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Religious Objection to COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate: EEOC Issues Updated Guidance

On October 25, 2021, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) updated its technical guidance related to the COVID-19 pandemic, offering further clarity on some of the longstanding practices surrounding religious-based objections by an employee to a mandatory ...

Diversity Visa Program Entry Instructions Released: Online Entry for DV-2023 Runs October 6, 2021 to November 9, 2021

Each year, 55,000 immigrant visas (green cards) are made available through a lottery in which people who come to the United States from countries with low rates of U.S. immigration may participate.

The U.S. State Department holds the lottery, known as the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program ...

Safe Harbor Bill Revived in New Jersey Legislature

A bill that would provide companies with an affirmative defense for certain data security incidents has been introduced this term in the New Jersey Legislature. The bill seeks to follow legislation passed in other states -  Utah, Ohio and Connecticut – by providing an affirmative defense ...

Court Issues an Order Vacating and Remanding Navigable Waters Protection Rule – A New Twist to the Continually-Evolving Rule and Its Impact on Property Owners

During Donald Trump’s presidency, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) limited the scope of its enforcement under the Clean Water Act by implementing the 2020 Navigable Waters Protection Rule (2020 Rule), which provided a new—more narrow—definition of “waters of the ...

Return of Superfund Tax

The Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), commonly referred to as Superfund, provides broad federal authority to respond directly to releases or threatened releases of hazardous substances that may endanger public health or the environment ...

Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Drastically Impacts Traditional Debt Collection Practice Model in FDCPA Ruling

The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals recently held in Hunstein v. Preferred Collection & Mgmt. Servs., 994 F.3d 1341 (11th Cir. 2021), that a defendant debt collector violated the Fair Debt Collection Act (FDCPA) by communicating information about an underlying debt to vendors or third ...

New Vaccine and Testing Mandates Coming to the Private Sector

On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced that federal government workers and contractors will need to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and that soon this requirement will be extended to employers with 100 or more employees. This development is expected to impact more than 80 million ...

Connecticut Amends Notification Law and Joins “Safe Harbor” Movement

Connecticut recently enacted two pieces of legislation that alter the landscape for data security incident reporting and notification practices in the state. Below is a synopsis of the changes, which become effective October 1, 2021.

First, the state amended its notification law  with ...

Immigration Help Available to Those Affected by Natural Disasters and Other Unforeseen Circumstances

USCIS issued a reminder to the public that they offer immigration services that may help people affected by unforeseen circumstances such as natural disasters. Examples of unforeseen circumstances include, but are not limited to, the wildfires in the western United States and the recent ...

Employers May File H-2B Petitions for Returning Workers for FY 2021

USCIS announced that employers may file H-2B petitions for returning workers under the FY 2021 H-2B supplemental visa temporary final rule.

Source: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

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