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USCIS predicts H-1B cap-subject petitions will be subjected to random lottery; announces premium processing to start on April 28

March 26 2014 April 1 is the first day U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will accept H-1B cap-subject petitions for next year's allotment of visas…

PERM applications: longer processing times and continued scrutiny by Department of Labor

August 21 2013 Applications for Permanent Labor Certification (PERM) continue to face intense scrutiny, increased audits and denials by the Department of Labor…

New FBAR filing procedures for 2013 year report

March 26 2014 If you have a financial interest in or signature authority over a foreign financial account — including a bank account, brokerage account…

The U.K. Bribery Act 2010: an introduction

February 23 2011 The U.K. Bribery Act 2010 (Bribery Act) was passed in 2010 and will come into effect later this year.

Visa backlogs: permanent resident applicants want the wait to be over

September 19 2013 On October 1, 2013, the U.S. government fiscal year (FY 2014) will start, and the allotment of 140,000 employment-based visas will become available…

Agribusiness: Global overview

July 16 2020 In a world of mounting food safety concerns, environmental challenges, technological advancements and trade tensions, the agribusiness sector is a…

Certain H-4 spouses to obtain work authorization; proposals announced by DHS

May 8 2014 On May 6, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that two proposals will soon be published in the Federal Register pursuant to the…

Akamai v. Limelight: what's at stake with the impending Supreme Court decision

May 8 2014 The Federal Circuit's 2012 decision in Akamai v. Limelight expanded the reach of induced infringement and enabled patent holders (including…

Physician who defrauded auto insurer isn’t entitled to arbitration

May 7 2014 Over a four-year period Dr. Mun billed Allstate $500,000 for supposed "electrodiagnostic testing" of auto accident victims. Allstate paid the claims…

Navigating class action waiver law - current trends and a cautionary tale

May 7 2014 Cases involving arbitration agreements with class action waivers have been in the headlines a lot lately. For employers, the underlying issue in…