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Daniel M. Kowalski
Re-Registration Period Now Open for Hondurans, Nicaraguans with Temporary Protected Status

USCIS, Dec. 15, 2017, Honduras - "Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Honduras’ designation who want to maintain that status through the current expiration date of July 5, 2018, must re-register between Dec. 15,...

Daniel M. Kowalski
Visa Bulletin for January 2018

Visa Bulletin for January 2018 See Notes D. and E. - " D. SPECIAL IMMIGRANT (SI) TRANSLATOR CATEGORY VISA AVAILABILITY Given the limited availability of visa numbers and the existing demand, the Department expects to reach the FY-2018 annual...

Thomas A. Robinson
Utah: Statute Placing 12-Year Outside Limit on Workers’ Compensation Benefits is Constitutional

In another important constitutional challenge case, the Supreme Court of Utah held the state’s Labor Commission appropriately denied and dismissed two workers’ claims for additional PD benefits as untimely under Utah Code Ann. § 34A-2...

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Thomas A. Robinson
Utah: 312-Week Limitation on TTD Benefits is Constitutional

Utah Code Ann. § 35-1-65 (1982) (current version at Utah Code § 34A-2-410 (2016)), which provides that an injured worker who is temporarily totally disabled shall receive a specified amount of compensation per week, but that in no case shall...

Thomas A. Robinson
Maine: “Volunteer” Driver is No Employee—Injury Claim Denied

In a case presenting an issue of first impression in Maine—whether a mileage reimbursement to a “volunteer” can constitute remuneration when it is significant enough to exceed the volunteer's immediate expenditures—and therefore...

Thomas A. Robinson
New Jersey: Most Third-Party Tort Action Waivers in Employment Contracts Invalidated

Waiver or “disclaimer” clauses, typically found in the employment agreements of New Jersey workers that work for employment services firms, pursuant to which the employee prospectively waives third-party claims against the employer’s...