All Items: Recruiting and Hiring

  • H-1B Visa Petition Filing Is April 1: Swift Employer Action Needed Now

    January 28, 2016

    On April 1, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will begin accepting H-1B visa petitions for the 2017 fiscal year.

  • DHS Revises Regulations Affecting Highly Skilled Workers

    January 22, 2016

    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.

  • Immigration Order Will Be Reviewed by Supreme Court

    January 21, 2016

    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.

  • Legal Medical Marijuana Use No Defense for Failed Drug Test, Federal Court Finds

    December 11, 2015

    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 Passes Broad Ban the Box Law

    December 3, 2015

    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.

  • Form I-9 Changes Proposed by USCIS

    December 1, 2015

    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.

  • E-Verify Records Disposal Is Imminent, System Enhancements Made

    November 13, 2015

    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.

  • Federal Court Blocks Immigration Executive Order Implementation

    November 10, 2015

    The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court's blocking of the implementation of an Executive Order issued by President Obama in November 2014.

  • Obama Bans the Box on Federal Job Applications

    November 5, 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.

  • DHS Rule Proposes STEM OPT Program Extension

    October 30, 2015

    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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