Overtime Wage Changes Anticipated

Overtime Rule changes anticipated soon.  Over a year ago, attempts were made to change the Overtime rules.  While these changes failed, new proposed overtime changes are planned to be announced this year that may go into effect by 2020.  These changes will address which employees may be required to be paid overtime. Information on the changes will come in the form of Proposed Regulatory Rules and will request the public’s comments on the proposed Rules before becoming final.

In light of these changes, its wise that employers begin to identify any employees who are classified as exempt but paid below $40,000.  Employees may also want to discuss these overtime changes with their employer once the Proposed Rules become final.

Employers should discuss these issues with experienced employment law attorneys if any questions arise.

 

 

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“Immigration Intelligence” an Informational Seminar

“Immigration Intelligence,” an informative seminar, was given to local business owners at the Wichita Pachyderm Club on April 6, 2018.  As a courtesy to inform others, the Club prepared the attached YouTube recording of the Immigration Intelligence seminar.  The Seminar provides an educational overview of some the recent immigration issues and trends.

Immigration has become a hot topic for many communities.  Many of the attendees felt that an understanding of the Immigration process for individuals helps community leaders address any potential changes in the immigration laws.

What should Employers do with Employment-Based Visas considering the Post-Election activity?

With the Presidential election over and recent Cabinet appointments, changes on  immigration policy will likely occur in some fashion.  Recent President-Elect’s comments and the appointment of Sen. Jeff Sessions as Attorney General give some indication of stronger immigration enforcement in the near future.  So, what does this mean for Employers and how should Employers begin to plan for any change in employment-related immigration policy?

For Employers with workers on employment-based visas, the Human Resource department should audit these visas and related visa expiration dates.  This enables an Employer to address changes on any visa renewals or adjustment of visas once the new Administration focuses on immigration issues in the U.S.   This also enables Human Resource professionals to plan ahead for any potential changes in the employer’s workforce.

The Post-Election activity also hints that employers should evaluate its immigration compliance procedures.  Anticipating an increase of immigration enforcement means the employer should audit its compliance practices on immigration matters.  This includes auditing Form I-9s, immigration practices (like E-Verify), and compliance files.

Ultimately, the employer will want to be in the best position to address any changes in employment-based visas and compliance efforts.

While the above provides some issues for employers to consider, an employer with any questions, should contact an experienced immigration-employment attorney. immigration-reform

New Employment & Immigration Law Firm

Years ago, there were Open Houses when a business opened. Today, with websites there are Launch Dates.  We are excited to announce the website for our new Employment & Immigration Law Firm at http://galdean.com/. Please share your comments or sign up for periodic Blogs and Newsletters coming soon.galdean_law-logo-2

EEOC’s New Strategic Plan on Employer Enforcement

The EEOC approved its new Enforcement Plan for 2017-2021. The Plan keeps the same priority areas as previous years but adds two more areas.  It adds 1) issues related to complex employment relationships and 2) backlash discrimination against those who are Muslim, Sikh, and Arab, Middle Eastern or South Asian descent.  The Plan and new areas will likely evolve over the next year as the EEOC gets a new General Counsel when the current General Counsel leaves in December. https://www.eeoc.gov/eeoc/plan/sep-2017.cfm

Business Immigration – I-94 for Travel

For Businesses bring talented foreigners to the US, it is sometimes about timing. Getting the individuals into the U.S. can be important for the individual to begin work and the company to stay competitive.  Additionally, quickly being processed at the Port, makes the employee’s travel that much less stressful.  Now, an individual can secure their I-94 in advance to crossing at the Port with the online I-94 application payment.  A business looking to address business immigration issues should contact an experienced immigration attorney. https://www.cbp.gov/newsroom/national-media-release/cbp-makes-online-i-94-application-payment-available-travelers

 

DHS Proposed Rule to Bring International Entrepreneurs to US

Today, the Department of Homeland Security proposed a Rule directed at International Entrepreneurs. The proposed Rule is to help the U.S. “economy grow by expanding immigration options for foreign entrepreneurs who meet certain criteria for creating jobs, attracting investment and generating revenue in the U.S.” The proposed Rule plans to provide entrepreneurs an initial stay of up to two years to oversee and grow their startup entity in the United States.  The next stage of the proposed Rule is to invite public comments over a period of 45 days.

Diversity Leader for Hispanics

The Wichita Business Journal recognized Trinidad Galdean as a Leader in Diversity for 2016.  The recognition was given to five individuals and several organizations for their efforts in diversity and inclusion.  Trinidad is the current State President for Kansas Society of Human Resources Management.  Information on the award is available in the article on Trinidad in the Wichita Business Journal. http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/print-edition/2016/05/20/galdean-uses-law-background-to-aid-hispanic.html

 

2016 Leaders in Diversity

The Wichita Business Journal announced the selection of individuals as Leaders in Diversity.  It is an honor to have been selected for this recognition in 2016.  http://www.bizjournals.com/wichita/news/2016/03/18/announcing-the-2016-leaders-in-diversity.html