The recent eruption of an Icelandic volcano has created travel chaos across Europe. Not only were persons stranded at various locations in Europe, but persons wishing to depart the United States and return to Europe and elsewhere abroad were forced to remain in the United States longer than expected. A nonimmigrant (e.g., H-1B, L-1,B-1, B-2 or Visa Waiver Program (VWP) tourist or business traveler) who cannot exit the United States before the expiration of his or her status may need to take immediate action to avoid being deemed an “overstay.” Persons deemed an overstay may face various sanctions. For example, a VWP business traveler may be found ineligible for future VWP visits to the United States. U.S. Customs and Border Protection has issued a travel advisory and United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has provided additional guidance.
On April 30, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidance titled Strategies to Mitigate Healthcare Personnel Staffing Shortages. As maintaining appropriate staffing levels is essential to providing both a safe working environment and proper patient care, the guidance offers a series of recommendations on contingency plans that healthcare providers experiencing staffing shortages may wish to consider.
On March 9, 2016, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an advance copy of the final rule pertaining to optional practical training (OPT) for certain students with degrees in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). The official version of the final rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on March 11, 2016. The new rule will permit employers to retain the talents of certain individuals currently dependent on an F-1 nonimmigrant student visa for a longer period. USCIS will begin accepting applications under this provision on May 10, 2016. Prior to that date, USCIS will continue to accept applications per the existing 17-month STEM OPT procedures.
On November 22, a bill (A3505) was introduced that would repeal all state laws providing for the payment of prevailing wages, including most notably the New Jersey Prevailing Wage Act, P.L. 1963, c.150 (C.34:11-56.25 et seq.). The bill has been referred to the Assembly Labor Committee.