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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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Diversity Lottery 2015 is Open!

The U.S. Department of State has opened entries for the Diversity Lottery 2015 (DV-2015). Online registration for the Diversity Lottery will be accepted until Saturday, November 2, 2013, at noon EDT. The Diversity Lottery allows nationals from…
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SEC Proposes CEO Pay Ratio Disclosure Rules

On September 18, 2013, the Securities and Exchange Commission approved proposed rules requiring the disclosure by public companies of the median annual total compensation of all employees of the company, the annual total compensation of the Chief…
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Veterans Day Mandatory Holiday for Oregon Employers

With Veterans Day (November 11) looming in the horizon, Oregon employers should plan to give the day off to eligible veterans in their workforce. Earlier this year, Governor Kitzhaber signed into law Senate Bill 1 that requires companies to provide…
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EEOC Focuses on ADA and Sex Bias Lawsuits

Information gleaned from the filings by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ("EEOC") for its fiscal year 2013, which ended September 30, shows a very decided emphasis on cases arising under the Americans With Disabilities Act ("ADA") and…
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Private Offerings: SEC Proposes Amendments to Form D

This Client Update is the third segment in a three-part series on the new or proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rules governing private placements, mandated under the JOBS Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. This update focuses on the SEC's proposed…
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Private Offerings: SEC Imposes "Bad Actor" Limitations on Certain Private Placements

This Client Update is the second segment in a three-part series on the new or proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rules governing private placements, mandated under the JOBS Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. This update focuses on the rules…
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Private Offerings SEC Lifts Ban on General Solicitation and Proposes New Requirements

This Client Update is the first segment in a three-part series on the new or proposed Securities and Exchange Commission rules governing private placements, mandated under the JOBS Act and the Dodd-Frank Act. This update, Part 1, focuses on the new…
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U.S. Supreme Court Issues Significant Land Use Decision Benefiting Developers

In a 5-4 decision last month in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, the U.S. Supreme Court made a new contribution to constitutional land use law that could significantly impact the balance of power between developers and local…
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Faster Permitting for Infrastructure Projects May Be On Tap in Pacific Northwest

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and the states of Oregon and Washington have signed a declaration creating the Pacific Northwest Regional Infrastructure (PNRI) team. The PNRI team will work to streamline the permitting process for…
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ACA Employer Mandate and Reporting Requirements Delayed

On July 2, 2013, President Obama announced that implementation of the employer mandate and health care coverage reporting provisions of the Affordable Care Act will be delayed until January 1, 2015.
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Form I-94s to Go Paperless (If Traveling by Air or Sea)

Today, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) started phasing in a "paperless" Form I-94 Arrival/Departure Record for foreign nationals entering the United States in nonimmigrant status by air or sea. Foreign nationals traveling by land will…
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