U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will resume accepting Requests for Premium Processing for all H-1B extension petitions effective July 13, 2015. Premium processing for H-1B extensions had been suspended on May 26, 2015 so that USCIS could dedicate staff to the implementation of a new rule allowing certain H-4 spouses to apply for employment authorization application. USCIS clarified that it will now accept an I-907 premium processing request on any H-1B extension petition, including pending petitions filed during the premium processing moratorium. If an I-907 was filed and/or received by USCIS prior to July 13, 2015, it will be rejected.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s 2007-2008 term is currently well underway. Several of the key pending labor and employment cases are summarized below.
The labor and employment law revolution in the Commonwealth of Virginia has provided robust protection against unlawful discrimination as well as a comprehensive enforcement scheme. As part of that revolution, the state enacted Senate Bill 712, which amended the Virginia Human Rights Act (VHRA) to require a covered employer to provide reasonable accommodation for the known limitations of an employee related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions, unless such an accommodation would impose an undue hardship on the employer.
On January 31, President Donald Trump announced his choice to fill the Supreme Court of the United States vacancy created by the death of the late Associate Justice Antonin Scalia: Judge Neil M. Gorsuch, from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Judge Gorsuch, a fourth generation Coloradan, is an advocate of conservative judicial philosophy. In May of 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Judge Gorsuch, who is 49 years old, to the Tenth Circuit, and the Senate confirmed his nomination on a voice vote. If confirmed to the Supreme Court, he would be the youngest Associate Justice on the bench in 25 years.