Category: Employment

Don’t Get Bitten by Your COBRA Notices

Nick Bullard

In a growing wave of class action lawsuits, plaintiffs are targeting employers who have allegedly failed to provide proper notice of health care coverage under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1985 (“COBRA”).  The wave prompted at least six new lawsuits in 2019 alone, and some have already netted seven-figure settlements.  To avoid this...

Cap-Subject H-1B Visa Petitions to be filed on April 2, 2018

Rebecca Bernhard

The annual H-1B cap season will be opening April 2, 2018.  As usual, the application window period is 5 business days.  65,000 H-1B visas are allotted every year. An additional 20,000 visas are set aside for individuals with a U.S. Master’s or higher degree. In general, first time H-1B visa applicants, such as foreign students...

New OSHA Rule Effective Next Month – Are Your Drug-Testing Policies Placing You At Risk?

Marilyn Clark

Certain provisions of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (“OSHA’s”) new reporting Rule, which go into effect on August 10, 2016, implicate employers’ post-injury and post-accident drug-testing policies.  As the compliance deadline is swiftly approaching, employers are reminded to set time aside over the next few weeks to confer with counsel, review their policies, and...