Immigration: Community’s Efforts to Becoming Informed

On March 18, 2017, a community in Wichita, KS took it upon itself to become more informed about immigration.  The event was covered by the local paper.  Over 100 people from various backgrounds attended the event. In any community, most people know another person that is somehow affected by an immigration issue.

Where an individual is in the U.S. with or without documents, the immigration issues are a daily concern. Many employers using the immigration visas to bring and attract top talent from other countries are also concerned about the immigration issues. In some communities, children worry about their parents and lives because of the immigration uncertainty.

To address the issues, it’s important to be informed about what is going on with immigration in the U.S. As referenced in the article, everyone from residents, law enforcement, and leaders want to address the issues in the best way possible for this community.  Perhaps other similar events can help address people’s concerns.  It will at least help people in becoming informed.

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Employer’s Compliance with ACA Non-Discrimination Rules – Languages other than English

The non-discrimination rules, under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), took effect Oct. 16. These new rules require posting of specific notices that also relate to limited English proficiency. Some of the posted statements must be written in languages other than English. Employees, especially those not proficient in English, should recognize an employer’s obligation of making employee benefit information understandable. At a minimum, employers should ensure that employee benefit design decision are adequately documented. As with compliance on any non-discrimination rules, employers should seek advice of experienced employment attorneys to address the rules. The link provides a summary on this issue: https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/hr-topics/benefits/Pages/ACA-final-nondiscrimination-rules.aspx?utm_source=SHRM%20Friday%20-%20PublishThis_HRDaily_7.18.16%20(21)&utm_medium=email&utm_content=October%2028,%202016&SPMID=00655820&SPJD=02/20/2001&SPED=08/31/2017&SPSEG=&spMailingID=26916563&spUserID=MjIyOTY3MzE3NzUyS0&spJobID=905063836&spReportId=OTA1MDYzODM2S0aca-puzzle

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

Employee Time Off to Vote

In this Presidential Election, most people are planning to vote. Each year Employers and employees ask about taking time off work to vote especially when the employee is busy working most of the day.  The attached link provides information on each States Voting laws and taking time off to vote.  Most employers also have policies on this issue.  If there are any questions, the employer or employee should ask an experienced employment attorney. http://www.findlaw.com/voting-rights-law.html

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What are the Immigration Policies for each Presidential Candidate?

immigrationImmigration continues to be a key issue in Presidential elections since at least the Reagan years. This Presidential election has each top Candidate with different policies in this area. The attached link (while somewhat neutral) supplies a good summary on where Clinton and Trump stand on immigration during the election. The positions are laid out around 8:00 into the video.  We will have to see how things develop after the election.  https://www.yahoo.com/news/the-issues-where-do-trump-and-clinton-stand-on-immigration-205240624.html

 

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

Tips on Employee Disabilities

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Health problems are the No. 1 reasons for people leaving the workforce early (Survey by Employee Benefit Research Institute). When disabilities or health impairments involve the employee’s ability to perform their job, employers need to look at these issues closely.  The following provides a checklist.  Additionally, employers and employees should address these issues with an experienced employment attorney. https://www.shrm.org/hr-today/news/hr-magazine/1016/Pages/5-tips-for-addressing-employees-with-disabilities.aspx?utm_source=SHRM%20Tuesday%20-%20PublishThis_HRDaily_7.18.16%20(17)&utm_medium=email&utm_content=October%2004,%202016&SPMID=00655820&SPJD=02/20/2001&SPED=08/31/2017&SPSEG=&spMailingID=26690690&spUserID=MjIyOTY3MzE3NzUyS0&spJobID=900593926&spReportId=OTAwNTkzOTI2S0

 

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