It has been an eventful year for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In this podcast, Awanti Damle and Kara Lancaster, members of Ogletree Deakins’ Immigration Practice Group, provide a rapid-fire and informative summary of the top five immigration topics for employers. Awanti and Kara discuss proposed increases in filing fees for certain visa petitions, including H-1B and L-1 petitions, and the phased expansion of premium processing for some nonimmigrant and immigrant visa types. They also provide insight on pay transparency laws applicable for employers recruiting foreign nationals, the waiver of an in-person interview in the visa stamping process for some types of applications, and whether there will be an additional selection round in the annual H-1B lottery.
Multistate Monday: Multistate Compliance Is No Joke—Marijuana, Leave, Wage and Hour Laws, and More
Just in time for April Fools’ Day, we are pleased to announce the inaugural episode of our newest podcast series, Multistate Monday. In this episode, Dee Anna Hays, who is chair of Ogletree Deakins’ Multistate Advice and Counseling Practice Group, is joined by Susan Gorey to discuss the responses to the firm’s recent benchmarking survey. Susan and Dee Anna discuss the most challenging multijurisdictional issues that employers are facing, including leaves of absence, wage and hour laws, handbooks and policies, background checks, and marijuana laws. They discuss how employers can keep up-to-date and in compliance with the patchwork of state laws in these areas—especially given the growing trend of remote workforces that started during the pandemic.
Workplace Safety in California and Beyond: Healthcare Employers and COVID-19
In this episode of our Workplace Safety in California series, Kevin Bland and Karen Tynan discuss special considerations for healthcare employers facing workplace safety inspections, by OSHA or CAL-OSHA, during the COVID-19 pandemic.
New York’s COVID-19 Vaccination Leave Law: The Latest on the Paid Time Off Requirement
In this podcast, Kelly Cardin and Jessica Schild discuss the requirements of the recently enacted state law requiring New York employers to provide paid time off to employees receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. The speakers address frequently asked questions and key considerations about the new law.