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USCIS Announces Proposed Rule for STEM Extensions of OPT
October 21, 2015

Pursuant to recent Federal court litigation (discussed previously in TSA emails), USCIS has proposed a new rule for STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) optional practical training (OPT). Basically the new rule will allow for a 24 month extension for STEM graduates to the basic 12 months of OPT provided to most F-1 student graduates. This would give qualifying F-1 students a total of 36 months of OPT.

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Revised Definition of "Small Employer" Impacts Some Employer Sponsored Health Plans
October 14, 2015

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("PPACA") treats a "small employer" differently than a large employer for many purposes. No single definition applies in determining when an employer is considered a small employer.

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Check Out Our October 2015 Newsletter!
October 05, 2015

Click here to download a PDF of our October 2015 Newsletter and stay up-to-date with NOARK.

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Affordable Care Act: IRS Launches Website for Large Employers
October 01, 2015

The IRS recently created an online Affordable Care Act Information Center for large employers. This new online resource includes a variety of information for large employers, including information on determining large employer status, employer shared responsibility requirements and the new Affordable Care Act reporting requirements. The website also provides links to related documents and websites, including forms, questions and answers, publications and videos.

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