Authored by Mercedes Badia-Tavas, and Jeff Papa. President Donald Trump’s executive order in April 2017 entitled “Buy American and Hire American” (BAHA) is leading to proposed regulatory changes by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which will affect U.S. employers intending to hire and sponsor qualified foreign nationals in specialty occupations for the H-1B visa. Given these expected changes may occur with little advance notice, planning by human resource and legal departments at U.S. companies is key to maintaining lawful global talent in the U.S….
Authored by Mercedes Badia-Tavas and Jeff Papa. On Jan 4, 2018, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a guidance, Directive 3340-049A, governing Border Searches of Electronic Devices. The purpose of this directive is to assure that the “authority for border search of electronic devices is exercised judiciously, responsibly and consistent with public trust.” The business community has viewed these searches as a cause of anxiety and concern for all employees regardless of status, that require due diligence and forethought. Over the past several…READ MORE