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  • Premium Processing Now Available for Cap H-1B Visas

    September 19, 2017

    On September 18, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services resumed the premium processing option for Fiscal Year 2018 H-1B cap visa petitions filed for an October 1, 2018 start date. Premium processing guarantees a 15-day processing time for either approval or a request for evidence for an additional $1,225 filing fee.

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  • USCIS: Latest Form I-9 to be published on July 17

    July 14, 2017

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced yesterday that the latest Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, will be released on July 17. Employers will be able to use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through September 17, 2017.

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  • Recent Legislation Offers Small Employers a New HRA Option

    January 18, 2017

    A health reimbursement arrangement (HRA) is a funding arrangement under which employers fund health care expenses for their employees on a pre-tax basis. Prior to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), HRAs were popular among small employers as a cheap and flexible option to provide health care benefits to employees.

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  • Reminder: Minimum Wage in Michigan Increasing in January

    December 5, 2016

    On January 1, 2017, the minimum wage rate in Michigan will increase from $8.50 per hour to $8.90 per hour. This increase marks the third out of four scheduled increases which began in 2014. 

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  • New DHS Rule Gives Employers, Employees Flexibility in the Face of Immigrant Visa Backlogs

    November 29, 2016

    The Department of Homeland Security published a final rule on November 18, 2016, relating to certain employment-based visa programs. The new regulations will go into effect on January 17, 2017. The rule focuses on job flexibility in the face of immigrant visa backlogs. It seeks to make it easier for U.S. employers to hire and retain foreign workers who have been approved for an employment-based immigrant visa but are awaiting lawful permanent resident status, while also benefitting those workers by providing greater flexibility to seek promotions, accept lateral positions with the same employer, or change employers.

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  • Federal Court Blocks New DOL Overtime Exemption Rule from Taking Effect on December 1

    November 23, 2016

    In a stunning turn of events, a federal court in Texas issued a nationwide injunction late yesterday blocking the U.S. Department of Labor's new rule on overtime exemptions from taking effect. The rule, which was slated for implementation on December 1, 2016, would have more than doubled the salary threshold that "white collar" workers need to receive in order to qualify as exempt from the overtime requirements under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA). In light of the injunction, there is thus no longer a requirement to boost the salaries of white collar exempt workers to at least $47,476 annually beginning December 1 in order to avoid having to pay them overtime.

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