USCIS Streamlines Adjudication of Nonimmigrant Dependent Spouses to Secure Work Authorization

USCIS Streamlines Adjudication of Nonimmigrant Dependent Spouses to Secure Work Authorization

On January 19, 2023, the US Department of Homeland Security reached a settlement in Edakunni v. Mayorkas. The settlement brings in policy changes to the way in which US Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) adjudicates extension of status, change of status, and employment authorization applications filed by spouses and children of L-1 and H-1B non-immigrant visa holders, along with the petition filed on behalf of the principal applicant so long as they are concurrently and properly filed.

Regular Rate of Pay

Regular Rate of Pay

Employers have probably heard this phrase: “Regular Rate of Pay.” Oftentimes, employers are unsure what this phrase really means, which is unfortunate, as it can be a sore spot for lawsuits against employers. In this video, we will dispel some confusion surrounding this concept and explain why it truly matters for California employers.

California’s New Fast Food Worker Law Put on Hold

California’s New Fast Food Worker Law Put on Hold

On Friday, January 13, 2023, a Sacramento County Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction to prevent the implementation of California’s FAST Recovery Act (the “Act”) (AB 257). The law, which was pending a statewide referendum, would have established a Fast Food Council that would set industry-wide standards for wages, working hours, and other working conditions related to the health and safety of fast food employees. It was set to go into effect at the beginning of this year.

An Employee’s Final Paycheck

An Employee’s Final Paycheck

As business lawyers, we are often asked questions about when an employee’s final paycheck is due and what penalties are assessed for a failure to comply with California’s final paycheck laws. Whether an employee is discharged or quits, an employee must receive timely payment of their wages in accordance with Labor Code Sections 201-203. This article addresses basic information employers must be aware of in order to be in compliance with such Labor Codes.

FTC’s New Proposed Rule: Will Non-Competes Be No More?

FTC’s New Proposed Rule: Will Non-Competes Be No More?

On January 5, 2023, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) published a proposed rule that would ban employers from imposing non-compete clauses with employees (“Proposed Rule”). If adopted, it will make it easier for employees to switch jobs and will impact employee compensation structure and the protection of confidential information.