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World’s Largest Asset Manager Urges More Disclosure on Climate Change, Foresees Transition to ‘Net Zero’ Economy

February 12, 2021

According to BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, climate risk is investment risk. In his most recent annual letter to CEOs of the companies in BlackRock’s portfolio, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink states that “no issue ranks higher than climate change on our clients’ lists of priorities. They ask us about it nearly every day.”

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Virtual Shareholder Meetings in the Age of COVID-19

February 12, 2021

The world has certainly changed since March 12, 2020, when The Ticker first noted rising interest in virtual shareholder meetings (VSMs) due to COVID-19. According to updated facts and figures recently released by Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. (Broadridge), 1,957 VSMs were held on the company’s platform in 2020, a 500 percent increase over 2019.

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South Dakota Supreme Court Opinion Will Guide Local Zoning Decision-Making Throughout the State

February 12, 2021

The South Dakota Supreme Court recently issued an opinion that substantially clarifies what constitutes a disqualifying conflict of interest under South Dakota law in the context of local zoning.

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FY 2022 H-1B Visa Registration Period Starts March 9

February 10, 2021

The initial registration period for FY 2022 H-1B cap-subject petitions opens at noon ET on March 9, 2021, and runs through noon ET on March 25, 2021.

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USCIS Delays H-1B Wage-Based Selection Process for Cap-Subject Petitions

February 10, 2021

The wage-based selection process is delayed to December 31, 2021, meaning that it will not be in effect for the upcoming H-1B cap filing season this March.

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DOL Proposes to Delay Effective Date of H-1B/PERM Wage Rule Until May

February 10, 2021

The proposed delay “will allow agency officials the opportunity to review any questions of fact, law, or policy the rule may raise.”

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USCIS Rescinds 2017 Policy Memorandum on H-1B Computer-Related Positions

February 10, 2021

USCIS said its officers should not apply the rescinded memo “to any pending or new requests for H-1B classification, including motions on and appeals of revocations and denials of H-1B classification,” and that further guidance is forthcoming.

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Alejandro Mayorkas Confirmed to Lead Department of Homeland Security

February 10, 2021

Mayorkas has become the first immigrant and first Latino to serve as Secretary of Homeland Security.

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Biden Signs Immigration-Related Executive Orders

February 10, 2021

President Biden recently signed several immigration-related executive orders.

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USCIS to Abide by Previous Filing Fee Amounts Under Preliminary Injunction

February 10, 2021

USCIS will continue to abide by previous filing fee amounts because of two preliminary injunctions.

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