Gov. Abbott Announces Phase 1 To Reopen Texas

On April 27, 2020, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order allowing retail stores, restaurants and movie theaters to open at 25% capacity effective May 1, 2020. READ EXECUTIVE ORDER

Chambers USA 2020 Recognizes Steven Ladik As Immigration Law Leader

The 2020 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers For Business has recognized Firm Member Steven M. Ladik as a leading lawyer in the field of immigration law. Mr. Ladik is specifically ranked as a Band 2 immigration lawyer in Texas. The individual commentary notes that Mr. Ladik "represents professional athletes and sports teams in their immigration issues. Peers praise his 'subject matter expertise in the sports industry' as a key strength." Chambers USA 2020 rankings are compiled from confidential, in-depth interviews with clients and attorneys from across the country. The assessments are based on technical legal ability, client service, diligence and other qualities most valued

Trump Executive Order Should Not Impact Athletes

Per the American Immigration Council, the President’s proclamation becomes effective on Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 11:59 PM (ET), and suspends the entry of any individual seeking to enter the U.S. as an immigrant who: ● Is outside the United States on the effective date of the proclamation; ● Does not have a valid immigrant visa on the effective date; and ● Does not have a valid official travel document on the effective date, or issued on any date thereafter that permits travel to the United States to seek entry or admission. Importantly, non-immigrant visa holders are not included in the proclamation. This means that professional athletes and their staff with O and P visas used to compete

Can The U.S. Afford To Stop Immigration Further?

President Trump announced last night that he would “temporarily suspend immigration into the United States” to stop the spread of COVID-19. Many prospective temporary workers, investors, athletes and entertainers are justly concerned by this vague tweet. Section 212(f) of the Immigration Act provides that “Whenever the President finds that the entry of any aliens or of any class of aliens into the United States would be detrimental to the interests of the United States, he may by proclamation, and for such period as he shall deem necessary, suspend the entry of all aliens or any class of aliens as immigrants or non-immigrants, or impose on the entry of aliens any restrictions he may deem to

Coronavirus Crisis: OSHA Establishes Interim Inspection Priorities

On April 13, 2020, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (“OSHA”) published an Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The Plan identifies “[h]igh and very high exposure risk jobs” which will receive priority by the agency in its enforcement activities during the crisis. The Plan states: “High and very high exposure risk jobs are those with high potential for exposure to known or suspected sources of SARS-CoV-2 that occurs during specific medical, postmortem, or laboratory procedures. Workplaces considered to have job duties with high risk of exposures to COVID-19 include, but are not limited to, hospitals treating suspected and/or confirmed COVID

Five Incredible Years!

Seltzer, Chadwick, Soefje & Ladik, PLLC was founded on April 14, 2015, making today our fifth anniversary. ln the past five years, the firm has represented an Indian nation, small and large corporations, sports teams and athletes, non-profit organizations, college coaches, executives and professionals. The firm's skill set includes immigration, business formation, business transactions, tax, risk and crisis management, bankruptcy, government investigations and litigation ranging from simple disputes to class actions. For the past two years, the firm has been recognized as one of the region's "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News & World Report. Several blog articles have been featured in Texas Bar

Coronavirus Crisis: Unique Times Make For Unique Lawsuits

Last month, an article on this blog wrote of a federal lawsuit by two passengers aboard the Grand Princess which was anchored off the coast of California as a result of COVID-19 outbreak. What made the lawsuit unique was that neither of the plaintiffs had actually contracted COVID-19 at the time of its filing. The alleged damages stemmed only from the risk of exposure to the virus. Since then, other unique lawsuits have been filed in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. READ MORE

Coronavirus Crisis: Navigating Maze Of Families First Coronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, President Trump signed into law the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA” or the “ACT”), an emergency measure in response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Act became effective on April 1, 2020, and is scheduled to automatically expire on December 31, 2020. The Act is essentially comprised of two separate statutory provisions that are both enforced by the Department of Labor (“DOL”): (1) the Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act (“EPSLA”) that is enforced through the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”). See 29 C.F.R Part 826.20 et seq.; and (2) the Emergency Family Medical Leave Expansion Act (“EFMLEA”) that is enforced as an extension of the FMLA. See 29 U.S.C. § 2601. et

More Than 70 Texas Counties/Cities Have Stay Home Orders

Texas Governor Gregg Abbott has yet to issue any shelter in place or stay home/work safe order applicable to the entire state. Nevertheless, more than 70 Texas counties and cities have issued such orders. Since not all orders are identical, and because some Texas cities are located in more than one county, businesses are advised to consult the orders applicable to their work sites. Below is a list of orders issued by counties and cities throughout the state as of April 2, 2020. This list is not guaranteed to be comprehensive. The list is also constantly changing and counties and municipalities are constantly amending their orders. Businesses are thus advised to check periodically with local

How Will Small Businesses Fare In Court Under Emergency Paid Leave Law?

For small businesses with fewer than 50 employees, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) includes two parts which suddenly present new, unanticipated and complex leave mandates. Emergency Family & Medical Leave Expansion Act The first part amends the Family & Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) to include leave mandates applicable to school or place of care closures or child care provider unavailability for COVID-19-related reasons. Small businesses with fewer than 50 employees are included in this mandate subject to the authority of the Department of Labor (“DOL”) “to issue regulations for good cause to exclude small businesses …”when the imposition of such a requirement would jeopar

Texas Gov. Issues Executive Order To "Minimize" Non-Essential Contact

On March 31, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued a new executive order providing "every person shall, except where necessary to provide or obtain essential services, minimize social gatherings and minimize in-person contact with people who are not in the same household. The order defines "essential services" to "consist of everything listed in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in its Guidance on the Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce, Version 2.0, plus religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship." The executive order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. on April 2, 2020, and continues in effect until April 30, 2020. READ ORDER

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