The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has revised its regulations to apply existing rules to additional visa categories in order to achieve greater parity in procedures that address comparable visa classifications. The amendments should minimize potential employment disruptions for employers that employ workers in the affected visa categories.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Obama administration's appeal of a lower court's ruling that blocked the implementation of an Executive Order that order would have allowed undocumented workers to request work permits and deportation relief.
A federal district court in the state of Washington has ruled that employers do not have to accommodate the use of medical marijuana if they have a drug-free workplace, even if the marijuana is being used off-site to treat an employee's disability. The ruling is notable because Washington has legalized marijuana not only for medicinal use but for recreational use as well.
Portland, Oregon has enacted one of the nation's broader "ban the box" laws restricting criminal history questions or background checks until a conditional job offer has been made. Effective July 1, 2016, the new law will apply to employers with six or more employees.
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has published a notice and comment request in the Federal Register regarding proposed changes to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. Many of the proposed changes would reduce technical errors and help employers and employees complete the form on their computers after downloading it.
On January 1, 2016, E-Verify must delete transaction records that are more than 10 years old, in accordance with the National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) retention and disposal schedule. An employer that used E-Verify before December 31, 2005, that wants to keep a record of its case information should download and save the new Historic Records Report by December 31, 2015.
President Obama has ordered all federal government agencies to stop asking prospective employees on job applications if they have a criminal record. Obama's "ban the box" announcement involves the box on job applications that candidates are often asked to check off if they have ever been convicted of a crime.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a proposed rule that would extend the science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) optional practical training (OPT) program. The proposed rule includes increased compliance requirements for participating employers.
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