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Potential immigration consequences of government shutdown
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • March 2 2011

Employers need to consider the potential immigration consequences of a government shutdown due to the current budget impasse


DOS and CBP implement tougher blanket L-1B visa application and travel requirements for L-1 employees
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • January 31 2011

The L-1 nonimmigrant classification for intra-company transferees remains under intense scrutiny by USCIS in the adjudication process


ICE announces opening of Employment Compliance Inspection Center
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • January 31 2011

On January 20, 2011, Director Morton announced that ICE planned to intensify its crackdown on employers by establishing a new audit office, known as the "Employment Compliance Inspection Center," that will enhance its ability to review Forms I-9 for larger organizations


Potential consequences of government shutdown
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • April 7 2011

The latest continuing resolution funding federal government operations is set to expire on April 8, 2011, and the threat of a government shutdown appears more of a reality


Federal judge enjoins key parts of Arizona's immigration law
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • July 30 2010

On July 28, 2010, Judge Susan R. Bolton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona issued a preliminary injunction that prevents the most controversial sections of Arizona's new immigration law (SB 1070) from taking effect


Large health care organization pays $257,000 in civil penalties to settle citizenship discrimination claims
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • October 26 2010

On October 19, 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices ("OSC") announced that Catholic Healthcare West ("CHW"), the eighth largest hospital provider in the nation, agreed to pay $257,000 in civil penalties to settle claims that it engaged in citizenship status discrimination


DOS issues November 2010 Visa Bulletin
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • October 26 2010

The DOS recently issued its Visa Bulletin for November 2010


U.S. Department of Labor issues proposed rule on H-2B wage rates
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • October 26 2010

On October 4, 2010, the Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor ("DOL"), issued a proposed rule that would require employers to pay H-2B and American workers recruited in connection with an H-2B job application a "wage that meets or exceeds the highest of: the prevailing wage, the federal minimum wage, the state minimum wage or the local minimum wage."


October 15, 2010, H-1B cap count
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • October 26 2010

As of October 15, 2010, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") has confirmed the filing of approximately 42,800 H-1B cap-subject petitions for fiscal year 2011


DOS issues September 2010 Visa Bulletin
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • August 24 2010

The DOS recently issued its Visa Bulletin for September 2010