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    • Asylum Cases Involving Victims of Domestic Abuse and Gang Violence Have Become Much More Difficult

      Matter of A-B- involves a case for asylum filed by a woman from El Salvador who entered the United States illegally in 2014. She alleged she was escaping from an ex-husband who had physically and ...

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    • New Developments for beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status from Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras, and Sudan

      The Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security may designate a foreign country for what is called “temporary protected status” (TPS) due to conditions in the country that ...

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    • In the Second Circuit, Sexual Orientation Discrimination Is Prohibited by Title Vii of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

      On February 26, 2018, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals (which covers the states of New York, Connecticut and Vermont) held that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits sexual ...

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    • The New York City Council and New York State Legislature Pass New Legislation to Target Gender Discrimination and Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

      The #Metoo movement has spurred additional protections to be implemented by the legislatures of New York City—and New York State relating to gender discrimination and sexual harassment. New York City ...

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    • The New York City Council Passes Bills Mandating Procedures on Requesting Flexible Work Schedules and Reasonable Accommodations

      FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES On December 6, 2017, The New York City Council passed the “Fair Workweek Law” which protect employees who seek temporary changes to work schedules for personal events. This ...

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    • THE 2020 DIVERSITY LOTTERY IS IN PROGRESS- CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY

      Each year, the United States Department of State annually administers the statutorily-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides ...

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    • More Protections for New York City's Independent Contractors

      On this page, we have previously blogged about New York City’s Freelance Isn’t Free Act (FIFA) (Local Law 140 of 2016) that went into effect on May 15, 2017. In a nutshell, FIFA protects freelancers ...

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    • Retail Employees in New York City Will Have More Protections

      On May 30, 2017, Mayor de Blasio signed a bill into law that is protective of New York City’s workers who work for “retail employers.” The law goes into effect on November 26, 2017. A retail employer ...

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    • Employers- Take Note of and Comply with the Revised I-9

      In July 2017, the USCIS announced the release of a revised Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. See https://www.uscis.gov/i-9/ The revisions to the Form are as follows: • The name of the ...

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    • If You are Traveling Outside of the U.S. During the Holidays, This One's for You

      Travel warnings, extreme vetting, and the latest travel ban have made travel abroad more rife with concerns and challenges this holiday season. If you will be carrying electronic devices during your ...

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    • The United States Supreme Court Upholds Travel Ban 3.0

      Last year, in this space, I blogged about the Trump administration’s Travel Ban 3.0 implemented on September 24, 2017. To recap, Travel Ban 3.0 involved Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, ...

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    • Update on Travel Ban 3.0

      As you may be aware from the news, the Trump administration’s Travel Ban 3.0 implemented on September 24, 2017, involved Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen. The Travel Ban 3.0 ...

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    • THE 2020 DIVERSITY LOTTERY IS IN PROGRESS- CHECK YOUR ELIGIBILITY

      Each year, the United States Department of State annually administers the statutorily-mandated Diversity Immigrant Visa Program. Section 203(c) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides ...

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    • Legal Immigrants and Naturalized U.S. Citizens - Beware!

      The Trump administration is supposed to issue a proposal in coming weeks that may make it more difficult for legal immigrants to become citizens or secure permanent residence (green cards) if they ...

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    • Cancellation of Removal for Non-Permanent Residents

      Are you a person without immigration status, who has lived in the U.S. for ten years continuously? Have you kept out of trouble with law enforcement? (This means you don’t have criminal convictions ...

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    • COMPLIANCE UPDATE- NEW LAWS CONCERNING SEXUAL HARASSMENT

      We recently blogged, in relevant part, about the requirement that employers in New York State must provide annual sexual harassment training to all employees no later than January 1, 2019 and to new ...

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    • EMPLOYERS IN NEW YORK STATE- PLEASE ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH THE NEW LAWS ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT

      Based on new legal developments, as of October 9, 2018, all employers in New York State (regardless of size), are required to provide annual sexual harassment training to all employees, which must ...

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    • Alert: New York City Employers of All Sizes- Remember to Abide by Key Requirement Under the New York City Human Rights Law

      Are you an employer located in Manhattan, Bronx, Staten Island, Brooklyn, and/or Queens? If yes, please be advised that on August 10, 2018, the New York City Commission on Human Rights created an ...

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    • New Development- The US Department of Homeland Security issues new guidance on Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, and El Salvador

      Our October 26, 2018 blog addressed an October 3, 2018 preliminary injunction issued by US District Edward Chen, in the case of Ramos v. Nielsen, 18-cv-01554-EMC (Northern District of California, ...

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