USCIS Offices To Reopen June 4

On May 27, USCIS announced that it is preparing to reopen some U.S. offices and resume non-emergent services on or after June 4. This is welcome news to those who have had interviews and appointments cancelled or postponed since the suspension of in-person services on March 18. This will impact several services, including:Naturalization ceremonies which will be shortened with reduced attendance Asylum interviews which will be rescheduled at asylum offices Application Support Centers which process biometric appointments will reschedule cancelled appointments Those who had other types of appointments must reschedule through the USCIS Contact Center once field offices are reopened at https://ww

Practice Area Spotlight - Human Resources & Compliance

For many employers, day-to-day risk management of human resources and compliance challenges is akin to walking a tightrope. Navigating this tightrope requires not just familiarity with employment law, but also familiarity with the dynamics of organizational development and culture. In addition to traditional employment-related legal work as part of the Firm's Labor & Employment Practice Group, Robin Foret advises small to medium-sized companies on day-to-day human resources and legal compliance issues. Robin has almost 20 years of experience assisting companies by resolving day-to-day human resources issues, that include hiring, discipline, training and terminations, I-9 compliance as well a

Wolf Signs Exemption Allowing U.S. Entry of Certain Professional Athletes

In support of the Trump Administration’s reopening of the economy, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad F. Wolf signed an order that exempts certain foreign professional athletes who compete in professional sporting events organized by certain leagues, including their essential staff and their dependents, from proclamations barring their entry into the U.S. READ ORDER

Welcome To Summer Clerk Briauna Williams

Seltzer, Chadwick, Soefje & Ladik, PLLC is pleased to welcome Briauna Williams, who began her summer clerkship at the firm this week. Ms. Williams just completed her first year at New England Law School in Boston. She received an M.S. degree in accounting in 2019 from Texas A&M - Commerce, and a B.BA. in accounting in 2018 from Jarvis Christian College . She will be primarily working with Tim Soefje at the firm's Frisco office.

Coronavirus Crisis: OSHA Steps Up Enforcement As Businesses Reopen

Effective May 26, 2020, OSHA is rescinding the Interim Enforcement Response Plan for Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), published by the agency on April 13, 2020 (See April 15, 2020 Post), and the Enforcement Guidance for Recording Cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), published by the agency on April 10, 2020. As businesses reopen, OSHA will instead be guided by two revised enforcement policies. READ MORE

DOL Unshackles Overtime Exemption For "Retail or Service Establishments"

Section 207(i) of the Fair Labor Standards Act provides a limited overtime pay exemption to relieve employers in ‘”retail or service establishments” from the obligation of paying overtime compensation to certain employees paid primarily on the basis of commissions. The U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) has interpreted “retail or service establishment” as requiring the establishment have a “retail concept.” 29 C.F.R. 779.316. Such an establishment typically “sells goods or services to the general public”, “serves the everyday needs of the community”, disposes its products and skills “in small quantities”, and “does not take part in the manufacturing process.” 29 C.F.R. 779.318(a). The DOL al

How Will Athletes In China Or Europe Enter The U.S. During Travel Ban?

In March, President Trump issued multiple proclamations suspending the entry into the United States of individuals who were physically present within the Schengen Area of Europe, the Islamic Republic of Iran, and the People’s Republic of China during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States, subject to certain exceptions. The following exceptions allow individuals to be admitted to the U.S. in spite of the proclamations: (i) any alien whose entry would not pose a significant risk of introducing, transmitting, or spreading the virus, as determined by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, through the CDC Director or his designee; (ii) any alien wh

COVID-19 Procedures To Reopen Economy: Back To Work Is Not Necessarily Back To Normal

As much of the nation prepares to return to work after weeks of isolation in the wake of the continuing pandemic, the question as to what measures to take to protect the health and safety of the public looms over the hopes of an economic recovery. The competing societal interests of containing the spread of the Coronavirus and reducing the death toll, while at the same time preventing the continued economic decline and increase in unemployment claims, present a challenge for all Americans. Unfortunately, a vaccine is not expected in the near future, nor is the elimination of the COVID-19 virus (the “Virus”) expected in the coming months despite warmer temperatures. READ MORE

Practice Area Spotlight - Bankruptcy

For many debtors and creditors, the COVID-19 crisis has presented unprecedented challenges. The firm's bankruptcy practice is available to assist these challenges. Seltzer, Chadwick, Soefje & Ladik, PLLC represents creditors and debtors in financial restructurings, workouts, bankruptcy cases and other matters involving financially distressed persons and entities. The firm's bankruptcy practice encompasses all of Texas and Oklahoma. James B. Jameson, based out of the firm's Houston office, has more than 35 years of experience representing high net worth individuals and businesses in distressed financial situations. He can be contacted by e-mail at jjameson@realclearcounsel.com or by telephone

Firm Adds Board Certified Consumer & Commercial Law Lawyer Keith Wier

Board Certified Consumer & Commercial Law Lawyer Keith Wier has joined Seltzer, Chadwick, Soefje & Ladik, PLLC as Of Counsel in the firm's Plano office. Mr. Wier focuses his practice on the defense of individual and class action suits under state and federal consumer statutes, professional liability defense, and compliance issues for members of the collection industry. Mr. Wier received his bachelor's degree in 1983 from the University of Texas in Austin. He received his law degree from the University of Houston Law Center in 1986. Mr. Wier is a frequent lecturer and author on defense and compliance issues facing the legal malpractice, collection, credit, and debt buying industries and has

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