On March 24, 2014, a bill (S1846) was introduced that would permit an employer to withhold a portion of an employee’s wages for purchases authorized by the employee made at an event sponsored by an organized and generally-recognized charity that is affiliated with the employer. The law would only apply to events in which at least 20 percent of the profits are being contributed to an organized and generally-recognized charity. Under the current law, withholdings from an employee’s wages are permitted for contributions directly to organized and generally-recognized charities, but not for purchases made by an employee from third-party vendors at events sponsored by charities affiliated with an employer. The bill would also permit public employees to request multiple payroll deductions for payments made to multiple credit union accounts.
On March 18, President Barack Obama signed into law the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act. The bill contains approximately $17.6 billion in tax credits to stimulate employment and contributes about $20 billion toward highway and transit infrastructure programs. The President stated that while the jobs bill was “absolutely necessary,” it was “by no means enough” and that “[t]here’s a lot more that we’re going to need to do to spur hiring in the private sector and bring about full economic recovery.”
The province of Alberta, Canada, enacted significant revisions to its Employment Standards Code effective January 1, 2018, overhauling its foundational employment laws for the first time in almost 30 years. Canadian employment law is generally provincial—and each province has its own core employment legislation with its own regulations governing matters such as overtime pay, job-protected leaves of absence, annual vacation, and termination requirements.
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced on November 22, 2011 that it had received enough H-1B cap-subject petitions to reach the annual 65,000 “regular cap” limit and that it would reject petitions filed thereafter. USCIS exhausted the 20,000 H-1Bs reserved for foreign nationals with U.S.-earned advanced degrees on October 19. The H-1B1 category