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.
According to Statistics Canada, two in five employers in Canada have reduced hours or laid off one or more employees since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. One of the risks associated with those difficult decisions is a constructive dismissal claim that would trigger statutory notice and severance requirements under provincial employment standard legislation and under the common law. Ontario’s government has now taken a major step to prevent claims under its Employment Standards Act, 2000 (ESA) resulting from COVID-19.
The Final Regulations implementing the ADA Amendments Act (ADAAA) signed into law by President George W. Bush on September 25, 2008, were issued by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and published in the Federal Register on March 25, 2011. The Final Regulations come after review of more than 600 public comments concerning the Proposed
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued corrected model forms on November 14, 2012. Please see our updated blog post for a link to the corrected forms. ————————————————————————————————————————————————— Employers will be required to use updated forms as part of their background check process by January 1, 2013, as responsibility for interpreting the…..