- The Department of State released updated guidance stating that certain business travelers, investors, treaty traders, academics and students may qualify for national interest exceptions to COVID-19-related travel restrictions.
- SEVP released new guidance on the Trump administration’s shifting policy on foreign students taking online coursework in the fall.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that planned furloughs of more than 13,000 of its employees have been postponed for a month.
- DHS announced a final rule, published on August 3, 2020, to take effect 60 days later, that will increase many immigration and naturalization fees charged by USCIS and reduce some others.
- The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York enjoined the Department of Homeland Security from “enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective” the February 24, 2020, Public Charge Grounds Final Rule during any period in which there is a national health emergency in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.
- On August 5, 2020, Mexico’s Tax Administration Service published a microsite stating that companies that have VAT and IEPS certifications must pay fees for such certifications.
Given the prevalence of remote work during the pandemic, is working from home now presumed to be reasonable disability accommodation?
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What do I need to know about the Minnesota Governor’s Mandatory Face Covering Order?
What does the DOL’s new COVID-19 guidance say about return to work and remote work?
What do employers need to know about the DOL’s new FMLA forms?
When traveling domestically for business, will my employee be required to self-quarantine at the destination or upon return?
- The European Union’s sweeping privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation, prohibits transfers of personal data to the United States unless the company transferring the data has provided legally-appropriate safeguards. One mechanism that many companies—over 5,000 in total—have relied upon to safeguard such transfers is the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework. That safeguard is no longer valid.
Considering the recent protests demanding racial equality, how are employers handling the issue of dress codes and dress code policies?
- DOS reportedly faced a backlog of approximately 1.7 million applications as it began opening passport agencies and centers under Phase One of its reopening plan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Due to continued precautions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the policy for employers operating 100 percent remotely in light of COVID-19 is extended to July 19, 2020.
- The Court noted in its decision that DHS may rescind DACA and that the dispute instead was primarily about the procedure the agency followed in doing so.
USCIS issued a new memorandum and rescinded two policy memoranda on June 17, 2020, regarding the adjudication of certain petitions for H-1B nonimmigrant classification.
- TSC has moved as of June 26, 2020.
- USCIS has issued a statement on President Trump's recent proclamations suspending the entry of immigrants and nonimmigrants, with exceptions.
- Plaintiffs seek to overturn a policy of the Executive Office for Immigration Review that prevents immigration judges from speaking publicly on law and policy.
- USCIS is expected to furlough more than two-thirds of its employees as of August 3, 2020, for at least a month and up to three months or more.
- USCIS has extended the flexibilities it announced on March 30, 2020, to assist applicants and petitioners responding to certain agency requests.
- Effective immediately, a long list of field offices will only accept payments in the form of a personal, attorney or business check; debit or credit card; or reloadable prepaid credit or debit card.
- Trump Amends Proclamation to Suspend Entry of Nonimmigrant Workers, With Exceptions; USCIS Issues StatementOn June 29, 2020, President Trump issued an amendment to his Presidential Proclamation issued June 22, 2020.
- SEVP Announces Modifications to Temporary COVID-19 Exemptions for Nonimmigrant Students Taking Online ClassesOn July 6, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced significant modifications to temporary exemptions for nonimmigrant students taking online classes due to the pandemic.
Should an employer respond to a report that an employee has made racist or other offensive remarks online?
What are the requirements for a Minnesota “Preparedness Plan” in order to reopen a business or continue operating a critical business?
Delays caused by workforce shortages, supply chain disruptions and bad business practices may give rise to unanticipated (and costly) liability.
Can employers require COVID-19 antibody testing before an employee may re-enter the workplace?
What is the DOL’s new FFCRA leave tool for employees?
- Once you have started using your trademark or received a trademark registration, you should put a watch or monitoring service into place.
Is an employee entitled to an accommodation to avoid exposing a family member who is at higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19 due to an underlying medical condition?
What is the current status of the Minneapolis Earned Sick and Safe Time Ordinance? Does my business, located outside Minneapolis, still have to comply for employees who sometimes work in Minneapolis?
President Donald Trump signed a proclamation suspending foreign worker visas, effective on June 24, 2020, until December 31, 2020.
Is it okay to postpone anti-discrimination training while employees work remotely?
As an employer, should I be concerned about identify theft in connection with unemployment benefits?
Do businesses have any protection from COVID-related lawsuits?
The United States Patent and Trademark Office is accepting petitions to prioritize review of certain COVID-19 related trademarks.
- In light of recent events in Minneapolis and around the country, what are employers doing to support impacted employees and enhance diversity and inclusion efforts in the workplace?
What is the latest OSHA guidance on face coverings in the workplace?
- Mexico’s 2020 tax reform introduced a new obligation for Mexican companies to file a notice with Mexico’s Tax Administration Service, reporting the name and Federal Taxpayer Registry of their equity-holders every time there is a change in their ownership structure.
Must employers begin physically inspecting I-9 documents for workplaces continuing to operate remotely due to COVID-19 concerns, even if states are permitting workplaces to reopen?
- What is the significance of today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling on sexual orientation and transgender identity discrimination and what steps should employers take in response?
- It is possible that President Trump will attempt to restrict work authorization and substantially increase filing fees for foreign nationals within the U.S.
Can another business perform a COVID-19 health screen on my employee before allowing the employee onsite?
On June 5, 2020, President Trump signed into law the PPP Flexibility Act which provides for greater flexibility for both existing and new borrowers under the PPP.
An employee has tested positive for COVID-19. Do I need to record this on an OSHA log?
What do I need to know about the Walz Executive Order issued on Friday, June 5, 2020?
Do I need to worry about employee privacy if I implement health screenings, contact tracing or similar protective measures when my employees return to work?
Is there specific guidance for employers to manage COVID-19 in office buildings?
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