Legal Alerts

This section includes legal alerts and legislative changes in which you may have an interest. This is for informational purposes only. You should not act upon article content without seeking professional legal counsel regarding your particular situation or issue.

  • February 24, 2015

    On February 24, 2015, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Director Leon announced that, effective May 26, 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B non-immigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident (LPR) status. Click title for more details.

  • November 24, 2014

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released additional details about President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform. What is clear is the reform benefits employers far more than anticipated. Expect these reforms to be implemented on a rolling basis. Click the alert title for more information.

  • April 7, 2014

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced today it has received a sufficient number of H-1B petitions to reach the statutory cap for fiscal year 2015. USCIS has also received more than the limit of 20,000 H-1B petitions filed under the U. S. advanced degree exemption.

  • January 6, 2014

    This legal alert for franchisors contains information about class action waivers and non-competition provisions in franchise agreements.

  • October 3, 2013

    U.S. Congress’s failure to reach a budget deal has caused a partial shutdown of U.S. government offices and services. The full extent to which the government shutdown will impact various aspects of the immigration process is not yet clear. Click the link above for a brief description of known disruptions that will result from the government shutdown.

  • July 16, 2013

    Based on the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act of 2012 (JOBS Act), several rule changes were recently approved by the SEC. Following are summaries expected to become effective 60 days after their publication in the Federal Register (which is estimated to be on or about September 10th.

  • May 7, 2013

    Effective May 7, 2013, all U.S. employers must only use the new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (revision date 3/8/13N) to comply with employment eligibility verification requirements under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

  • 2013

    Utah lawmakers recently passed the Internet Employment Privacy Act (IEPA) prohibiting employers from requiring employees or job applicants to disclose their passwords or user names for personal social media accounts. Employment attorney Darryl Lee outlines IEPA requirements, exceptions and violations.

  • April 2013

    A new Utah law taking effect May 14, 2013 will provide some of the strongest options in the country for those looking to shield assets from creditors or predatory litigation. The Domestic Asset Protection Trust (DAPT) is a significant improvement over existing law.