U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a final rule that increases fees for most immigration benefit applications and petitions by an average of 10 percent, effective November 23. The final rule made no changes to the fee schedule contained in the proposed rule, which was discussed in the June 2010 issue of the Immigration eAuthority. Although a few fees will be reduced under the proposal, the filing fees for primary employer-sponsored petition forms will increase. The I-129 Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker (used for H-1B, H-2B, O-1 and L-1 petitions, among others) would be increased from $320 to $325. The I-140 Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker (used for most employer-sponsored green cards) would be raised from $475 to $580. Please see the USCIS fact sheet for a schedule of fee changes.
New York’s Highest Court Rules Indefinite Leave Is Not a Reasonable Accommodation Under State Human Rights Law, but May Be Under City Human Rights Law
New York’s highest court recently reinstated a former bank executive’s disability discrimination claim under the New York City Human Rights Law (NYCHRL) and affirmed the dismissal of his claim under the New York State Human Rights Law (NYSHRL).
Minnesota Court of Appeals Lifts Injunction That Limited Minneapolis Sick and Safe Time Ordinance to Employers Within City
In the latest chapter of the Minneapolis Sick and Safe time ordinance saga, the Minnesota Court of Appeals has ended an injunction issued by a lower court that limited the ordinance to employers located within the city of Minneapolis.
The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 was the first major federal statute to focus on the rights of individuals with medical impairments. Section 504 of the Act creates a private right of action for individuals claiming to have been discriminated against in any “program or activity” receiving federal financial assistance. Courts have included federally funded employment as one such “program.”