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Updates & Events

Recent News and Events

Fredrikson & Byron strives to provide clients current business developments and legal updates. See the list below for our most recent updates and events.

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U.S. Army Corps Publishes Final Rule to Reissue, Modify, Issue Various Nationwide Permits

Of particular note for the energy industry, the Corps reissued and modified NWP 51 (land-based renewable energy generation facilities) and has split NWP 12 into separate permits.

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Fredrikson & Byron Moves to New Office in Des Moines

Fredrikson & Byron announced today that it has moved into a new office space in the One Eleven East Grand building located at 111 E Grand Avenue in Des Moines, Iowa, where it occupies the third floor.

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Fredrikson Represents Renew Energy, Inc. in its Acquisition by Takkion Holdings LLC

Fredrikson & Byron acted as legal counsel to Renew Energy, Inc. and its subsidiaries in its sale to Takkion Holdings LLC.

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IRS Extends Start of Construction Safe Harbor for Offshore Wind and Renewable Energy Projects Located on Federal Land

In recognition of the unique challenges developing offshore wind projects and energy projects on federal land, the IRS recently issued Notice 2021-05, extending the Continuity Safe Harbor for “Offshore Projects” or “Federal Land Projects” to ten years.

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DHS Issues Final Rule Modifying H-1B Cap Lottery with Selection Based on Wage Level

On January 8, 2021, a new rule was published by the Department of Homeland Security which significantly impacts the H-1B visa lottery process.

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Trump Extends Bans on Foreign Workers

President Trump signed a proclamation extending earlier proclamations suspending the entry of certain immigrant and nonimmigrant visa applicants.

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State Dept. Extends Interview Waiver Eligibility Criteria

The Department of State temporarily enabled consular officers to waive in-person interview requirements for nonimmigrant visas in the same classification.

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Trump Extends Several Immigration Programs; State Dept. Issues Guidance

On December 27, 2020, President Trump signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021, which extends several expiring immigration programs.

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I-9 Flexibility Extended to January 31

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced an additional 30-day extension to January 31, 2021, of flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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OFLC Updates Implementation of H-2A Adverse Effect Wage Rate Methodology

On December 23, 2020, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California issued an order enjoining  DOL from implementing a final rule on AEWR methodology for the temporary employment of H-2A nonimmigrants in non-range occupations.

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