Constitutional Law and Human Rights

Immigration Visas: Many Roads Lead To Work in the United States

Whether you are a retail, service, or manufacturing business, trying to bring foreign workers into your United States workforce is fraught with strictly detailed requirements and, more often than not, confusion.   Recent developments in L visa enforcement (see our earlier article here) emphasize the need for employers to meet with a professional to determine which of


Native American Law: Know Your Commercial Rights and Obligations

Native America tribes and their holdings are exempt from many state and municipal regulations and taxes by virtue of the exclusivity clauses of several federal laws to which tribes and their lands are subject. A recent federal circuit court opinion held that the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 prohibits state taxes on Indian land rights,


U.S. Work Visa Clarifications: Will They Result in Increased Approvals?

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Service recently implemented a memo intended to clarify for USCIS officers how to apply the “specialized knowledge” requirement when reviewing petitions for the L-1B visa. The L-1 visa is a nonimmigrant visa classification allowing companies to transfer employees from a related foreign entity to a U.S. company.  Historically, the


Same-Sex Marriages – The US Joins a Growing List of Countries : What Are The Employee Benefit Ramifications?

In June, the United States Supreme Court decided the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges. The decision requires all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples and to recognize same-sex marriages validly performed in other jurisdictions. This legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States, its possessions and territories. About two dozen other countries around the



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