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USCIS Finalizes Guidance on ‘Same or Similar’ Occupations and Job Portability

May 13, 2016

USCIS has finalized guidance on determining whether a new job is in the “same or similar” occupational classification with respect to job portability.

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USCIS Reaches H-2B Cap for First Half of FY 2016

May 13, 2016

USCIS announced it has received a sufficient number of petitions to reach the H-2B cap for the first half of FY 2016. March 15, 2016, was the final receipt date for new H-2B worker petitions requesting an employment start date before April 1, 2016.

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USCIS Seeks Additional Comments on Revised Form I-9

May 13, 2016

USCIS will accept comments until April 27, 2016, on the revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9.

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DHS Issues Final Rule Amending F-1 Regs, Breaks Record for Public Comments

May 13, 2016

DHS published a final rule amending regulations to expand optional practical training for students with U.S. degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM).

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President Obama Signs National Trade Secret Law

May 11, 2016

On May 11, 2016, President Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) into law, creating a new federal cause of action for trade secret misappropriation.

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New Trade Secret Law Will Affect How Your Business Protects Sensitive Information

May 5, 2016

Employers face ever-increasing threats to the security of their trade secrets. Now, thanks to Congress, employers have a new tool to combat such threats (along with new potential headaches).

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Expanded Employer Options to Hire STEM Students: A Look at the New STEM OPT Rule

May 5, 2016

The U.S. government has recently announced an expanded program that provides many foreign STEM graduates with an extended employment period. 

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Class Action Targets BarBri Test-Prep Business for ADA/Accessibility Violations

April 27, 2016

Three blind law school graduates just filed a federal class action lawsuit in Texas.

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Federal Circuit Strikes Another Blow Against Patentable Subject Matter in Biotechnology

April 26, 2016

What is the future of patent protection for biotechnology in light of the Federal Circuit’s latest decision on patentable subject matter?

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Narrow Window Opens to Make Any Fixes to EU Community Trademark Registrations

April 18, 2016

Important changes in the regulations governing European Union Community Trademarks may affect the scope of your trademark protection for CTM applications filed before June 22, 2012.

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