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Citizenship/Naturalization: 2020 Civics Test Withdrawn; USCIS Has Returned to 2008 Civics Test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

CDC Announces New Quarantine Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals

On February 11, 2021, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) altered its prior COVID-19 quarantine guidelines with the release of revised public health recommendations for fully vaccinated individuals. Specifically, a vaccinated person with an exposure to someone ...

Registration Period for H-1B Visa Lottery to Open March 9; DHS Delays Implementation of Wage Based System

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) has announced that the registration period for the 2021 H-1B visa lottery will open on March 9 and run through March 25. Like last year, petitioners must create a myUSCIS Online account to electronically register and pay the $10 ...

Acting Commissioner LaTourette Maps Out Plans for the NJDEP

On January 16, 2021, Shawn LaTourette became New Jersey’s Acting Commissioner of the Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP). Two weeks into office, Acting Commissioner LaTourette attended the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey’s (CIANJ) virtual ...

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