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USCIS Revises Q&A re Jan. 8, 2010 Neufeld Memo on H-1B Employee-Employer Relationship

Questions & Answers: USCIS Issues Guidance Memorandum on Establishing the "Employee-Employer Relationship" in H-1B Petitions; Published Jan. 13, 2010; revised Aug. 2, 2011 and March 12, 2012.

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USCIS Improves Processing for Naturalization and Citizenship Forms

Notes from New Jersey AILA Chapter Meeting 1/26/2010

When Breaking The Bank Breaks Your Visa


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Municipal Employment

Municipal employers are considered part of the "state" under the U.S. Constitution. Thus, action taken by a municipal employer is often considered "state" action, and therefore must conform to certain Constitutional requirements.

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What Do Employers Need to Know about the ADA?

There are a number of legal requirements and prohibitions an employer must take into consideration when evaluating a job applicant and extending an offer of employment, as well as throughout the course of the employee's career. When an applicant or an employee has a disability, an employer also must comply with federal and state statutes designed to protect disabled individuals in the workplace. Two of the major areas where an employer must be cognizant of the rights of disabled individuals are the hiring process and the provision of reasonable accommodations.

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Immigration Law Case Summaries

[03/02] US v. Mendez-Sosa
In this case, defendant pled guilty to unauthorized reentry into the United States after deportation and was sentenced to thirty-seven months in prison. In applying the federal sentencing guidelines, the district judge assessed the 16-level sentencing enhancement on grounds that defendant was previously convicted of criminal sexual contact under New Jersey law, an offense which the judge concluded was a "crime of violence" under U.S.S.G. section 2L1.2(b)(1)(A)(ii). The judgment is affirmed, where: 1) for the purposes of implementing the sentencing guidelines in the immigration context, Chapter Four of the sentencing guidelines provides the proper definition of "conviction"; 2) under Chapter Four's definitions, defendant was "convicted of an offense" which gave rise to a "prior sentence"; 3) because the New Jersey statute is divisible and includes alternatives that do not involve the absence of consent, the district court properly applied the modified-categorical approach to determine that defendant was convicted of the statutory alternative involving lack of consent; and 4) the conduct for which defendant was convicted fit within the guideline definition of a forcible sex offense, and thus the definition of a crime of violence.

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