The Current Immigration Environment For Professional Athletes

The current Administration’s emphasis on the “Buy American, Hire American” policy has had a dramatic negative impact on the review of many business visas, with some experiencing sharply increased denial rates in excess 30%. While this policy would appear to have little relevance to the admission of foreign professional athletes coming to the U.S. to provide entertainment to U.S. fans, the Administration’s actions tell a different story. Even though the policy has little relevance to athletic occupations since it is hard to argue that foreign born professional athletes are taking jobs from American athletes, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) has taken an unduly strict approa

New DOL Rules Regarding Tips And Joint Employment Face Uncertainty In Courts

The Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”), which governs minimum wage, overtime pay, equal pay and child labor, expressly authorizes the Secretary of Labor to promulgate rules interpreting the Act. Historically, such rules have received deference in court if the statutory language is ambiguous and the interpretation is reasonable. READ MORE

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