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Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Remains Costly and Time Consuming

August 9, 2019

“Seventeen years after passage of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX), those not involved in SOX compliance might assume that by now it would be a rote activity requiring diminishing effort. They would be wrong.” So begins a recent CFO.com article discussing the results of Protiviti’s 2019 Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Survey.

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Does Your Board Need a ‘Qualified Technology Expert,’ or Even a Technology Committee?

August 9, 2019

A recent Forbes article argues that it is becoming increasingly necessary for boards to possess cyber security and technology expertise.

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Expedited Removal Expands to Interior of United States

August 5, 2019

With immediate effect, DHS issued a notice to dramatically expand the process of expedited removal. The ACLU has promised to file a suit challenging the action.

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USCIS Amends EB-5 Regulations, Raising Minimum Investment Amounts and Modifying TEA Designations

August 5, 2019

A long-anticipated final rule provides priority date retention for certain EB-5 investors, increases the required minimum investment amounts, changes the targeted employment area (TEA) designation process, and clarifies USCIS procedures for the removal of conditions on permanent residence.

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Judges Rule on Third-Country Asylum Ban

August 5, 2019

Following a joint interim rule issued by DOJ and DHS that restricted asylum, for migrants traveling through third countries to reach the United States, two judges issued rulings in separate cases.

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H-2B Petitioners Must Include Temporary Labor Certification Final Determination With Form I-129

August 5, 2019

USCIS said it will consider a printed copy of the final determination as the original and approved temporary labor certification.

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DOL Unveils New H-2A Proposed Rule

August 5, 2019

Among other things, the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking would mandate electronic filing of job orders and applications, promote the use of digital signatures and provide employers with the option of staggering the entry of H-2A workers on a single application.

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State Department Announces Temporary Establishment and Retrogression of August Employment-Based Final Action Dates

August 5, 2019

There has been a steadily increasing level of employment-based applicant demand for adjustment of status cases, and there is no indication that this trending increase will end. Therefore, the agency has established or retrogressed many of the August Final Action Dates.

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USCIS Announces Changes to Naturalization Test

August 5, 2019

A USCIS working group is revising the naturalization test, and the agency is formalizing a decennial revision process to allow for updates every 10 years.

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Important Change at the Trademark Office – U.S. Attorney Required

August 5, 2019

Beginning August 3, 2019, all foreign-domiciled trademark applicants, registrants and parties will be required to have a U.S. attorney appear on their behalf in the U.S. Trademark Office.

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