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Posts from January 2016.

U.S. employers who sponsor foreign workers for temporary H-1B work visas should be aware that April 1, 2016, is the earliest date that new H-1B petitions may be filed to count against the upcoming FY17 quota (or “cap”). Employers should be identifying those first-time H-1B workers for which petitions will be filed this April. International students holding F-1 visas are the most common beneficiaries of first-time H-1B petitions. Demand for H-1Bs ...

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia gave the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) until May 10, 2016, to correct the procedural defects to its STEM OPT rule. The prior deadline had been February 12, 2016, to get a new rule in place.

As background, the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers filed a lawsuit against DHS with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the agency’s 2008 rule which allows the U.S ...

Maternity Leave Protection

In accordance with the Maternity Protection Act of 1979 (“Maternity Protection Act”), pregnant women are prohibited from working during the last eight (8) weeks immediately prior to the presumed date of delivery and the eight (8) week period must be calculated based upon a medical certificate provided by the employee’s treating physician. If the delivery occurs before or after the date set forth in medical ...

Denmark has recently adopted several new rules governing restrictive covenants in employment. Originally introduced as Bill 196 in April 2015 by Employment Minister Jorn Neergaard Larsen, implementation was delayed for several months due to the calling of a general election until finally being passed in December. With the new rules, which took effect on January 1st, Denmark has opted to take a decidedly pro mobility stance by sharply limiting the use ...

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