New USCIS Policy Memo Clarifies The Complex Issue Of What Constitutes A “Functional Manager” For L-1a Visa Petitions

The United States Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) adopted Matter of Z-A, a case recently decided by the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO), as new policy…

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Failing to Pay the “Actual Wage” When Employing H-1b Visa Holders May Cost Employers Big

On April 15, 2016, U.S. Department of Labor Administrative Law Judge Morris D. Davis found that the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine violated the H-1B regulations by failing to…

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New York’s New Minimum Wage Law

Employers in New York State will see minimum wage increases implemented on a regional basis at the end of 2016. Currently, the minimum wage in New York is $9.00 per…

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HIPAA and Health Apps: Recent Guidance for Developers

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released guidance to aid app developers in navigating the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).  In particular, the guide provides scenarios where…

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O Brother, Where Art Thou: Sibling to Sibling DNA Testing in Immigration Matters Never Reliable on Its Own

Over the past couple of decades, the general public has been conditioned to understand that DNA testing is the end-all, be-all in the world of identification.  For many years now,…

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New Breaches, New Technology and New Audits: Health Care Providers Need to Revisit and Assure HIPAA Compliance

The need for health care providers to review their privacy and security programs cannot be overemphasized, as significant breaches in the health care industry continue to make front page news. …

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Practitioners Now Required to Use Electronic Prescriptions

On March 27, 2016, the final piece of New York’s Internet System for Tracking Over-Prescribing Act (I-Stop) went into effect, making New York the first state to require practitioners to…

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STEM Extension For Foreign Students Not Likely To Alleviate The H-1B Cap Issues

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services earlier this month published a final rule in The Federal Register extending post-graduate work authorization for certain foreign students who…

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Nursing Home Chain Executes CIAs with OMIG

The New York State Office of the Medicaid Inspector General (“OMIG”) recently imposed six Corporate Integrity Agreements (“CIAs”) on a chain of nursing homes located in the Mid-Hudson Valley.  This…

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Maine’s Creative Solution to Net Metering

Like many other states, Maine has been wrestling with its policy on net metering, especially for solar generation. Unlike most others, however, Maine stakeholders have come up with a creative…

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