NLRB Limits Ability of Employers to Ban Use of Cameras in Workplace

The NLRB has extended Section 7 to limit the ability of employers to ban the use of cameras (including those on phones) in the workplace. Section 7 of the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) gives employees the right to form, join, support, or assist…
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Diversity Lottery 2017 Open October 1 to November 3!

The U.S. Department of State has announced registration dates for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery 2017 (DV-2017). Online registration for the Diversity Lottery will be accepted beginning October 1, 2015 at noon EDT (GMT -4) until November 3…
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KBR, Inc. Settlement Prompts SEC Initiative for Whistleblowers Protection

Due to a recent enforcement action by the SEC, companies in the financial services industry are now on alert of potential SEC action against employers for including confidentiality clauses in employment-related agreements that restrict employees from…
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Oregon Senate Passes Brownfields Land Bank Bill

By a vote of 26-2, the Oregon Senate passed the "Brownfields Land Bank Bill" today. HB 2734 had previously passed the House with a vote of 43-15. The bill now heads to the Governor's office for signature. With the enactment of the Brownfields Land…
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Technical Difficulties Cause Delay in Nonimmigrant Visa Processing at U.S. Consulates and Embassies Worldwide

The U.S. Department of State (DOS), Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with its visa system which has resulted in delays in printing visas and may mean rescheduling visa interviews. This issue is not specific to…
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DOL Proposes Major Changes to Investment Adviser "Fiduciary" Definition

On April 14, 2015, the U.S. Department of Labor (the "DOL") issued proposed regulations redefining who is a "fiduciary" of an employee benefit plan under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 ("ERISA") as a result of giving investment…
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Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing of Extension of Stay H-1B Petitions

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will temporarily suspend its premium processing service for all H-1B Petitions requesting an Extension of Stay (including amendment and change of employer requests). The temporary…
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USCIS Announces FY2016 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2015, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2016 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 1 to April 7, 2015. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000 visas…
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Employment Authorization for Certain H-4 Spouses

To help U.S. businesses retain highly-skilled workers, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a final rule providing employment authorization eligibility to certain H-4 spouses. Beginning May 26, 2015, certain H-4 spouses of…
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New (Cap) H-1B Filings: April 1 Deadline

April 1 through 7, 2015 is the deadline for new H-1B petitions to be filed under the USCIS H-1B quota (assuming, as in the past, that the H-1B quota will be immediately exhausted). We recommend that employers review upcoming hiring needs and…
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Effect of Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation on U.S. Businesses

As of July 1, 2014, U.S. businesses that interact with people or companies in Canada have been required to comply with Canada's Anti-Spam Legislation ("CASL"). CASL prohibits sending an unsolicited commercial electronic message ("CEM") to a recipient…
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Diversity Lottery 2016 Opens October 1!

The U.S. Department of State has announced registration dates for the Diversity Immigrant Visa Lottery 2016 (DV-2016). Online registration for the Diversity Lottery will be accepted beginning October 1, 2014 at noon EDT until November 3, 2014, at…
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USCIS Announces FY2015 H-1B Cap Reached

On April 7, 2014, USCIS announced that the H-1B cap for fiscal year 2015 was reached within the five business day filing window running from April 1 to April 7, 2014. This includes both the U.S. advanced degree cap preference limit of 20,000 visas…
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New (Cap) H-1B Filings -- April 1 Deadline

April 1 through 7, 2014 is the deadline for new H-1B petitions to be filed under the USCIS H-1B quota (assuming, as in the past, that the H-1B quota will be immediately exhausted). Employers should therefore determine as soon as possible whether they…
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2013 HR Roundup - Checklist of New Employment Laws this Year

The year 2013 brought several changes to employment laws affecting Oregon employers. In this alert, we highlight the key changes of this past year so that our clients are aware of the changes, and have an opportunity to update their employee…
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Don't Let The Holidays Take You For a Sleigh Ride

With the holidays around the corner, many employers organize parties to promote collegial working relationships and foster a pleasant work environment. While the benefits of holiday parties on employee morale are tangible, they may also present legal…
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Proposed Regulation Crowdfunding: Who Wants to Be a Crowdfunding Platform? Part II

On October 23, 2013, the SEC proposed rules governing the offer and sale of securities through "crowdfunding." If adopted, these rules would permit companies to raise capital by selling small amounts of equity to large groups of investors via…
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Proposed Regulation Crowdfunding: Few Surprises and Possibly a Step Forward - Part I

On October 23, 2013, the SEC proposed rules governing the offer and sale of securities through "crowdfunding." If adopted, these rules would allow issuers to raise capital by selling small amounts of equity to a large number of investors via…
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New Legal Developments in California's Booming Renewable Energy Market

Renewable energy advocates have many reasons to cheer recent legal developments in California. First, Governor Jerry Brown signed a quartet of renewable energy-related bills into law. Second, the California Public Utilities Commission recently…
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IRS Modifies "Use-it-or Lose-it" Rule for Health Flexible Spending Accounts

On October 31, 2013 the IRS issued Notice 2013-71 modifying the "use-it-or-lose-it" rule for health flexible spending accounts ("FSAs") under ยง125 cafeteria plans. These modified rules are welcome relief for employers and employees, and can apply as…
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