MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has proposed a rule that will allow USCIS to continue a temporary policy of allowing remote I-9 verifications. CWC will be filing comments on the proposal, and we encoura
According to data obtained by CWC from Immigration and Customs Enforcement pursuant to a FOIA request, the number of worksite investigations, including routine I-9 audits, dropped dramatically during the first year of the Biden Administration.
CWC’s written comments to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency support its proposed changes to the Form I-9 that we believe will streamline the I-9 process as well as lessen paperwork burdens for employers.
In a positive development for employers that have implemented telework policies in response to COVID-19, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency has extended its temporary policy allowing remote inspection of I-9 documents until October
MEMBER FEEDBACK REQUESTED. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency, as part of the periodic approval process required for renewal of government forms, is proposing some changes to the I-9 form designed to streamline it. We’d like to hear
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
As expected, the proposed budget that the President has submitted to Congress to fund the government for the upcoming fiscal year beginning on October 1 asks for big funding increases for OFCCP and the EEOC, among other workplace enforcement agencies
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Our update summarizes recent developments regarding the popular H-1B visa program.
Thursday, January 6, 2022
CWC has filed comments with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the agency that administers the I-9 verification process, urging USCIS to make permanent a current temporary policy that allows employers to conduct I-9 verifications remotely.
Thursday, December 16, 2021
The Biden Administration’s latest semi-annual regulatory agenda contains a number of new items that will be of interest to CWC members, including new initiatives from OFCCP, DOL’s Wage and Hour Division, and the NLRB.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that administers the H-1B visa program that gives work authorization to foreign workers in “specialty occupations,” has conducted an unprecedented third visa lottery because not enough vis
Thursday, October 28, 2021
CWC has filed written comments with the Labor Department’s Veterans Employment and Training Service in support of that agency’s announced intent to extend the HIRE Vets Medallion Program for another three years. The HIRE Vets Medallion Program, which
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has instructed the DHS sub-agencies responsible for immigration enforcement to stop controversial workplace raids and instead focus on going after employers that knowingly hire and exploit
The Biden Administration has issued a proposed rule to codify the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” program in order to rectify procedural deficiencies that occurred when the program was established by the Obama Administration in 2012.
Monday, September 27, 2021
The Biden Administration was prepared to allow a Trump-era rule changing the way in which H-1B visa applications are prioritized to go into effect, but a federal court has now held the rule is invalid.
Wednesday, August 18, 2021
A lawsuit raising the question of whether Civil War-era statute Section 1981 protects beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program from discrimination based on alienage has settled, leaving open for now the underlying legal que
The House of Representatives has approved big funding increases for several workplace enforcement agencies, including OFCCP and the NLRB. The House is also expected to approve a big increase for the EEOC as well. Final numbers will not be determined
Wednesday, August 11, 2021
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency announced recently that it has conducted a second H-1B visa lottery, presumably because it did not receive enough visa petitions after the first lottery in March. Employers selected in the second l
Two recent developments that impact the H-1B visa program used by many employers suggest that the program is likely to remain in flux into the foreseeable future.
Wednesday, November 4, 2020
The Trump Administration is proposing to revamp the H-1B visa program by scrapping the current randomized lottery for choosing visa registrations and replacing it with a selection process that would prioritize visas based on the highest salaries offe
Under a 2015 bill approved by Congress, statutory fines under many federal laws are adjusted upwards on an annual basis for inflation. Our memo lists adjusted current penalty amounts for a number of employment-related violations.
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
In the Trump Administration’s latest effort to curb alleged abuses in the popular H-1B visa program, the government has issued two new “Interim Final Rules” that are designed to further restrict the use of H-1B visas.
Friday, September 4, 2020
Because of delays encountered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency in issuing new Employment Authorization cards, the agency is temporarily allowing employers to accept the form issued by USCIS indicating that a card has been appro
In an unexpected development, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agency announced recently that it had reopened the H-1B visa lottery conducted earlier this year to select additional registrants that timely pre-registered. Companies notifi
The Trump Administration has taken three separate actions over the last few weeks aimed at impacting businesses that employ foreign workers on H-1B visas, including a substantial increase in application fees.
Despite the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Trump Administration’s attempted rescission of the DACA program was improper because it did not provide adequate justification, the administration is continuing to put limits on DACA’s full implementation.