Bulletin For August 2018

A. STATUTORY NUMBERS This bulletin summarizes the availability of immigrant numbers during August for: “Final Action Dates” and “Dates for Filing Applications,” indicating when immigrant visa applicants should be notified to assemble and submit required documentation to the National Visa Center. Unless otherwise indicated on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website at www.uscis.gov/visabulletininfo, individuals seeking to file […]
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PERM Updates

PERM Processing Times (as of 06/30/2018) Processing Queue Priority Dates Month Year Analyst Review March 2018 Audit Review November 2017 Reconsideration Requests to the CO May 2018
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