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H-1B Visa Filing Season is Here!

by Misty Wilson Borkowski On April 1, 2015, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will begin accepting applications for H-1B petition filings for Fiscal Year 2016 (with a start date of Oct. 1). Due to the annual limit on the number of H-1B Visas that can be issued … Read More »

Dear Boss, Be My Valentine

by Mary Cooper It is often said that we spend more time with co-workers than we do with our own families. Consequently, it is no surprise that romance often blooms in the workplace between employees. But when love is in the air, HR should take steps to ensure the romantic … Read More »

OFCCP Proposes New Sex Discrimination Rules

by Abtin Mehdizadegan The OFCCP has announced a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to revise and replace its Sex Discrimination Guidelines that were originally issued in 1970. The proposed rule will reportedly address compensation discrimination, sexual harassment, failure to provide workplace accommodations for pregnancy, gender identity discrimination and family caregiving discrimination. The … Read More »

NLRB Issues Final Rule on Ambush Union Elections

On December 12, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) confirmed the long-standing speculation of many by finalizing the new rules governing the procedures of union representation elections (the Final Rule). The proposal for new rules has been pending since 2012, with changes included and then removed. As anticipated, the … Read More »

NLRB Holds That Workers Have a Right to Use Their Employers’ Email Systems for Non-Work Related Communications

by J. Bruce Cross On December 11, 2014, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB or the Board) ruled that employees have a right to use their company email accounts, during non-working time, for statutorily protected activity, such as union organizing. Union representatives challenged Purple Communications, Inc.’s electronic communications policy because … Read More »

DOL Announces Final Rule Protecting LGBT Workers from Discrimination

The Final Rule implements an Executive Order signed by President Barack Obama on July 21, 2014, making it illegal for federal contractors to discriminate against employees and applicants on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, which protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees from such discrimination. This … Read More »

Executive Action on Immigration

By Misty Wilson Borkowski President Obama recently announced a series of Executive Actions that make several important administrative changes in the immigration process that will impact employers and foreign nationals alike in several important ways. The Executive Actions create a new deferred action program for certain parents of US citizens; … Read More »

It’s a Trap! Delayed Enforcement of DOL’s Home Health Care Regulations Still Subjects Employers to Costly Litigation

By Abtin Mehdizadegan The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division (WHD) promulgated new regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that change the employment landscape for those who provide home-care services in recognition of the increased demand for home healthcare workers as the Baby Boomer generation progresses … Read More »