September 29, 2015

On September 25, 2015, the Department of State (DOS) and United States Immigration and Citizenship Services (USCIS) dramatically changed their September 9, 2015 announcement calling for revised procedures for individuals waiting to file for Adjustment of Status (AOS). In the revised announcement, the DOS and USCIS significantly adjusted Family-Based and Employment-Based preference timelines and released a new October Visa Bulletin, superseding the Visa Bulletin released on September 9th.

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The NLRB Now Allows the Filing of Authorization Cards Electronically
September 23, 2015

Proper evidence must be presented to the National Labor Relations Board ("NLRB") to demonstrate a sufficient "showing of interest" in order to establish there is necessary support as required by the National Labor Relations Act (the "Act") to proceed with a representation election. The purpose of the demonstration of an adequate showing of interest is to determine whether the conduct of an election will serve a useful purpose under the Act, i.e., whether there is sufficient employee interest to warrant the expenditure of the time, effort and resources of the NLRB in conducting an election for union representation. This requirement has been called an important safeguard against the potential for abuse of election procedures.

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One Million Hours of Safety Celebrated by Springdale Dayco's Products
September 23, 2015

Dayco Products' tensioner manufacturing facility and technical center of Springdale celebrated Tuesday one million work hours without a lost time accident mark, an achievement last met at the site in March 2011.  

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OFCCP Announces Final Rule Protecting Discussion Of Employee Compensation
September 14, 2015

On September 10, 2015, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP), a division of the Department of Labor (DOL), issued a Final Rule protecting employees who "inquire about, discuss, or disclose their own compensation or the compensation of another employee or applicant" from adverse employment actions in the workplace. The so-called "pay secrecy ban" applies to almost all federal contractors that enter into new, or modify existing, federal contract(s) in excess of $10,000 after January 1, 2016.

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Immigration Law Update
September 11, 2015

The Department of State (DOS) and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced yesterday revised procedures for individuals waiting to file for Adjustment of Status (AOS).

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Check Out Our September 2015 Newsletter!
September 10, 2015

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

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Overtime Comment Deadline Upon Us; DOL Refuses to Extend
September 01, 2015

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) yesterday refused requests from certain lawmakers, nonprofits and employer groups to extend its comment period on its proposed overtime rule. The comment deadline therefore is still this Friday, September 4, 2015. As you will recall, the DOL gave notice in July of its proposed rule, and invited comment over a 60-day period.

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