Wyatt Employment Law Report


ICE On-Site Inspections: A New Concern for STEM OPT Employers

By Roger Morris

All STEM OPT employers need to be aware of reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has begun random on-site inspections of STEM OPT employers. It is becoming increasingly important for any business that employs STEM OPT students to plan and train staff for the day ICE comes knocking at your door.

“STEM OPT” is a reference to foreign graduates of U.S. universities who earned degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (“STEM”), who have been approved by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services to receive post-graduation Optional Practical Training (“OPT”). Continue reading


New DHS “Public Charge” Rule Set to Take Effect This Month

By Glen Krebs.  Roger Morris, who recently passed the Kentucky Bar Exam, contributed to this article.

Last month, the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) published a final rule set to go into effect October 15, 2019 governing the Immigration and Nationality Act’s provisions on public charge grounds of inadmissibility. The final rule redefines “public charge” and is vastly more restrictive than current policy. Many expect the rule change to result in significantly higher denial rates of adjustment of status applications.

“Public charge” has been a part of American immigration law for over a century. When an individual is seeking to adjust his or her status to that of a lawful permanent resident or seeking admission to the United States, the United States Customs and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) conducts an evaluation based on the likelihood of the individual becoming a “public charge.” Continue reading


DOL Releases Final Rule Raising Salary Minimum to $35,568, Effective January 1, 2020

By Sharon Gold

On September 27, 2019, the Department of Labor (“DOL”) published the much anticipated Final Rule that significantly raises the minimum salary for exempt workers from $23,660 to $35,568.  It is estimated that more than one million workers will either become eligible for overtime pay or have their salaries raised to meet the minimum.  The Final Rule is available here.

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