The United States has reached a new trade deal with Canada and Mexico, replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The new deal is largely focused on cross-border trade and tariffs, and adopts NAFTA’s immigration provisions with minimal changes. The USMCA closely adheres to the existing standards for the temporary entry of business visitors, certain professionals (TN visa), intra-company transferees (L-1 visa), and traders and investors (E-1 and E-2 visas), and is not likely to have an impact on labor mobility across the three countries. The United States, Mexico, and Canada are expected to sign the USMCA this fall and present it to Congress in early 2019.
The summer of 2014 has brought further guidance for health plan coverage in the U.S. territories and for retirement plan coverage in Puerto Rico. Issuers and employer sponsors of Puerto Rico group health plans and employer sponsors of Puerto Rico retirement plans should review their plans to ensure compliance and explore the possibilities provided by
The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed down an opinion interpreting Section 502(g)(1) of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) to grant district courts discretion to award attorneys’ fees to either party, not just to a prevailing party. However, the Court also ruled that a district court’s discretion to award attorneys’ fees is triggered only
On June 27, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) announced that it will reinstate the issuance of Wage and Hour Division (WHD) opinion letters as one of its methods for providing guidance to employers and employees on federal wage and hour laws.