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Immigration Update – Suspension

April 23, 2020

What appears to be clear at this time: 1. The White House is issued a Proclamation on April 22, 2020. 2. The effective date is April 23, 2020 at 11.59. PM. 3. This “temporary” immigration suspension is scheduled for 60 days. The suspension shall apply only to aliens who: (i) are outside the United States…

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Reduced Hours, Reduced Wages,and Layoffs during the COVID-19 Crisis

April 9, 2020

These general rules should be followed when considering a reduction in hours, a reduction in wages, or termination in North Carolina. If there is an employment agreement in place, the provisions of the agreement will generally take precedence over these rules. Reducing Hours An employer is free to adjust the hours of its employees regardless…

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Dieselklage“ – Sammelklage nach amerikanischem Vorbild

April 1, 2020

In 2018 wurde nun auch in Deutschland die Möglichkeit einerSammelklage, die sog. Musterfeststellungsklage eingeführt. Bei dieser handelt es sich um eine Verbandsklage, welche es Verbänden ermöglicht, für geschädigte Verbraucher eine bestimmte Rechtsverletzung eines Unternehmens feststellen zu lassen. Anlass für die Einführung dieser Klageart war die Vielzahl von geschädigten Verbrauchern durch den Dieselabgasskandal in 2015. Vorrangiges…

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RFE Response Delay

March 30, 2020

New policy guidelines for RFE/NOID etc. response. If received after March 1, 2020, 60 days added on. USCIS Announces Flexibility for Requests for Evidence, Notices of Intent to Deny In response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is adopting a measure to assist applicants and petitioners who are…

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The State of North Carolina’s new “Stay at Home” Order Business Considerations in the times of CoVID-19

March 30, 2020

The Order is similar to many of the restrictions that are currently in place in Mecklenburg County and the City of Charlotte. As per the terms of the new statewide Order, in the event that the provisions of the County Stay at Home order are more restrictive than the statewide order, then those more restrictive…

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Update: Governor of the State of North Carolina

March 28, 2020

Today the Governor of the State of North Carolina announced that effective Monday, March 30, 2020 at 5:00 PM all individuals in the State are subject to a new statewide Stay at Home Order. The Stay at Home Order will remain in effect for 30 days, or until April 29, 2020. Stay home, stay healthy…

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The CARES Act – Which businesses will qualify for a Small Business Administration Loan?

March 27, 2020

The CARES Act has officially passed in the Senate and a vote is expected in the House on Friday, March 27th. If the Bill is signed into law as expected, $350 billion will be dedicated to preventing layoffs and business closures while workers stay home during the outbreak. Companies with 500 employees or fewer that…

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COVID-19 “CARES Act” bipartisan stimulus package being finalized in Congress will help small businesses

March 26, 2020

In the early morning on March 25, 2020, the White House and Senate finally reached an agreement on a $2 trillion package to respond to the current economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Though a deal has been struck on the key points of the Bill, many details are still being finalized. However, a…

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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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