Myth 1: Buy a Green Card – The EB-5 program was established to help high-net-worth individuals buy a green card.
Monday Morning Regulatory Review: White House Transparency Regulations; Federal Fleet Pollution; Federal Fracking; & H-2B Vacatur & Emergency Regulations
Prioritizing last week’s interesting regulatory affairs proves a little difficult because the affairs are so diverse, so this post may seem random.
The General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board has instructed agency regional directors and other officials charged with investigating unfair labor practice charges to consider whether the immigration status of affected employees may affect the Board’s ability to proceed in litigation and fashion effective remedies.
H&R Block announced in January that it would offer immigration document preparation services in some of its Texas stores. The business model depended on customers going into the stores, where “trained immigration assistants” would help them use proprietary computer software to fill out the forms.
H&R Block launched an experimental and innovative service in Texas in January to assist immigrants in completing INS forms.
In many ways, federal immigration laws and various labor and employment laws, including the FLSA, may appear fundamentally at odds with each other: prohibiting work by undocumented workers on one hand, but allowing them to recover damages when they are not paid work on the other.
On the heels of the President’s executive action on immigration, Richard Griffin, the National Labor Relations Board’s General Counsel, issued GC Memorandum 15-03 on February 27, 2015 providing updated procedures to address issues that might arise in the investigation and prosecution of unfair labor practice cases involving employees’ immigration status.
As a result of a federal court ruling last week, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) have shut down the seasonal employment work visa (H-2B) program.
In December 2014, DHS was the only agency that did not receive full-year funding in the federal spending bill, in the midst of the dispute over Obama’s executive actions related to immigration form.DHS and its sub-agencies were facing a shutdown if a funding bill was not passed.
Monday Morning Regulatory Review: H-2B Regulations Vacated – Again; Immigration Executive Action Litigation IV; And Aircraft Engines & Greenhouse Gases
Last week’s highlights in regulatory practice were few and tread familiar ground, but have much meaning.