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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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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Social Security Withholdings for Foreign Nationals

February 1, 2020

Social Security Withholdings for Foreign Nationals If you own a business and/or earn wages in the United States, you know that, generally, you have a withholding obligation from such earnings for Social Security and Medicare taxes. For foreign nationals working or earning income in the U.S., such withholding may present a bit of a conundrum…

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Digital Privacy at the Border

January 8, 2020

Traditionally, border agents and U.S. government officials have enjoyed broad authority to conduct searches and investigations of travelers coming into the U.S., actions which are primarily couched under two goals: (1) to search for and discover contraband entering the U.S.; and (2) to prevent the admission and entrance of individuals ineligible for admission into the…

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CA Implements First US Consumer Data Privacy Law

January 8, 2020

With the start of 2020, California residents are the first in the country to have enhanced privacy protections akin to those provided in the EU under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), passed in September of 2018, gives Californians certain rights over the personal data collected by companies such…

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USCIS Proposed Fee Adjustments

December 8, 2019

On November 14, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a proposed rule that would alter the filing fee structure for many USCIS documents, including non-immigrant visas, immigrant visas, naturalization, and related documents. Published with a 30-day notice and public comment period, the proposed rule’s fee…

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Hurricane Season and the Force Majeure

September 10, 2019

It is fall in the Southeast and for many of us that means hurricane season has arrived. Last week’s visit by Hurricane Dorian was a stark reminder of the impact that the weather can have on our businesses and day-to-day operations. Governors in the many of the southern states declared states of emergency and mandatory…

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