U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is revamping the lottery process for H-1B petitions and implementing a new electronic registration system. The initial registration process for fiscal year 2021 will take place from March 1 through March 20, 2020. Though some details of the new registration system are uncertain, there are steps employers can take now to initiate cap-subject H-1B petitions, including beginning as soon as possible to identify individuals for whom H-1B sponsorship will be needed and to create a USCIS registration account. This session will offer an overview of the changes to the H-1B visa program and provide tips on what employers can do now to prepare for the opening of the initial H-1B registration process.
The 2020 political races have commenced, and nowhere is this felt more acutely than in Washington, D.C. Regulators in federal agencies are racing to tie up their respective agendas, and high-level personnel changes at the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the National Labor Relations Board will likely affect regulatory plans and enforcement protocols. Join Jim Plunkett, Ogletree Deakins’ Senior Government Relations Counsel, as he offers insight into what to expect on the employment and labor law front and addresses how these political dynamics will affect the workplace. This session will also provide a rundown of developments in Congress and in the White House.
Employees face new challenges and stressors on a daily basis—including digital disruption, technological developments, and an increasing overload of data. These and other stressors may cause mental and emotional exhaustion and negatively impact individuals and the workplace as a whole. Resilience is the ability to adapt to stressors, and there are steps that employers can take to build a resilient workforce. Join this webinar for practical guidance on how to support the development of skills that employees can use to confidently and realistically respond to workplace stressors and adapt in the face of challenges.
Arizona employers face myriad changes and emerging trends that will affect their workplaces in 2020. Join this webinar for updates on developments at the federal, state, and local levels, including minimum wage increases under federal law, Arizona’s Fair Wages and Healthy Families Act, and Flagstaff’s Minimum Wage Law. Additional topics will include new methods in Arizona to obtain injunctions against workplace harassment; the U.S. Department of Labor’s overtime rule, which imposes a new salary threshold; and the National Labor Relations Board’s new clearance for employers to demand confidentiality during investigations. This session will also provide insight into potential Arizona legislation and voter initiatives on recreational marijuana and pay raises for some healthcare workers.
It’s that time of year again: Super Bowl pools and March Madness brackets abound and many employees are joining in. Though it may seem like harmless fun, employers should be mindful of the legal and practical implications of these and other types of gambling in the workplace. Join this informative webinar for an overview of the various state and federal laws implicated when employees gamble at work, such as the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Interstate Wire Act, and for insights into what employers may want to consider when developing and implementing company policies. The presenters will also address the impact of sports betting legalization that occurred in nearly 20 states following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Murphy v. NCAA, which struck down the federal prohibition on sports wagering. Other topics will include the legality of office pools, gambling and employee theft, and the potential risks to employers.