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Governor Murphy Provides Guidance for Employers on Face Mask and Social Distancing Measures in the Workplace

On May 24, 2021, Governor Murphy signed Executive Order No. 242, which rescinded, as of May 28, 2021, the mask and social distancing mandates for businesses that are open to the public, but retained those mandates for businesses generally closed to the public. 

On May 26, 2021, however ...

Biden Signs Executive Order Seeking to Harden Federal Cybersecurity Defenses

On May 12, 2021, President Biden signed a lengthy executive order aimed at advancing federal cybersecurity defenses following a tumultuous year of devastating cyberattacks on private and government sector networks. The release of the executive order came after the recent crippling ...

CDC Relaxes Mask Mandate for Some but Still Defers to Workplace Policies

Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revised its guidance to read that individuals who are fully vaccinated can “resume activities without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws ...

Highlights of the COBRA Subsidy per the American Rescue Plan Act

On March 11, 2021, the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) was enacted to provide additional economic support to individuals and businesses during the COVID pandemic. A key component of the ARPA is a program to fully subsidize COBRA coverage for a six-month period for any “Assistance Eligible ...

New Jersey Department of Health Issues Guidance for Employers on Mandating COVID Vaccination

On March 19, 2021, the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) issued guidance for employers that want to require employees to receive the COVID-19 vaccine before returning to the workplace. In its guidance on the issue, the DOH explained that an employer can issue such a mandate ...

Utah Joins Ohio in Providing Safe Harbor to Businesses Weathering the Cyber Storm

On March 11, 2021, Utah joined Ohio to become one of two states nationally to offer an affirmative defense to lawsuits filed under tort law by individuals affected by a data security incident. Utah’s newly enacted Cybersecurity Affirmative Defense Act provides the incentive of ...

Public Charge Guidance from USCIS

On or after March 9, 2021, applicants and petitioners no longer need to provide information required solely by the Public Charge Final Rule on Form I-944, Declaration of Self-Sufficiency, or any evidence or documentation required on that form, with their Form I-485. In addition, applicants ...

USCIS Announces Flexibilities for Certain Foreign Student Applicants Affected by Delayed Receipt Notices for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced certain flexibilities for foreign students (F-1 nonimmigrants) affected by delayed receipt notices for Form I-765, Application for Employment Authorization for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

On graduation, a ...

Citizenship/Naturalization: 2020 Civics Test Withdrawn; USCIS Has Returned to 2008 Civics Test

On December 1, 2020, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) implemented a revised naturalization civics test (2020 civics test updated from 2008 civics test) as part of a decennial test review and update process. In addition to making changes to the test content, the 2020 ...

Impact of Recreational Cannabis Law on Employers

Today, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed an adult-use cannabis reform bill into law, legalizing and regulating cannabis use and possession for adults 21 years of age and older. While we are awaiting the official version of the law to be circulated, here are some important takeaways from ...

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