USCIS To Increase Filing Fees

Today, the Department of Homeland Security announced a final rule that adjusts fees for certain immigration and naturalization benefit requests to ensure U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recovers its costs of services. The rule will take effect on October 2, 2020. The full press release can be seen on the link below: Per this chart, I would presume that the fee for P-1 visa petitions would be increased from $460 to $695 under the I-129 MISC heading. *Steven M. Ladik is past President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and represents numerous professional golfers on the LPGA Tour a

Robert Chadwick Interviewed By Texas Lawyer As To COVID-19 Employment Law Issues

Robert Chadwick was interviewed by Texas Lawyer for its July 30, 2020 edition of "Texas Takeaways." The topic was health and safety complaints by employees to their employers in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic. In the interview, Mr. Chadwick noted that retaliation by an employer in response to a health and safety complaint is prohibited by Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety & Health Act. Mr. Chadwick also noted the unique risks presented for Texas employers without worker's compensation insurance: "Although claims alleging negligent exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace will be hard to prove, they are still likely to be filed ... Non-subscriber employers must understand that the mann

COVID 19 & The Impact On Wage & Hour Claims: July 22 Webinar

On July 22, 2020, Robert Chadwick joined Chris Williams, Employment Practices Liability Product Manager at Travelers Insurance, and Casandra Lim, Claims Manager at Allied World National Assurance Company, for a webinar regarding COVID 19 & The Impact on Wage & Hour Claims. The webinar was hosted by the Professional Liability Underwriting Society ("PLUS"). To view and listen to video of the webinar click here.

NLRB Ends Protection For Obscene, Racist & Sexually Harassing Speech

At a time when abusive speech is becoming more and more a part of public discourse, the National Labor Relations Board (“NLRB”) has given greater power to employers to discipline employees for profanity or sexually or racially offensive speech. As noted in a January 2018 blog post, the NLRB long held that concerted activities for the mutual aid or protect of employees can be legally protected under the National Labor Relations Act (“NLRA”) even if laced with abusive or offensive language. The NLRB assumed abusive conduct and protected activity were analytically inseparable. For decades, the NLRB adhered to the position that the discipline or discharge of an employee for abusive conduct duri

USCIS Caught In Funding Controversy

In sharp contrast to the cries of wolf of USCIS to Congress complaining of a projected budget shortfall requiring the furloughing of 13,000 employees during a global pandemic when we have record unemployment, enormous backlogs in the adjudication of immigration filings, cancellation of contracts with employment card and green card manufacturers resulting in extreme delays in deserving individuals and family members receiving their cards, we now know that the information provided to Congress to justify these furloughs was inaccurate. On June 20, the Ombudsman of USCIS stated: “In June 2020, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reduced its capacity to print secure documents, such

Unemployment Compensation In A Pandemic: How Has It Changed In Texas?

The Unemployment Insurance system (UI) helps individuals who have lost their jobs, through no fault of their own, by replacing part of their wages while they remain out of work. This is a state system that is monitored by the U.S. Department of Labor. Under this system, created in 1935, the states provide most of the income by collecting taxes from employers, and the federal government pays only the administrative costs. The basic UI program provides up to 26 weeks of benefits, unless extended benefits of 13 or 20 weeks apply (EB). EB is paid in states that have higher unemployment rates, which does not need to be caused by a national recession. In Texas, UI is administered by the Texas Work

Gov. Abbott Orders Texans To Wear Face Coverings In Public

On July 2, 2020, Texas Governor Greg Abbott issues an Executive Order providing: "Every person in Texas shall wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when inside a commercial entity or other building or space open to the public, or when in an outdoor public space, wherever it is not feasible to maintain six feet of social distancing from another person not in the same household." The exceptions to this requirement are: any person younger than 10 years of age; any person with a medical condition or disability that prevents wearing a face covering; any person while the person is consuming food or drink, or is seated at a restaurant to eat or drink; any person while the person is (a) exerc

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