Home / Business Immigration

Business Immigration

2016 Omnibus Spending Bill Maintains DOL, NLRB Funding, Contains Mixed Immigration News for Businesses

Yesterday, we discussed important immigration legislation pending in Congress.  We can’t overlook the $1.15 trillion FY2016 Omnibus Appropriations Bill that Congress passed this week, though.  The Omnibus Bill avoided another government shutdown and funded most federal agencies through the federal government’s 2016 fiscal year, ...

Read More »

Sen. Cruz, Others Propose Immigration Reforms that Take Aim at Businesses

Immigration issues in the presidential election have focused primarily on pathways to citizenship, border enforcement, and terrorism concerns, but a recently proposed bill entitled the “American Jobs First Act” by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), who is seeking the Republican presidential nomination, and ...

Read More »

DHS Updates Guide for U and T Visas, Increasingly Used by DOL’s Wage and Hour Division

The Department of Homeland Security last week updated its U and T Visa Law Enforcement Guide. The 33-page document is designed to “inform [law enforcement agencies] and address concerns about the role of law enforcement agencies within these visa programs.” and “includes ...

Read More »

Congress Repeals FLSA Provision, Immigration Battle Heads to Supreme Court

Earlier this week, we discussed the important amendment to the transportation bill that would clarify that federal law preempts certain state meal and rest break laws for interstate carriers.  That’s not the only change involving the FLSA and wage and ...

Read More »

E-Verify Deadline Approaching, New Study Shows E-Verify Alone May Not Be Panacea

Recently, I read with interest this study that examines the impact of the 2007 Legal Arizona Workers Act (LAWA) on employment outcomes of low-skilled legal workers. The Act requires Arizona employers to use the federal E-Verify database to determine whether a prospective employee is ...

Read More »

Shepherders and the H-2A Visa: DOL Publishes New Rule on Minimum Wage, Other Issues

In proof that the reach of the Department of Labor, the FLSA, and immigration laws is greater than you ever thought, this past week, the DOL published its Final Rule on shepherders and other herders of range livestock, including goats.  The ...

Read More »

Texas Decision Blocks Immigrants’ Bid for Birth Certificates for Citizen Children

Every now and again, I have to bring your attention to decisions plaguing businesses in wage and hour and immigration in this country, as I did last month with the lack of a “dependent contractor” classification under the FLSA. Not ...

Read More »

DHS’s Proposed STEM OPT Regulation Sent to OMB for Approval

Employers who rely on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) students to fill technical positions got some good news this past week.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) sent its proposed regulation on the STEM Optional Practical Training (OPT) program ...

Read More »