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Department of Justice’s Holiday Treat: A New Final Rule for Employers

As the saying goes, “No news is good news,” and HRLegalist is happy to report today that the final rule introduced this week by the Department of Justice, just in time for the holidays, introduces no new requirements for employers, which is about as good a gift as we can expect from the federal government! We report on the final rule simply a...

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Even Bears Need Visas: Immigration Law Stalls Kiwi’s Dream of Playing American Football

New Zealander, Paul Lasike, always dreamed of playing American football. This 5’11”, 232 lb. Auckland native came to the United States on a scholarship to Brigham Young University, where he played rugby, but his heart was on the gridiron. Though unselected in the 2015 NFL draft, Lasike joined the Arizona Cardinals as an undrafted free agent. Un...

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The 2015 STAPLE Act: Will Relief Finally Come for U.S. Employers in Need of Foreign Talent?

USCIS announced May 4, 2015, that it has completed data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in its computer-generated lottery. USCIS will now begin returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected.  USCIS received almost 233,000 H1B petitions; however, only 65,000 H-1B visas are available with an addi...

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I-9 and E-Verify: Knowing the Difference Makes a Big Difference for Employers

At a recent presentation on Form I-9 compliance a participant asked: “Isn’t E-Verify just an electronic replacement for the I-9 form?” This a great question and I am glad someone asked it because knowing the answer is critical to compliance with federal employment regulations. The answer is a resounding, “NO!” The E-Ve...

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Deportation Coming Up in Season 6 of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey”: Real Immigration Problems for Celebs Teresa and Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice

On March 4, 2013, two of the stars of the Bravo Network television show, “The Real Housewives of New Jersey,” pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud and other charges in a federal court in Newark, New Jersey. Teresa and Giuseppe “Joe” Giudice each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, one count of bankr...

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Bye, Bye Bieber: Canadian Pop-Star of “Extraordinary Ability” Could be in Extraordinary Trouble with U.S. Immigration Law

Famed teen heart throb, Justin Bieber, is in trouble . . . again. On January 23, 2014, Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach, Florida, and charged with a DUI, resisting arrest, and driving with an expired driver’s license. According to reports, Bieber and fellow recording star, Khalil, were drag racing on a residential street in Miami Beach when pol...

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