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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

Notification of Temporary Travel Restrictions Applicable to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Service Between the United States and Canada

CBP issued a notification of the continuation of temporary travel restrictions limiting travel of individuals from Canada into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Canadian border through 8/21/21 due to COVID-19.

Source: Federal Register

DHS Announces Extension and Redesignation of Somalia for Temporary Protected Status

The Department of Homeland Security published a Federal Register notice (FRN) extending and redesignating Somalia for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 18 months, from Sept. 18, 2021, through March 17, 2023.  Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas made the decision to extend ...

TPS Applicants from Five Designated Countries Can Now File Initial Applications Online

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that Temporary Protected Status (TPS) applicants who are eligible nationals of Burma, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela or Yemen, or individuals without nationality who last habitually resided in one of those countries, can now file ...

Applicants for Change of Status to F-1 Student No Longer Need to Submit Subsequent Applications to ‘Bridge the Gap’

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services today announced new policy guidance that eliminates the need for individuals who have applied for a change of status (COS) to F-1 student to apply to change or extend their nonimmigrant status while their initial F-1 COS application is pending.

USCIS Expands Credit Card Payment Pilot Program to Form I-140 When Requesting Premium Processing

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has expanded a previously announced pilot program at the Nebraska Service Center (NSC) for accepting credit card payments using Form G-1450, Authorization for Credit Card Transactions, for certain applicants applying ...

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