Employers who recently hired F-1 foreign students and wish to continue to employ them beyond the one or three years of Optional Practical Training employment authorization should contact immigration counsel and start making a plan. USCIS announced that it would begin accepting electronic registrations for H-1B visas on March 1, 2023. The registration period runs until March 17, 2023, at noon Eastern time. Selected registrants will be notified in late March or early April. Selectees will then have 90 days to file an H-1B petition with the US Citizenship and Immigration Service. If the petition is approved, the visa will issue on October 1, 2023.
Archives for February 1, 2023
CDF Webinar: California’s New Pay Transparency/Equal Pay Law in 30-Minutes
In September of 2022, Governor Newsom signed Senate Bill 1162 into law. That law creates and expands upon a number of obligations for California employers, including:
1. Requiring all California employers with 15 or more employees to include the pay scale for all advertised positions in all job postings
2. Requiring all California employers to provide current employees with the pay scale for their position, if requested
3. Requiring all California employers to maintain certain additional wage records for the duration of employment, plus three years after employment terminates
4. Requiring California employers with 100 or more employees to submit certain employee pay data, broken down by location and analyzed based on race/ethnicity and gender, to the California Civil Rights Division
5. Requiring California employers with 100 or more employees to provide the California Civil Rights Division with the ownership names of all labor contractors used to supply workers
Last month, the California Department of Industrial Relations published some FAQs to help guide compliance.
In this thirty-minute webinar, attorneys Mark S. Spring and Wanja Guy will review the statutory obligations and FAQs, help clarify these new obligations in practical terms, and provide their insights on what California employers should think about to put themselves in the best position to be in compliance with all the new Pay Transparency and Equal Pay obligations that are now in effect. Spring and Guy will also discuss the new penalties that the state can levy on California employers who are not in compliance with the obligations.
Come join us later this month for this important thirty-minute program.
CA MCLE, HRCI and SHRM credit pending.
The EEOC’s Updated Guidance Addresses Hearing Disabilities and the ADA
On January 24, 2023, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) issued a technical assistance guidance explaining how the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) applies to job applicants and employees with hearing disabilities.
The Year Ahead in Benefits
Benefits beyond the usual medical, dental and vision will continue to occupy HR ideas and initiatives in 2023. Jackson Lewis principals Joy Napier-Joyce and Melissa Ostrower note that employers will be proactive, formalizing and distributing policies focused on both retention through benefits and recession should one materialize.
The Year Ahead in Workplace Safety
OSHA enforcement and regulatory rulemaking will be big in 2023. Jackson Lewis principals and former feds Courtney M. Malveaux and Melanie L. Paul say heat illnesses, infectious disease standards, electronic recordkeeping requirements, and higher fines are just some of the action areas for which employers need to prepare.
The Year Ahead in the Proposed FTC Rule Banning Non-Competes
The sky is not yet falling for non-competes. Jackson Lewis principals Clifford R. Atlas, Daniel J. Doron and Erik J. Winton say the FTC’s four varieties of alternatives to its own proposed rules suggests now is the time for employers to read the room and address any potential issues.
Kimberly Bennett Discusses Considerations for Upcoming H-1B Visa Lottery
Kimberly Bennett discusses considerations for employers navigating the upcoming H-1B Visa Lottery deadline for professional positions requiring a bachelor’s degree in the podcast “TEQ One Mic Stand: H-1B Visa Updates with Kimberly Bennett of Jackson Lewis,” broadcast by Pittsburgh Technology Council.
(Mothering) Justice Denied: Legislative Amendments to Minimum Wage and Paid Sick Leave Upheld
The Michigan legislature was within its authority to amend two ballot initiatives in 2018, one to significantly raise the minimum wage and the other to greatly expand the availability of paid sick leave to employees, the Michigan Court of Appeals has held. Mothering Justice v. Attorney General, 2023 Mich. App. LEXIS 625 (Mich. Ct. App. Jan. 26, 2023).
Goldberg Segalla Ranked Among Largest Law Firms in Philadelphia
The Philadelphia Business Journal has ranked the Philadelphia office of Goldberg Segalla as one of the largest law firms in the city. Philadelphia is one of 22 Goldberg Segalla offices in major metro areas across the country, reaching from California to Connecticut. The firm has grown by expanding into markets where our clients need us most, establishing legal teams with the right experience in the right jurisdictions.
A Key Measure of Wages Showed Moderation at the End of 2022
The Employment Cost Index, which Federal Reserve officials watch closely as a gauge of pay trends, is picking up more slowly.
How to Work with a Workaholic Colleague
You don’t have to follow their lead. Here’s how to set boundaries.
Paid family leave still out of reach for most American workers
Share of private sector U.S. workers with paid family leave, by income group
Pay for your own massage! How the era of extreme office perks came to an end
From free dinners and laundry to wellness centres and rides home, the lavish extras bestowed by tech companies are becoming a thing of the past
Big Labor Can’t Quit Shrinking
Unionized workers fall to 10.1% of the U.S. workforce, despite political help.
Judge Finds Amazon Broke Labor Law in Anti-Union Effort
The ruling, on charges brought by the National Labor Relations Board, involved actions at two Staten Island warehouses before union votes last year.