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Dec 08, 2017

EB-5 Regional Center Alert: USCIS Annual Certification Submission Deadline Quickly Approaching

The Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Immigration Practice Group reminds all EB-5 Regional Centers that the annual regional center certification submission deadline for 2017 is December 29.

United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) requires all EB-5 Regional Centers to submit a Form I-924A Supplement to Form I-924 at the close of each fiscal year.  The filing serves to demonstrate that the EB-5 Regional Center remains eligible for the regional center designation.  » Read More

Dec 07, 2017

Healthcare, Hospitals, and Immigration: The Need to Access the Global Medical Professional Workforce with Ease

Every healthcare organization has two essential requirements: (1) continuous access to qualified talent; and (2) continuous access to significant numbers of that talent.  Hospitals clearly need a lot of employees.  To meet these demands, today, more than ever, hospitals and other healthcare providers call on international medical graduates, international students educated in medicine in the United States, global researchers in every practice of medicine, and world-renowned specialists in countless professions.» Read More

Dec 05, 2017

The Ever-Changing Definition of “Substantially Complete” Under Pennsylvania’s Mechanic’s Lien Law

By now most contractors are (or should be) aware of the deadline imposed by Pennsylvania law for filing a Mechanic’s Lien.  For those of you who are not – a contractor or subcontractor must file the lien within six months after it has “substantially” completed work on the project.  While six months is a fairly easy date to mark on your calendar, what is not so easy is determining what the law means by “substantially complete.”» Read More

Nov 30, 2017

Making a Case for Sanctuary Hospitals

In a recent article, “Making a Case for Sanctuary Hospitals,” three medical doctors made an argument in favor of “sanctuary hospitals.”  They rely primarily on the emotional argument for adopting sanctuary hospital policies, citing several incidents that occurred between February and October of 2017, involving ICE agents at or near hospitals and other healthcare facilities. » Read More

Nov 30, 2017

Higher Education, International Students, Trump, and Tuition

College and university officials throughout the nation are closely monitoring the Trump Administration’s immigration policies, often taking stands against significant changes and shifts, such as the Administration’s 2017 Travel Bans, as well as threats to further limit and complicate the process of traveling to the United States as a non-immigrant student, researcher, academic, professor, lecturer, or person of specialized knowledge, skill, or trade, and others.» Read More

Nov 30, 2017

Lehigh Valley Weighs in on Sexual Harassment Reports

As more and more high-profile sexual harassment scandals come into the light, it is imperative that employers have effective harassment policies and train employees on what harassment is and how to handle complaints.  Chair of the Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Pennsylvania office Labor and Employment Group George C. Hlavac was interviewed by WFMZ-TV 69 News in “Lehigh Valley weighs in on sexual harassment reports.”

If you have questions about this article, need training in your workplace, or have other employment-related issues, please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Labor and Employment Department: George HlavacSteve HoffmanJeff StewartEd Easterly, or John BuckleyRead More

Nov 07, 2017

John Lushis Presents at 2017 RE3 Conference

John F. Lushis, Jr., a Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Co-Chair of its Economic Development Law Group, presented at the 2017 RE3 Conference from November 1 to November 3 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.  He and Brett W. Cox of TRC Environmental Corporation presented “Bethlehem Works and Commerce Center at 20 Years,” providing insights from both an owner’s and consultant’s perspective that are relevant today; how and why key decisions were made, how they were implemented, and acknowledge the key roles of all stakeholders; and demonstrating the value to the Bethlehem-Allentown region twenty years later.» Read More

Nov 03, 2017

NMM hosts event with Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Raymond LaHood

On Wednesday, November 1, we were fortunate enough to host an event with former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.  Secretary LaHood discussed the issues plaguing the nation’s infrastructure and the need for a new, well-funded infrastructure bill – which he hopes the current administration will pass.

Lehigh Valley Business covered the event (click here to read the article), and mentioned the Northampton County P3 project, which the Northampton County GPA and Norris McLaughlin & Marcus were recently recognized for.» Read More

Oct 04, 2017

Pennsylvania Tree Removal Company Fined $95 Million for Hiring Undocumented Immigrants

A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, tree removal company was fined $95 million after pleading guilty before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to violating several federal immigration laws due to the company’s practice of hiring and rehiring undocumented immigrants.  Federal prosecutors described the fine as the largest ever for an immigration-related case.

As part of its plea, the company admitted to employing undocumented immigrants whom company management knew were ineligible to work in the United States.  » Read More

Oct 02, 2017

U.S. to Begin Collecting Social Media Information on All Immigrants

Starting October 18, as part of a new tracking system, the Department of Homeland Security will collect social media and internet data on U.S. immigrants, including lawful permanent residents, and naturalized citizens.  This new plan will coincide with the start of the White House’s new travel restrictions on citizens from Chad, Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, North Korea, and Venezuela.

The data collection plan covers things like Facebook and Twitter, and potentially even Google search results. » Read More

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