US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has further extended its flexibility for delays from applicants and petitioners who are required to respond
As many California employers begin to slowly recover from the economic impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, they will need to brace themselves for an additional challenge. While the federal minimum wage has not changed for more than a decade, California employers are facing a hike in minimum wages across several cities and counties as of July 1, 2020.
On June 3, 2020, the Department of Labor (DOL) confirmed that it will not continue the extensions that gave employers impacted by coronavirus (COVID-19) more time to respond to DOL inquiries and complete PERM recruitment efforts. The DOL will continue to consider requests for extensions if they are filed on time, but no requests are guaranteed.
On May 29, 2020 the United States government issued a presidential proclamation barring certain Chinese nationals on F and J visas from entering the US if they are associated with an institution in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) that supports or implements the country’s “military-civil fusion strategy.”
In the wake of coronavirus (COVID-19) and the related economic fallout, revenue losses are proliferating across different industries while business owners look to extrinsic solutions to stay afloat. Many businesses may find such relief through insurance claims and related litigation. New policies will likely exclude COVID-19. However, businesses may already have many types of insurance coverage that can provide relief during the pandemic.
It has become difficult, costly, or even impossible for some businesses to maintain contractual obligations, like commercial leases, due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Luckily for business owners, the doctrines of commercial frustration and force majeure may allow them to rescind leases without penalty if unforeseeable circumstances make it impossible for them to operate under the stated purpose of their lease.
Effective March 20, 2020, Premium Processing has been suspended for ALL types of Form I-129 petitions (H/L/O/R/TN etc.) and I-140 petitions, including H-1B cap petitions. This is a very important development affecting petitioners who use the premium program. The Premium Processing program is an important source of revenue for the USCIS as petitioners paid nearly $545 million in premium processing fees during FY-2019.
The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has prompted the federal government to enact the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), to protect Americans against a significant economic impact. The FFCRA provides separate benefits to employers if they intend to maintain their workforce, or if they decide to reduce staff. Employees are protected if they are experiencing symptoms or need to care for another that has indications of COVID-19.
The global pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 or Covid-19, known more commonly as the Coronavirus is affecting every aspect of everyday life for individuals all over the world. As if child custody exchanges were not an issue during normal times already, the Coronavirus, is here to add to our child custody exchanges. Coronavirus is now impacting the daily lives of families all over the country in unprecedented ways.
When facing mass reduction in workforce, employers need to comply with the Federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act ( and respective State WARN Acts.
The main objective of the WARN Act is to protect employees and their families and in a broader perspective the entire community by making it mandatory for employers to give a 60-day notice to those employees who will be effected by the plant closing and mass layoffs as also to state and local representatives, prior to the closing and layoffs.