President Trump Signs Executive Order Temporary Suspending Many Employment-Based Visa Categories: See Alternative Options

On Monday June 22, President Donald Trump signed an executive order suspending the issuance of visas in certain nonimmigrant (temporary) worker categories through the end of the calendar year 2020, extended an existing temporary ban on certain permanent visa categories through the end of the year, and ordered government agencies to investigate possible further work …

USCIS Resumes Premium Processing and Reopens Field Offices in Phases

On March 20, USCIS announced the temporary suspension of Premium Processing for all Form I-129 and I-140 petitions due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).  On June 1, 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it will resume premium processing for Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker and Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Workers, in phases over the next month.  https://youtu.be/KM5K5yhgmNc Watch our video …

Bill Introduced to Provide Another 40,000 Immigrant Visas to Healthcare Workers for Doctors and Nurses Due to COVID-19

On May 5, 2020, Senators Perdue (R-GA), Young (R-IN), Cornyn (R-TX), Durbin (D-IL), Coons (D-DE), and Leahy (D-VT) introduced S.3599, the Healthcare Workforce Resilience Act, which seeks to enhance the healthcare workforce during the COVID-19 global pandemic by recapturing 40,000 unused immigrant visas for doctors and nurses. The number of visas available shall be the …

40% of Laid off Employees Won’t Be Re-hired. What Will You Do If You’re One of Them?

by Jennifer Grady, Esq. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released unemployment data on May 8 showing that the U.S. economy lost over 20 million jobs in April, and the unemployment rate spiked to 14.7 percent, the worst since the Great Depression. However, due to the way the reporting was calculated, this number is estimated …

H-2B Visa Update: DHS Relaxes Rules to Help Soften Covid-19’s Impact on Food Supply Chain

The Department of Homeland Security announced a temporary final rule to change certain H-2B requirements in light of the COVID-19 public health emergency. The current Administration enacted a temporary change to rules on H-2B guest workers to help beleaguered meatpacking plants keep those foreign employees in the United States as the companies deal with absenteeism …

La Escasez de Conductores de Camiones Puede Resolverse Mediante Tarjetas Verdes (“Green Card”) por el Visado EB-3

Durante los últimos 15 años, Estados Unidos ha experimentado una grave escasez de conductores de camiones disponibles y calificados. Según un informe reciente del grupo de la industria de camiones más grande de la nación, las American Trucking Associations (ATA), a fines de 2018, la industria tenía pocas posiciones de 60,800 conductores. La ATA predice …

¿Cómo Afectará COVID-19 a las Reclamaciones de Indemnización Laboral (Workers’ Compensation) en California?

El 6 de mayo, el gobernador de California Gavin Newsom impuso una nueva orden que impone la carga a los empleadores en las reclamaciones de compensación de trabajadores (workers' compensation) debido a Covid-19 que es retroactiva al 19 de marzo. Los trabajadores que SE ORDENA QUE: Se presumirá que cualquier enfermedad relacionada con COVID-19 de …

Visas H-2B Para Conductores de Camiones Locales Durante la Escasez de Conductores

por Abogada Jennifer Grady Se espera que la escasez de camioneros en EE. UU. se duplique en la próxima década a medida que la industria lucha por reemplazar a los conductores que envejecen y reclutar más mujeres. El déficit del conductor aumentó a 60.800 personas en 2018, lo que representa un aumento del 17% respecto …

H-2B Visas for Local Truck Drivers During Driver Shortages

The U.S. trucker shortage is expected to more than double over the next decade as the industry struggles to replace aging drivers and recruit more women. The driver deficit swelled 60,800 in 2018, which was a 17% increase over the prior year, according to a study by the American Trucking Associations. What if there was …

How Will Covid-19 Affect Worker’s Compensation Claims in California?

On May 6, California Governor Gavin Newsom imposed a new order putting the burden on employers in worker’s compensation claims due to Covid-19 that is retroactive to March 19. Workers who contract COVID-19 while on the job may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation. The Governor signed an executive order that creates a time-limited rebuttable presumption for …

Do California Employees Have to Wear a Face Covering When Returning to Work?

by Jennifer Grady, Esq. Now that employees are returning to work, many employers may wonder whether employees are required to wear face coverings in the workplace. The answer may depend on where your employees are located, and whether they are considered "essential workers." As of this writing, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that …

RETURN TO WORK UPDATES TO COMPANY POLICIES & EMPLOYEE HANDBOOKS

Now that some states and counties are allowing employees to return to work, even in a limited capacity, employers need to consider how their workplace will be different due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.   The following topics should be addressed in a revised Employee Handbook or Coronavirus Addendum to the Handbook. Policies longer than a few …

What Can a Visa Holder Do if It’s Impossible to Leave US Due to Covid-19 Before Lawful Status Expires?

If a person in non-immigrant status in the US does not leave the country before his or her period of authorization expires, he or she would be considered out of status, and may begin accruing unlawful presence in the United States. However, what if the alien cannot leave the US due to travel restrictions in …

Telecommuting Employees May Be Reimbursed for Phone and Internet Use During Covid-19; Other Work-from-Home Recommendations

Since January 1, 2016, California employers must reimburse employees for use of their personal cell phones based on the decision in the landmark cell phone reimbursement class action case, Cochran v. Schwan’s Home Services, Inc. In addition, under Labor Code section 2802, employees must be reimbursed for "all necessary expenditures or losses incurred by the …

Get it Before It’s Gone! A Summary of SBA Loan Programs

While many businesses are struggling to stay afloat due to the effects of forced business closures resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic, there are fortunately several options for business owners to keep their businesses operational. The following is a summary of the loan programs that are available from the US Small Business Association in partnership with …