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SEC Extends Filing Deadlines for Hurricane Victims, Warns Investors Against Hurricane and Fire Scams

October 23, 2017

Companies hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria will receive an extension on certain filing deadlines, said the SEC in a September 28 press release. 

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Whistleblowers: Who is Protected Against Retaliation?

October 23, 2017

It is illegal to retaliate against a whistleblower, but who is considered a whistleblower?

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After the Whistle Blows: What Constitutes Retaliation?

October 23, 2017

It is illegal to retaliate against a whistleblower, but what is retaliation? 

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Benefit Plans: 2018 COLAs

October 19, 2017

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2018 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for retirement plans. Some limits have increased, and some have remained the same.

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State Department Releases Cable on Revised Guidance re 90-Day Rule

October 18, 2017

The cable advises posts on revised guidance regarding the 90-day rule, formerly known as the “30/60 day rule.” 

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DOL Changes iCERT System for H-2A and H-2B Programs

October 18, 2017

OFLC said new easy-to-understand steps and instructions “will serve to clarify regulatory filing requirements and improve the quality and consistency of H-2A and H-2B applications received for processing.”

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Premium Processing Now Available for All Petitioners Seeking H-1B Visas

October 18, 2017

USCIS resumed premium processing on October 3, 2017, for all H-1B visa extension-of-stay petitions. Premium processing is now available for all types of H-1B petitions.

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Revised Form Allows Work Authorization and SSN Application Simultaneously

October 18, 2017

Foreign nationals in certain categories can now apply for work authorization and a social security number using a single form.

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7 Key Proposed Amendments to Regulation S-K

October 17, 2017

The SEC proposed several amendments to Regulation S-K as part of the FAST Act Modernization and Simplification of Regulation S-K. 

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Prosecution “Overtime” Extended by USPTO

October 16, 2017

Much like overtime being provided in the game of football, two pilot programs initiated by the USPTO have provided forms of prosecution “overtime” for patent applicants.

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