On May 11, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it will begin issuing a redesigned Permanent Resident Card, commonly referred to as the “Green Card.” For the first time in over 30 years, newly-issued Green Cards will actually be green in color. The new card replaces the beige/tan card that has been used for the past several years. The new card incorporates several new security components, including storing biometric data and adding several features designed to prevent fraudulent reproduction of the card. Existing cards, produced in the older format, remain valid for the period indicated on the card. As individuals renew their Green Cards, the old cards will be phased out.
As Arizona employers prepare for 2020, key minimum wages and exempt salary levels under city, state, and federal law will go into effect. Additionally, employers will want to remain aware of potential legislation and/or voter propositions on recreational marijuana and raises in the healthcare industry in Arizona.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced an 18-month extension of TPS (Temporary Protected Status) for eligible nationals of El Salvador from September 9, 2010 to March, 2012. To maintain TPS status, Salvadoran TPS beneficiaries must re-register during the re-registration period from July 9 until September 7, 2010. Qualified Salvadorans receive an automatic employment authorization from September 9, 2010 through March 9, 2011.
On April 19, 2012, Governor Chris Christie announced that New Jersey will become the 14th state to adopt the “Employment First” initiative. The Employment First initiative will require the state government to eliminate any barriers or practices that might prevent persons with physical, developmental, and mental disabilities from being employed and will increase the employment opportunities available to persons with disabilities.