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Recent News and Events

Fredrikson & Byron strives to provide clients current business developments and legal updates. See the list below for our most recent updates and events.

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Ebola: Be Calm and Carry On

The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa—along with a handful of cases in the United States—has left many employees and employers confused. As with any real or perceived crisis, there are key steps an employer should take to mitigate workplace panic and avoid legal claims. 

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China EB-5 Category Unavailable Through September; Current in October

The Department of State’s Visa Office announced that the China employment-based fifth (EB-5) category became unavailable on August 23, 2014. The category again became current on October 1, 2014.

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CBP Designates POEs for First-Time Canadian TN, L Applicants Seeking U.S. Entry Under NAFTA

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is optimizing processing for first-time Canadian TN (Trade NAFTA) and L applicants seeking entry into the United States under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). 

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USCIS Extends Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will automatically extend employment authorization documents (EADs) for Liberian nationals covered under deferred enforced departure (DED).

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State Dept. Releases Instructions on Applying for DV-2016 Program

On September 24, 2014, the Department of State (DOS) released instructions on how to apply for the diversity visa (DV) 2016 program. Entries must be submitted electronically by noon EST on November 3, 2014.

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Attorney Joseph Cassioppi Earns Fredrikson & Byron’s Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year Award

Joseph J. Cassioppi received Fredrikson & Byron’s Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year award.

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Benefit Plans: 2015 COLAs

The Internal Revenue Service has announced the 2015 cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) for retirement plans. Most of the limits related to retirement plans are increased.

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New EU Sanctions Against Russia Impact European Biofuels Companies

This article will describe the recent sanctions imposed by the Council of the European Union and explain how European biofuels companies can determine whether these sanctions affect their business dealings.

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New U.S. Sanctions Against Russia Impact U.S. Biofuels Companies

The U.S. federal government has recently imposed sanctions against Russian individuals and companies in response to Russia’s military action in Ukraine. This article will describe these sanctions.

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Trial Court to Decide Whether LinkedIn Contacts Are a Trade Secret

Are your LinkedIn contacts yours or your employer’s? Are they confidential? Could they even be considered trade secrets? While we do not yet know the answer to these important questions, we may be one step closer.

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