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Posts from January 2021.
New OSHA Workplace Guidance on COVID-19

On January 29, 2021, in response to President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting Worker Health and Safety, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released Guidance on Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.

The stated intent of the ...

NYDOL Issues Updated COVID-19 Sick Leave Guidance for New York Employers

As an update to our previous alert, the New York State Department of Labor (NYDOL) issued updated guidance pertaining to New York State’s COVID-19 sick leave and job protection law (the Law). The Law calls for a maximum benefit of either 5 or 14 days of paid leave, or possibly only ...

Biden Administration Rescinds Buy American and Hire American (BAHA) EO and 2017 Computer Programmer Memo

On January 25, 2021, President Biden signed an Executive Order which effectively revoked President Trump’s Buy American and Hire American Executive Order (commonly known as “BAHA”).  The BAHA Executive Order resulted in cascade of restrictive immigration policies ...

President Biden signed a proclamation continuing the suspension of entry of certain travelers from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, China, and Iran, and expanding restrictions to include travelers from South Africa

On January 25, 2021 President Biden signed a proclamation continuing the suspension of entry of certain travelers from the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, Brazil, China, and Iran, and expanding restrictions to include travelers from South Africa. U.S. citizens ...

OFLC Announces Plan for Reissuing Certain Prevailing Wage Determinations Issued under the Department’s Interim Final Rule of October 8, 2020; Compliance with the District Court’s Modified Order

On January 20, 2021, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia in Purdue University, et al. v. Scalia, et al. (No. 20-cv-3006) and Stellar IT, Inc., et al. v. Scalia, et al. (No. 20-cv-3175) issued a modified order governing the manner and schedule in which the Office of ...

Biden Administration Expected to Make major immigration Changes

On his first day in office, in addition to presenting immigration reform to Congress, the president and his administration took a number of immigration-related executive actions. President Biden issued a proclamation revoking discriminatory bans on entry to the United States and an ...

U.S. Department of Labor Withdraws Program Bulletin Announcing Revised Interpretation and New Guidance under the H-1B Visa Program for Review

On January 15, 2021, the U.S. Department of Labor (Department) issued an Office of Foreign Labor Certification H-1B Program Bulletin and a Wage and Hour Division Field Assistance Bulletin (FAB) revising its interpretation of its regulations concerning which employers of H-1B workers must ...

EOIR Releases Comprehensive Policy Manual

EOIR announced the release of an interactive Policy Manual representing a comprehensive review of the agency's policies. The Policy Manual provides access to all of EOIR’s policies, including the Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals Practice Manuals, the Office of the ...

Now Is the Time to Prepare for H-1B Cap Filings for New Hires in 2021

If you currently employ foreign nationals, please read and consider these upcoming action items relating to the rules surrounding H-1B filings for 2021.

H-1B “Cap Season” is once again upon us. It is essential for employers seeking to hire foreign national employees to identify and ...

Army Corps of Engineers Finalizes New Rule for Nationwide Permits

On January 5, 2021, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) released a new final rule for its nationwide permits (NWPs) program, which is designed to help protect the aquatic environment and the public interest. Under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act and Section 10 of the Rivers and ...

New Jersey Economic Recovery Act Set to Jumpstart Redevelopment Projects with Substantial Tax Credits

New Jersey’s business and development leaders will soon get the help needed to try and turn the page on 2020 and some of the turmoil caused by COVID-19, as Governor Phil Murphy has signed the New Jersey Economic Recovery Act of 2020 (S3295/A4) into law. The bipartisan legislation modifies and ...

USCIS Announces Extension of Filing Period for Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness Program

USCIS announced that the filing period for certain Liberian nationals and certain family members to apply for adjustment of status under the Liberian Refugee Immigration Fairness (LRIF) provision has been extended from one year to two years. USCIS must now receive applications by December ...

Connell Foley Announces Launch of Corporate Immigration Practice with Addition of Boutique Firm Dornbaum & Peregoy

Connell Foley LLP is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2021, the attorneys of specialty business immigration law firm Dornbaum & Peregoy LLC have joined Connell Foley to establish a new Corporate Immigration and Global Mobility Practice, as part of Connell Foley’s ...

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