A final reminder to employers – the filing period for “new” H-1B petitions to be counted against the annual H-1B quota (the “H-1B cap”) for Fiscal Year 2011 (FY 2011) begins on April 1, 2010. Since H-1B petition preparation commonly takes a minimum of one to two weeks, primarily due to processing times for the required Labor Condition Application (LCA), employers must act right away to begin preparing petitions for current and future employees who will need H-1B visa status to be legally employed. Individuals currently employed as F-1 students or J-1 trainees, individuals seeking to change to H-1B from another work status (such as L-1, TN or E-3) and individuals outside of the United States commonly require new, cap-subject H-1Bs. Immigration attorneys nationwide are preparing to send H-1B petitions on March 31 to ensure receipt at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) offices on April 1. April 1 is the initial filing date for petitions seeking H-1B status with an effective date of October 1, 2010. (See the February 2, 2010 issue of the Immigration eAuthority and the most recent USCIS press release for more information on the upcoming H-1B filing period.)
In a recent, decision, the United States Tax Court determined that the pregame meals provided to Boston Bruins players and personnel at away games qualify as a de minimis fringe benefit under Section 274(n)(2)(B) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Employers defending against Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) whistleblower retaliation claims should be prepared for a long and potentially onerous litigation process, even if the claims lack merit. A recent district court decision vividly illustrates this point. On September 25, 2013, a federal court in the Northern District of Texas held that a…..
On February 25, Governor Chris Christie outlined his proposals to the state legislature for the state’s insolvent Unemployment Insurance Fund. Governor Christie’s proposals include: Reducing the 50 percent increase in unemployment insurance taxes (to $390 per employee) scheduled for July 1, 2010 down to $130 per employee. Phasing in future increases (which allows employers to