New York City Employers Should Prepare for Salary History Ban Taking Effect on October 31

New York City’s new ban on inquiries concerning salary history will take effect on October 31, 2017.  According to the law signed by Mayor de Blasio this spring, it will be considered an unlawful discriminatory practice for any employer to inquire about the salary history of a job applicant or to use the applicant’s prior
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Immigration Alert: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for All H-1B Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has resumed Premium Processing today for all H-1B petitions. Premium Processing was previously suspended for all H-1B petitions starting April 3, 2017, and subsequently reinstated for H-1B petitions filed on behalf of physicians under the Conrad 30 waiver program, interested government waivers, and Fiscal Year 2018 cap-subject filings. What Employers
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Immigration Alert: DHS Seeks Public Comments on Expanded Data Collection Effective October 18, 2017

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing plans to collect additional information and social media data on all immigrants. The scope of data collection is potentially very broad, and affected groups include green card holders, naturalized citizens, and relatives and associates of any individuals subject to the Immigration
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Immigration Alert: Cap-Subject H-1Bs Approved for Fiscal Year 2018 to Take Effect on October 1

H-1B cap-subject visa petitions filed and approved by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for Fiscal Year 2018 will take effect on or after October 1, 2017. Change of Status Filings: H-1B cap-subject petitions filed as “change of status” will take effect on October 1, 2017 if the beneficiary: Was physically present in the U.S.
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Immigration Alert: Trump Administration Announces New Travel Restrictions

The Trump Administration issued a Proclamation on September 24th, 2017 announcing various restrictions on nonimmigrant and immigrant entry for certain foreign nationals who are citizens or nationals of eight countries: North Korea, Venezuela, Chad, Syria, Iran, Somalia, Libya, and Yemen. The Administration previously issued travel restrictions through Executive Orders in January and March for certain nationals
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Immigration Alert: USCIS Resumes Premium Processing for FY 2018 Cap-Subject H-1B Petitions

On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it resumed Premium Processing for pending H-1B visa petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 cap. Processing for Non-Cap Subject H-1B Petitions Premium Processing was previously suspended for all H-1B petitions starting April 3, 2017, and subsequently reinstated for H-1B petitions filed on behalf
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Trump Administration to Rescind DACA Protections

The Trump Administration announced that it intends to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as “DACA.” The program, established by Executive Order in 2012, affects approximately 800,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children and were granted protection from deportability and issued valid work authorization. In today’s announcement, the
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Immigration Alert: Enhanced Immigration Vetting Being Implemented

In April 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order entitled “Buy American, Hire American,” which instructed the U.S. Department of Justice, Department of State, Department of Labor, and Department of Homeland Security to propose new rules, guidance, and reforms to ensure stricter enforcement of all current laws, “protect the interests of U.S. workers,” and prevent
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Immigration Alert: US Embassy in Russia to Suspend Nonimmigrant Visas Starting August 23

The Department of State (DOS) announced that as a result of the Russian government’s personnel cap imposed on the U.S. Mission, all nonimmigrant visa operations across Russia will be suspended beginning August 23, 2017. Nonimmigrant visas (NIV) include temporary business visitors and common temporary work visas. What Employers Can Expect Visa operations will resume on
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Brian Brokate to Speak on Trade Dress Protection at PLI’s Intellectual Property Law Institute 2017

Brian Brokate will speak at PLI’s Intellectual Property Law Institute 2017 on October 2, 2017. His session is titled “Latest Developments in the Protection of Trade Dress.” Topics include understanding trade dress enforcement, recent trade dress cases and legal developments, and best practices for protection.  Brian and Gibney associate Maja Szumarska co-authored a chapter in
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