The UK government recently announced a new Job Support Scheme, which will replace the UK Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (the “Furlough Scheme”) upon its expiration on October 31, 2020. The Furlough Scheme has been in place since March 2020 to help employers cover up to 80% of the wages for employees who would otherwise have been laid off, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month.
With students across the country returning to remote or socially distanced schooling, many things are looking very different in 2020 – and immigration is no exception. Earlier this year, employers and visa-dependent employees eagerly awaited the first iteration of a pre-filing H-1B cap registration process. Rather than the usual process of submitting a full H-1B petition during the first week of April, the new registration process allowed employers to register their H-1B cap beneficiaries online with a $10 registration fee per employee. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) conducted a random lottery in late March and notified the lucky employers of their registration selections. These employers could then file H-1B cap petitions with USCIS between April and June.
A UK employment tribunal has decisively expanded years of ambiguity surrounding the definition of “gender-reassignment” in the Equality Act to include non-binary gender identities.