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

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

 

Immigration Resources Now Available In Spanish

Spanish speaking clients and business owners frequently seek out attorney Trinidad Galdean, due to his experience in immigration issues and his ability to address their needs in Spanish. Trinidad utilizes his Spanish speaking ability to assist clients and employers on visa applications and other immigration related matters.  It is important for all clients to understand legal issues in their primary language.  The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) recently started a Spanish blog, USCIS Compás, to inform Spanish speaking individuals regarding immigration issues.  The USCIS also created a Facebook page, USCIS Español, to provide additional immigration information in Spanish.  While these resources are helpful, individuals and business owners should still consider consulting an experienced immigration attorney when dealing with matters of immigration law.

Rollout of Expanded DACA Set with DAPA to follow

Plans continue in the Government’s efforts to prepare and handle the application process for expanded DACA and DAPA.  While immigration offices will begin accepting expanded DACA applications Feb. 18, the Administration has not waited for the Republican’s blocking efforts to play out.  The Administration has proceeded to secure office space and planning for new employees to assist with the application process.   According to the Administration, the money paying for the program is from the application fees. It is expected that expanded DACA makes 300,000 more individuals eligible.  It is expected DAPA will have approximately an additional 800,000 more applications when applications begin to be accepted (anticipated date for DAPA applications mid-May 2015).

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-immigration-rollout-20150210-story.html#page=1

DACA & Expanded DACA – Immigrants Switching Employers and Larger Talent Pool

USCIS announced it will begin accepting petitions for Expanded DACA on Feb. 18, 2015.  HR Professionals and employers can expect an increase of employees looking to change employers that will now be legally authorized to work with the Employment Authorization Document available under DACA.  Employees which worked without proper authorization will now have an opportunity to find new and better employment opportunities.  DACA and Expanded DACA increases Immigrant’s ability to switch employers.   Additionally, this immigration action provides for an expansion of talent available for particular jobs or in particular areas.  Employers looking to prepare for changes under Expanded DACA should inquire with experienced immigration/employment counsel.

http://www.uscis.gov/immigrationaction#daca