All nonimmigrant visa (H-1B, L-1, B-1, etc.) applicants will be required to complete the online DS-160 form prior to appearing at a U.S. Consulate or Embassy for a visa application by April 30, 2010. While several consular posts have been requiring DS-160 completion for some time, more and more consulates are requiring the DS-160 as the April 30 deadline approaches. Visa applicants should visit the U.S. State Department’s website for more information on the DS-160 and check with the applicable U.S. Consulate or Embassy for current procedures.
On June 15, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed into law the Employee Blood Donation Leave Act (House Bill 324). Under the new law, a full-time employee who has been employed by an employer for at least six months can request up to one hour of paid leave to donate blood. The Act applies to “any unit of local government, board of election commissioners, or any private employer in the State [of Illinois] who has 51 or more employees.”
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for eligible nationals of Honduras and Nicaragua from July 5, 2010 to January 5, 2012. To maintain TPS status, Honduran and Nicaraguan TPS beneficiaries must re-register during the re-registration period from May 5 until July 6, 2010. Qualified TPS Hondurans and Nicaraguans receive an automatic employment authorization from July 6, 2010 through January 5, 2011.
On March 26, 2014, a regional director for the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a decision and direction of election in a union representation petition filed by the College Athletes Players Association (CAPA) seeking to represent Northwestern University’s football players. CAPA, led by former Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter, petitioned…..