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.
Kansas SHRM honored the Galdean Law Firm with the 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Champion Award.
Galdean Law Firm believes that “Diversity is not about how we differ; Diversity is about embracing one another’s uniqueness.”
The Firm this past year assisted with presentations about disabilities, presented as a panel on “Using a Mentor” to Hispanic College Students, supplied pro bono services to disadvantage individuals, been a sponsor for the Scholarship Banquet for Hispanic Students, supplied the speech at a Citizenship Ceremony along with participating in diversity events with other associations.
As part of the Award, Kansas SHRM will make a donation to a charity chosen by the Galdean Law Firm. The charity chosen is the Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Fund. This non-profit assist to keep talented young Hispanics in Kansas through education scholarships and career development programs.
The Founding Attorney at the Galdean Law Firm, Trinidad Galdean, stated that “Diversity is the one true thing we have in common. The Firm enjoys helping diversity based groups and learning about their uniqueness.”
The ThreeBestRated.com selected attorney, Trinidad Galdean, as one of the 3 Best Employment Lawyers in Wichita, Kansas. The site uses its 50-Point Inspection that includes “checking customer reviews, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, and cost to the general excellence.” Trinidad was the only individual attorney selected. Trinidad represents businesses, management and individuals in employment and immigration legal matters. While he is licensed in Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Iowa, and Nebraska, Trinidad represents clients throughout the U.S.
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With 25 years of legal experience, Trinidad is a frequent speaker on employment and immigration topics to Human Resource associations, Chambers of Commerce, Municipal associations, and other industry associations in various states.
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.
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Immigration 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
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
Even with the new I-9 Form coming in January 2017, many employers use I-9 Software. The use of I-9 Software should also be compliant. The attached supplies information to address employer’s and HR’s compliance in using Form I-9 Software.
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.
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.