Category Archives: Global

H-1b petition

State Department Makes Predictions about EB Cut-Off Date Movement

Notably, the State Department stated with certainty that the EB-2 Rest of the World category likely will retrogress in the coming months. At a recent American Immigration Lawyers Association meeting, the US Department of State made comments about Employment-Based (EB) cut-off date movement in the final third of the fiscal year. This Immigration Alert summarizes …

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Trump Administration Notifies Congress of Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA

The White House formally notified Congress on Thursday of the Trump administration’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification letter from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer marked the start of a 90-day window to consult with members of Congress on developing negotiation priorities before beginning formal negotiations with Canada and …

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“WannaCry” Ransomware Attack Causes Disruption Globally – With Worst Yet to Come

A ransomware known as “WannaCry” affected 200,000 people in 150 countries over the weekend, locking computer files and demanding payment to release them. As of this morning, Australia and New Zealand users seem to have avoided the brunt of the attack, with the Federal Government only confirming three reports of Australian companies being affected.  Not …

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Brexit Bull Horn

European Union Adopts Brexit Negotiation Guidelines

On April 29, a Special European Council, meeting as 27 member states (as opposed to the full 28 member states, as would usually be present), adopted the Article 50 guidelines (Guidelines) to formally define the EU’s position in Brexit negotiations with the United Kingdom. This follows the resolution of the European Parliament on key principles …

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President Trump Will Welcome Palestinian President to White House, Meet with Australian Prime Minister in New York City

Congress Will Hold Hearings on Human Trafficking, Remittances and International Development, While Also Focusing on a Longer-Term Funding Measure for the Remainder of Fiscal Year 2017 President Donald Trump welcomed Argentine President Mauricio Macri to the White House last Thursday. In a joint statement, the two leaders committed to expanding bilateral trade and investments; strengthening …

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Right to Disconnect: New Right for French Employees?

A new law, called El Khomri law, passed on August 8th, 2016 in France providing a right to disconnect for employees. Such right is entered into force on January 1st, 2017 According to the law, it belongs to the employers and the unions to negotiate this new right to determine its modalities of application and …

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Exiting from the EU: Bre(xit)aking News

The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom by a majority of 8 to 3 has today confirmed that triggering the exit procedure from the European Union requires an Act of Parliament. As such the Supreme Court disagreed with the current UK Government which had argued that Government ministers could rely on their prerogative powers to …

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Swiss-US Privacy Shield Will Replace Swiss-US Data Protection Safe Harbor

On January 11, 2017, the Swiss Federal Council announced that a new framework will govern the transfer of personal data from Switzerland to the US.  According to the Federal Council, the Swiss-US Privacy Shield Framework “will apply the same conditions as the European Union.”  The International Trade Administration stated that the US Department of Commerce …

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Russia v. USA: Geo Political Cyber Warfare And Your Business

The cyber war battlefield has expanded, and your business is now a fighter and a target. A new U.S. Government report explains many reasons for identifying and penalizing Russian hackers, the Russian intelligence services, and the Russian leadership in response to hacks on U.S. government, political and business targets. The report contains detailed information that …

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Base Erosion Profit Shifting Multilateral Agreement

The most recent element of the ongoing global dispute resolution process is the late November 2016 release of the so-called multilateral instrument (MLI), a cornerstone of the base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) project. It is an ambitious effort of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) to impose its will on as many …

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