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Yearly Archives from 2014

Shareholder Edward L. Birk Moderates Seminar on Florida's Sunshine Law

On September 18, 2014 Marks Gray shareholder Edward L. Birk moderated a day-long seminar titled, What You Need to Know about Public Records and Open Meetings in Florida. The seminar provided important information about the public’s right to information and how state and local agencies can be sure to comply with Florida’s broad public records and open meetings laws. Public records officials from state, local, and quasi-governmental organizations attended the seminar to learn the ins […]

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Best Life Tips: Tea Time

Research shows that tea drinkers live a longer and healthier life than those who do not drink tea. Tea contains numerous antioxidants and, according to the study, those who drink it have lower blood pressure as well as a lower BMI. The study further states tea drinkers have lower cholesterol levels, smoked less tobacco, were physically more active than non-tea drinkers and had a reduced risk of developing heart problems. To find out more information related to […]

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FAQ: B-1 Visa

Q: What is a B-1 Visa? A.  The B-1 visa is for business travel such as to consult with business associates, attend a scientific, educational, professional or business conference, settle an estate, or negotiate a contract. The definition of “business” in this instance is limited, and does not generally allow for gainful employment. Citizens of one of the 37 countries participating in the Visa Waiver Program can apply to obtain an Electronic System for Travel Authorization […]

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October Visa Bulletin Released

There was a slight forward movement in most of the employment and family-based categories. All EB-5 visa categories, including China, are current. The increased visa demand requires holding the India EB-2 preference date at May 1, 2009, to keep usage within the FY2015 annual limit, and DOS has advised that India EB-2 is likely to retrogress to 2005 sometime soon. Those eligible to apply for adjustment based on the current priority dates should plan to do it soon before […]

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“Our company,” instead of Employer’s Name, on PERM Notice Proves Insufficient

During the first step of the “green card” process, an employer is required to post a “Notice of Filing” announcing their intent to file a labor certification.  On August 28, 2014, the Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals (BALCA) held that an employer’s name must be explicitly stated on the Notice of Filing.  In Matter of Tera Technologies, Inc., the employer argued that it complied with the regulations, because it used the phrase “our company” on its notice and that […]

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OSC Weighs in on Employer Over- Documenting on the Form I-9

In a request for guidance, OSC advised that it is not aware of any publicly available guidance on steps an employer should take if they accepted too many documents during the I-9 process. OSC noted that an employer may violate the anti-discrimination provision of the INA if it requests more or different documents than required, or rejects “reasonably genuine-looking documents.” Whether a violation occurs depends on the reason for the request. To read the OSC’s guidance, […]

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