Recent Publications - Corporate

Trump Administration Implements Major Changes to H-1B Lottery System
January 30, 2019 | Employment & Labor
On January 31, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will publish a final rule changing the H-1B lottery system. The final rule implements the proposed two changes discussed earlier here. According to the DHS announcement, “The final rule reverses the order by which U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) selects H-1B petitions under the H-1B regular …
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Trump Administration Proposes Changes to H-1B Lottery
January 3, 2019 | Employment & Labor
The public comment period for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) proposed changes to the H-1B lottery system has now closed.  U.S. companies filing H-1B visa petitions must typically enter a lottery because the law caps the number of H-1B visas that DHS can issue each year. The proposed rule would make two important changes …
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USCIS Clarifies 1-Year Foreign Employment Requirement for L-1 Visas
December 4, 2018 | Employment & Labor | Corporate
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued a policy memorandum clarifying the one-year foreign employment requirement for an L-1 visa for intracompany transferees. Previously, USCIS inconsistently applied this requirement when a foreign national was in the United States in one status but sought to change to L-1 status. An L-1 visa permits …
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Trump Administration’s New Immigration Policies Take Effect Oct. 1, 2018
October 1, 2018 | Corporate
Two of the Trump administration’s new immigration policies go into effect today. Beginning today, October 1, 2018, foreign national students who had been working under a regulation known as the “cap-gap” are no long authorized to work. The announcement can be found here. The “cap-gap” period starts when an F‑1 student’s status and work authorization …
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Startup Term Sheets: Suggestions for Successful Negotiation
June 29, 2018 | Corporate
Stella Lellos published an article in VC-List entitled, “Startup Term Sheets: Suggestions for Successful Negotiation.” The article highlights the importance of a term sheet, describes some of its important terms and discusses the perspective of the venture capitalist who will lend money to an early-stage company. Click here to read the article. …
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Internet Seller Beware
June 27, 2018 | Tax | Corporate
Due to a recent Supreme Court decision, internet sellers may now be required to collect and remit sales taxes in states in which they have no physical presence. In the landmark case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., decided on June 21, the Court overturned its prior decisions that had provided that an out-of-state seller …
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A Cross-Border Perspective on Establishing a High-Growth Business
March 22, 2018 | Corporate
Stella Lellos co-wrote an article for USLAW Magazine entitled, “Small Business-Big Options: A Cross-Border Perspective on Establishing a High-Growth Business.” Click here to read the article. …
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The One Thing Employers Need to Know for This H-1B Season
February 22, 2018 | Employment & Labor | Corporate
The H-1B visa program has come under intense public scrutiny over the last year. In response to perceived abuses in the H-1B program, President Trump issued the “Buy American, Hire American” executive order, which directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to advance policies to help ensure H-1B visas are awarded to only the most-skilled …
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CMS Updates Its Position on Texting Patient Information
January 11, 2018 | Health Services
Recognizing that texting has become a valuable and essential means of communication among providers, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued new guidance regarding its position on texting of patient information. The guidance clarifies that texting patient information may be permissible if certain security standards are met, but it also distinguishes between …
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Starting Jan. 1, IRS Can Collect Tax Deficiencies Directly from Partnerships
December 5, 2017 | Corporate | Tax
A new audit regime, effective January 1, potentially shifts tax liabilities among partners. Starting in 2018, the IRS will be authorized to collect tax deficiencies directly from a partnership (including LLCs taxed as partnerships). This will result in current partners bearing tax liabilities relating to prior taxable years, even though the partnership may now have …
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