On May 4, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it has completed its data entry of all fiscal year 2016 H-1B cap-subject petitions selected in its computer-generated random lottery process. USCIS will now begin the process of returning all H-1B cap-subject petitions that were not selected in the lottery. Due to the extremely high volume of filings for fiscal year 2016, the time frame for returning the unselected petitions is uncertain. USCIS has requested that petitioners not inquire about the status of cap-subject H-1B petitions until they receive a receipt notice (indicating selection in the lottery) or until the unselected petition is returned in the mail. USCIS will issue a further announcement once all the unselected petitions have been returned.
Under the Obama administration, the Wage and Hour Division (WHD) of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has become re-energized and is the most active it has been for many years. While the WHD still lacks a permanent administrator, Acting Wage and Hour Administrator Nancy Leppink has been in the…..
In April of 2015, Pennsylvania federal district court judge Anita B. Brody approved a settlement between the National Football League (NFL) and retired football players intended to resolve thousands of concussion lawsuits dating back to 2011. The settlement covers all living NFL football players who retired before July 7, 2014 (over 20,000 players) and could result in a payout of $1 billion.
Obesity does not meet the definition of a “disability” under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for either the discrimination or “regarded as” provisions of the statute, a panel of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals recently held, unless it is also a “physical impairment,” which means that it must be a “physiological disorder or condition . . . affecting one or more major body systems.” As a result, in Morriss v. BNSF Railway Co., the Eighth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for the railroad.