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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Impact of the Federal Stimulus Bill on the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), which took effect on April 1, 2020, mandated in part that employers with fewer than 500 employees provide 80 hours of paid sick leave to employees unable to work due to certain interruptions imposed by COVID-19. Mandatory FFCRA compliance ...

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