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U.S. Revokes More Than 1,000 Visas for Chinese Students, Researchers

October 13, 2020

The revocations appear to result from President Trump’s proclamation in May 2020 suspending the entry of certain students and researchers from China.

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Question of the Day: COVID-Related OSHA Reporting Requirements

October 2, 2020

Do employers have any reporting requirements under OSHA with respect to COVID illnesses and death?

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Five Considerations for Planning Your Cooperative’s Annual Meeting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

October 2, 2020

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic presents logistical challenges that may require some additional advance planning to keep members safe and engaged.

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Question of the Day: Iowa Department of Public Health Departs from CDC Guidance on Quarantining

September 29, 2020

What is the new Iowa guidance on when to quarantine due to COVID-19 if masks/face coverings were worn?

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Employment-Based Cases Movement

September 28, 2020

On September 24, 2020, the Department of State released the October 2020 Visa Bulletin, which shows major movement in employment-based cases.

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DV-2020 Applicants Cannot Be Denied Under COVID-19 Guidance

September 28, 2020

The government must undertake “good-faith efforts” to expeditiously process and adjudicate DV-2020 diversity visa and derivative beneficiary applications and issue or reissue diversity and derivative beneficiary visas to eligible applicants by September 30, 2020.

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Ninth Circuit Rules President Can End TPS

September 28, 2020

TPS beneficiaries from Haiti, Nicaragua and Sudan could be required to leave the United States (or find another legal way to stay) by March 2021.

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DOL Interim Final Rule Expected to Raise Wages

September 28, 2020

The Department of Labor submitted an interim final rule on September 16, 2020, to the Office of Management and Budget to change the wage minimums and related requirements for H-1B, H-1B1, E-3, and PERM workers.

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USCIS Reminds Employees About Form I-9 Attestation

September 28, 2020

USCIS sent a reminder that employers are not held liable for any erroneous attestations an employee makes in Section 1 of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.

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I-9 Requirements Flexibility Extended

September 28, 2020

DHS and ICE announced an extension for 60 days of certain flexibilities for employers in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, because of ongoing precautions related to COVID-19.

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