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H-1B Employer Obligations: Are you Compliant?

On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an executive action entitled “Buy American and Hire American.” While the order does not have any immediate impact on employment visa programs, it reflects the administration’s strong stance on increasing enforcement of immigration laws which may impact emplo...

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Trusts for Disabled Family Members

If you have a loved one who is physically or mentally disabled, then you know firsthand how difficult it can be to plan for the future. You may have asked yourself who will care for your loved one when you are gone. Or perhaps you have wondered how you or other family members can leave assets to you...

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Government Cybersecurity Newsletter Coincides with $5.5 Million Settlement

In January 2017, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) released a newsletter entitled “Understanding the Importance of Audit Controls.”  Shortly after its release, HHS announced a $5.5 Million settlement, one of the largest reported settlement payments to date for violations of th...

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BREAKING: 7th Circuit Ruling Gives Title VII Protection to Sexual Orientation

The Seventh Circuit just became the first federal appellate court in the country to extend Title VII protection to discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The decision was issued today in Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College. In Hively, the plaintiff was a part-time adjunct professor w...

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Battle of the Forms – The Saga Continues

Are you a supplier of goods?  Or do you purchase goods from a supplier on a regular basis?  A number of court cases recently decided lend credence to the notion that buyers and suppliers of goods should enter into long-term supply contracts as opposed to engaging in the confusing and somewhat reckle...

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All Employers Must Use New Form I-9

As of January 22 of this year, all employers must use the new version of Form I-9. The updated version includes several changes.  The new form along with instruction for completing the form can be found here: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9. We suggest using the downloadable, fillable PDF version rathe...

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Many Permanent Residents Worried about Political Climate Can Alleviate Concerns by Obtaining Citizenship

Regardless of whether or not  you agree with the Trump administration’s stance on immigration, it is undeniable that actions taken and promises made to-date have created a great amount of concern and uncertainty for both undocumented immigrants and legal permanent residents. This concern was amplifi...

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How Will Trump Administration Impact EPA Reach and Environmental Regulation?

The impact that the Trump administration will have on the various governmental agencies is not yet known. However, the Trump administration will likely reduce the reach of the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and its regulations based on the promises made and actions undertaken to date. An...

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Trump Appoints Miscimarra NLRB Acting Chairman

President Donald Trump appointed Philip A. Miscimarra Acting Chairman of the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB" or "Board") on January 23, 2017. Miscimarra has frequently disagreed with fellow members of the Board and we hope that with his interim appointment, President Trump will begin to recas...

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The Weather Outside May Be Frightful, But The FLSA Doesn’t Have To Be

If your organization or employees are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), keep these tips in mind the next time inclement weather disrupts your operations. Non-Exempt Employees If an employer remains open during inclement weather and non-exempt employees perform work, they must be paid...

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