Snow Day! Should you Pay?

Published on February 7, 2019 With frosty days recently shutting down many local businesses, you may be wondering if you have to pay your employees if you close your place of business due to snow or other inclement weather. The first step is to review your internal policies and any… Read More

USCIS Announces Partial Implementation of New H-1B Process

Published on January 31, 2019 On January 30, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security published a final rule that amends the regulations governing petitions filed under the H-1B visa lottery.  The final rule makes two major changes: it adds an electronic registration requirement for employers seeking to file H-1B cap-subject… Read More

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for FY 2019 H-1B Cap Petitions

Published on January 25, 2019 USCIS announced today that it will resume Premium Processing for all pending fiscal year (FY) 2019 H-1B cap petitions on Monday, January 28, 2019.  Employers with pending FY-2019 H-1B cap petitions filed in April 2018 may now request Premium Processing by interfiling a Form I-907,… Read More

Increase in Penalties by U.S. Department of Labor Now Effective

Published on January 24, 2019 The U.S. Department of Labor published a final rule that increases the amount of civil penalties assessed or enforced by the Department, adjusted for inflation, which includes penalties assessed by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) and other agencies. The increased employer penalty levels began… Read More

Department of Labor Operations during the Government Shutdown

Published on January 8, 2019 As the government shutdown continues, non-fee based agencies, such as the Department of Labor (DOL), will continue to see a strain on operations impacting immigration petitions and processes. As a fee-based agency, USCIS will not likely be affected by the shutdown. Although DOL states on… Read More