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.
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has granted a motion filed by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to hold in abeyance the DOL’s appeal of a district court decision that invalidated controversial federal overtime regulations the Obama administration promulgated in 2016.
New Year, New Laws: A Summary of Workplace Law Changes, Effective January 1, 2019, in Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, and Quebec
Several changes in labour and employment law have recently been implemented in several Canadian provinces.
As summer fast approaches, the Department of Labor has announced a national initiative to educate workers on the hazards associated with working in extreme heat. OSHA has launched a new web page dedicated to heat related illnesses.