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The Scope of H-1B Changes for 2020

Most of the requirements for the H-1B visa are set by law, but the details do change occasionally. The government hosts an annual lottery because there is a statutory cap on the total number of new H-1B visas allowed every year, and recent demand outweighs supply. Recently, the US government announced that the lottery format is changing.

Issuing Stock Options to Employees of a Foreign Subsidiary

Companies that are headquartered in the US often want to provide stock options to their international subsidiaries as a way of building loyalty with employees. Luckily, this is possible and may carry tax benefits. We are going to examine the two most commonly-used stock options that may be issued to your employees of foreign subsidiary or parent companies – ISOs and NSOs – and their tax implications.

Are Non-Compete Agreements Enforceable in New York?

Preventing employees from working for a competitor is a big challenge for companies. Not only is it tough to lose innovative talent, such moves can put corporate secrets at risk. For this reason, employers often use non-compete clauses as a way of protecting their confidential information. However, non-compete clauses must meet strict requirements in the state of New York to be legally enforceable.

Calculating the Regular Rate of Pay

Employers now have more clarity and flexibility about which perks they can include in workers’ “regular rate” of pay, which is used to calculate overtime premiums under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced a final rule that will take effect Jan. 15, 2020.

The rule marks the first significant update to the regulations governing regular rate requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in over 50 years. Here’s how the new law will impact employers.

Host a Holiday Party without Liability

The festive vibe is just starting to set the perfect atmosphere for a celebration with your office employees but when it is coupled with consumption of alcohol, it may become a potential venue for inappropriate behavior and injuries.

Here is a checklist you can use for hosting your holiday party without liability:

Arguing the Case that an Operations Research Analyst is a Specialty Occupation

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) data shows that since 2016, the overall issuance of Request for Evidence (RFE) notices by USCIS has increased significantly. One of the frequent issues raised in H-1B RFE notices relates to SOC code 15-2031 (Operations Research Analysts), as USCIS has been challenging the position being defined as a specialty occupation.

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