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Temporary Worker Visa Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Cap-Subject H-1B Visas

On Monday, September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a news release announcing an immediate resumption of Premium Processing for all H-1B visa petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap. As summarized previously by HR Legalist, the H-1B status allows U.S. employers to hire foreign workers in “specialty oc...

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Workers’ Comp Release Doesn’t Cover FMLA Claims, Says Third Circuit

Overview and Case Analysis On Monday, September 11, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held, in a precedent-setting opinion, that a workers’ compensation compromise and release agreement (C&R) did not prevent a former Boscov’s employee from filing claims against its employer for violations of the Family and Medical...

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FLSA Successor Liability – More Than You Bargained For

A common method for business expansion is for one company to acquire another company’s operations and then merge the operations into the acquiring company.  However, even when care is taken to structure such acquisitions to limit or avoid the potential liabilities of the company being acquired, the transaction can result in the purchasing ...

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Wage and Hour/FLSA Update – DOL’s White-Collar Salary Threshold Struck Down (Again)

On August 31, 2017, a federal judge in Texas struck down an Obama-era Department of Labor rule that would have roughly doubled the salary threshold, under which all workers are guaranteed overtime under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), to over $47,000 per year.  In fact, this is the second time that the Eastern District of Texas ha...

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Back to School, Back to Work – Parental and Family Rights in the Workplace

The end of August marks the beginning of the yearly “back to school” ritual.  Working parents in particular are hoping for a smooth transition, as this is also the time of year when vacations end and workloads tend to pick up.  But as those of us with children know, balancing work and family responsibilities can be anything but predicta...

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Political Speech, Discrimination and the Law: How Employers Should Respond to Charlottesville

  The recent tragic events in Charlottesville, Virginia and other news regarding the activities of white supremacists and similar groups, have served as a rude awakening for many that our national reality has shifted. These events, which occurred in the public square and have been widely documented through social media, are unfortunate exam...

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Immigration Visa Update: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for Cap-Exempt H-1B Visas

In a July 24, 2017 news release, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) announced an immediate resumption of Premium Processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B (Temporary Worker) Visa petitioners, including: institutions of higher education; nonprofits related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education; or nonprofit...

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Wage and Hour Update: DOL Proposes Changes to FLSA Tip-Pooling Rule

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) announced that in August it plans to propose rescinding current restrictions on tip-pooling by employers who pay tipped employees the full minimum wage directly.  Under the current rule, tips are considered employee property and cannot be distributed to other workers or retained by t...

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One Strike and You’re Out—Third Circuit Holds a Single Severe Incident Sufficient to Establish a Harassment Claim

The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit held on July 14, 2017 that a single severe incident of harassment may give rise to a claim of workplace harassment in Castleberry v. STI Group, No. 16-3131 (3d Cir. 2017).  Continue Reading  

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Yet Another New Form I-9 in Effect

In November 2016, HR Legalist announced that United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) issued a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The most significant change was to make the form easier to complete and print using a computer.  Today, July 17, 2017, USCIS has introduced yet another revised For...

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