Quirky Question #255, Certain Dependent Spouses of H-1B Workers Become Eligible for Employment Authorization

February 27th, 2015

Question:  Can dependent spouses of H-1B workers get permission to work in the United States? Answer: By Saiko McIvor and Ieva Aubin The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) amended the regulations to allow certain H-4 dependent spouses to work in the United States. This is excellent news, particularly for spouses of H-1B workers from India and China, who currently face 8-11 years of wait for permanent residence even with their employers’ approvedMORE ...

Quirky Question #254, Foreign currency fluctuations and expat employees

February 24th, 2015

Question: I am an HR manager working for a US company that sends employees on long term assignment abroad.   One of our senior assignees recently rang me to say how worried he is about Greek politics and the potential effect on the Euro.   He wanted to know what I was going to do about it.   I was a bit puzzled at first as, obviously, I can’t sort out a European currencyMORE ...

Quirky Question #253, Private arbitrations becoming not-so-private?

February 18th, 2015

Question: I read with interest the answer to Quirky Question #248 about mandatory arbitration. You mentioned one of the benefits of arbitration being that is more private than a dispute in court, which is certainly a consideration for our company as we determine whether to implement this type of policy. Is that really the case, given the recent legislation I’ve heard about in California requiring arbitration companies to make public everythingMORE ...

Quirky Question #252, OFCCP Guidelines Become Regulations?

February 4th, 2015

Question: Have there been any recent changes in the rules governing federal contractors? Answer: By: Sarah Herman and Rebecca Bernhard On January 30, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that would rescind the existing Sex Discrimination Guidelines found at 41 C.F.R. part 60-20 and replace them with regulations that align contractors’ obligations with current law and legal interpretations and more effectively address current workplaceMORE ...