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Immigration and Related Matters

March 25, 2020

USCIS has suspended its operations until at least April 1st – including premium processing of all I-129 and I-140 petitions. Scheduled appointments and interviews are postponed and notice from USCIS should be received confirming postponement. Similarly, the U.S. State Department (DOS) has suspended immigrant and nonimmigrant visa application appointments at all consular posts. DOS has…

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Social Distancing

March 24, 2020

We actively practice it. As of right now, everyone at BridgehouseLaw Charlotte is working from home. Each morning, we have a Zoom meeting, where we check on everyone’s health and wellbeing, we discuss the day ahead. Throughout the day, we are in contact with each other to ensure best quality of service to all our…

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COVID-19 and the Force Majeure

March 24, 2020

The current pandemic brought on by the COVID-19 virus has impacted supply chains; the ability to move around freely; and in some cases has shut down manufacturing entirely. Government actions including declaring states of emergency, closing borders and shelter in place orders may be the types of events that often fall within the parameters of…

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REMINDER – Annual Reports must be filed!

March 20, 2020

In addition to our updates on new legislation and regulations coming out, we wanted to remind you that Annual Report filing requirements are still in effect for each of the states. The filing deadline for Georgia is April 1, 2020 and North Carolina is April 15, 2020. Delaware’s deadline for corporations was March 15, 2020…

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Summary of the Defense Production Act of 1950

March 19, 2020

On March 18, 2020, President Trump invoked the Defense Production Act of 1950 (“DPA”) in an effort to mobilize U.S. domestic production of medical and other supplies as the U.S. begins to move against COVID-19. Traditionally, a “war time” measure, the DPA gives a president broad authority to influence and direct private entities to produce…

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SBA Assistance Resources in Light of Covid-19 Pandemic

March 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in modified and additional SBA resources to help our small businesses, small aquacultural businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and/or most private nonprofit organizations. Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDLs) The SBA has approved the North Carolina Governor’s request for a disaster declaration, and you may begin the application process. Applicants are encouraged…

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Lufthansa: information on flexible rebooking options

March 19, 2020

The Lufthansa Group airlines Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian Airlines, Brussels Airlines and Air Dolomiti would like to assist you during this time of exceptional circumstances by introducing more flexible rebooking options. Our new extensive waiver policies allow for your individual travel plans and make it easy to find the right flight at the right time. You…

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3 Key Points for Employers re: Families First Coronavirus Response Act

March 17, 2020

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed the bill that was drafted in coordination with the Executive branch and is currently before the U.S. Senate for final approval. Here are 3 Key Takeaways about proposed revisions to the Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) for Employers: 1. FMLA has been amended to provide coverage to…

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Employment Issues

March 13, 2020

1. Is it legal to ask an employee to work from home or leave work if they show signs of infection? An employer can ask an employee to seek medical attention and get tested if they present with symptoms for COVID-19. Similarly, an employer may require an employee to go home if the employee displays…

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European Travel to U.S. and Recent Travel Ban

March 11, 2020

As many are aware, on March 11, 2020, President Trump issued a proclamation banning travel for foreign nationals whom have traveled to many areas in Europe within 14 days of entry or attempted entry into the United States. The relevant areas in European, collectively known as the “Schengen Area”, includes Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic,…

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