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Benefit Plans: American Rescue Plan of 2021 (ARPA) Update

March 22, 2021

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) passed by Congress and signed into law by President Biden on March 11, 2021, included several employee benefits updates and changes.

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The Consolidated Appropriations Act Provides Significant Changes to Trademark and Copyright Laws

March 17, 2021

Beyond coronavirus-related provisions, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, which was signed into law on December 27, 2020, contains significant changes to trademark and copyright laws.

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Question of the Day: Key Provisions of Governor Walz’s March 12 Executive Order

March 16, 2021

What does the Governor’s March 12, 2021, Executive Order mean for Minnesota employers?

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Virginia Becomes Second State to Pass Comprehensive Consumer Privacy Law

March 16, 2021

On March 2, 2021, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law the Consumer Data Protection Act. In doing so, Virginia became the second state to enact a comprehensive consumer privacy law.

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Recent Announcements Confirm Pending End of LIBOR

March 16, 2021

Recent announcements with respect to LIBOR will have a significant implications for lenders, borrowers and other financial services providers and users.

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DHS Rescinds Public Charge Rule, Withdraws Appeals of Injunctions Blocking It

March 16, 2021

DHS rescinded regulations resulting from a final rule that was vacated by a federal district court. The Biden administration also withdrew the federal government’s appeals of injunctions blocking the DHS public charge rule.

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State Department Releases Guidance for Those Previously Refused Visas Under Travel Bans

March 16, 2021

The Department issued guidance in response to President Biden’s signing of two proclamations that ended travel bans on certain nationals, based on visa type, from Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Venezuela and Yemen.

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State Department Extends Expansion of Interview Waiver Eligibility

March 16, 2021

The Department has temporarily expanded the ability of consular officers to waive the in-person interview requirement for individuals applying for a nonimmigrant visa in the same classification. The temporary expansion is effective until December 31, 2021.

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Department of State Issues New Guidance on Exceptions for Travelers from Schengen Area, United Kingdom and Ireland

March 16, 2021

The Department of State rescinded the previous national interest determination regarding categories of travelers eligible for exceptions under Presidential Proclamation (PP) 10143 related to the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland.

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USCIS Releases Tips to Avoid Common Mistakes in H-1B Registration

March 16, 2021

USCIS released tips to avoid common mistakes when filing an H-1B electronic registration. The agency said the top two user errors were creating the wrong type of account and entering the same beneficiary more than once.

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