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On February 1, 2022 – the first day of Black History Month – Brian Flores, the former head football coach of the Miami Dolphins, filed a class action lawsuit against his former team, as well as the New York Giants, the Denver Broncos, and the National Football League (“NFL”) for discriminatorily denying employment to Black candidates to serve as Head Coaches, Offensive and Defensive Coordinators, Quarterback Coaches, and General Managers.
On January 21, 2022, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released new guidance regarding requests for the “transfer of underlying basis” between employment-based categories, commonly referred to as “interfiling.” Due to an exceptionally high number of employment-based immigrant visas available in these categories for this fiscal year (Oct. 2021 through Sept. 2022), eligible applicants are encouraged to request the transfer of the underlying basis of their adjustment of status application to the first or second employment-based preference. A major contributing factor to this unusually high number of visas available is that the visa pool includes the unused family-sponsored visa numbers from fiscal year 2021 (approximately 140,000).
A strong workforce is a critical component for an employer’s success, and work is at least as important for employees.
Protection against unlawful treatment in the workplace is a goal shared by employers and employees alike. Employers that may have relaxed their compliance with federal employment and discrimination laws during the pandemic take note: the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has been ramping up its enforcement activities; meaning employers should refocus on their internal review, implementation, and compliance with anti-discrimination, harassment, retaliation laws under the EEOC’s enforcement arm to avoid EEOC changes, investigations, and lawsuits.
Today, all eyes are on the metaverse as the legal questions it poses will fundamentally change the contours of intellectual property law.
Pennsylvania’s budget season just ended and Act 53 of 2022 (Act 53), made many significant changes to the Commonwealth’s business and individual taxes.
The Alternative Reference Rate Committee (ARRC), convened by the Federal Reserve Board and the New York Fed to help ensure a successful transition from LIBOR to SOFR, this week published its LIBOR Legacy Playbook, which guides banking organizations through the last year of LIBOR.
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has filed a civil enforcement action in the US District Court for the Western District of Texas charging Cornelius Johannes Steynberg and Mirror Trading International Proprietary Limited (MTI) (collectively, the defendants) with fraud and registration violations.
At this point, it’s fair to note that search warrants are never funny. They are a crisis delivered directly to your company’s front door. Fortunately, you can prepare for that crisis by planning ahead. During my time as a federal prosecutor, I found that a company’s preparation often reduced the fallout when the government came knocking. Now, as a white collar defense attorney, I want to share some thoughts that can help you prepare for a search warrant.
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