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Posted September 20, 2021 with Tags ,

White House Announces Ease on Travel Restrictions For All International Travelers Coming into United States

On September 20, 2021, the White House announced plans to ease COVID-19 travel restrictions on international travelers coming to the United States. Beginning in early November 2021, the White House will rescind the current geographic-related travel bans imposed on certain travelers from China, Iran, the Schengen Area, United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, South Africa, and India.

Newsroom image for the post DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Six Countries

Posted September 13, 2021 with Tags

DHS Extends Temporary Protected Status for Six Countries

Extension of TPS On September 10, 2021, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations and TPS-related documentation (EADs, Forms I-94, and Forms I-797) for El …

Newsroom image for the post Summary of President Biden’s Two Executive Orders on Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccines and Safety Protocols

Posted September 10, 2021 with Tags , , ,

Summary of President Biden’s Two Executive Orders on Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccines and Safety Protocols

On September 9th, President Biden signed two Executive Orders; one requiring COVID vaccines for federal employees and another ensuring adequate COVID safety protocols for federal contractors. The administration also announced plans to develop rules impacting private employers with more than …

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Posted September 9, 2021 with Tags

Does Your State Prohibit Asking Salary History?

Nevada and Rhode Island will soon join the growing list of state and local governments prohibiting employers from requesting salary history from applicants, the most common form of pay equity legislation. As employers transition to remote workforces and attract applicants …

Newsroom image for the post Six Governance Steps Nonprofits Can Take to Advance DEI Goals

Posted September 2, 2021 with Tags

Six Governance Steps Nonprofits Can Take to Advance DEI Goals

A recent study found that nonprofit boards are 78.6 percent white.  That means nonprofit boards do not reflect the make-up of the American population or the constituents these nonprofits and foundations serve.  The National Council of Nonprofits has acknowledged the critical importance of diversity in nonprofit governance, saying: With a diversity of experience, expertise, and perspectives, a nonprofit is in a stronger position to plan for the future, manage risk, make prudent decisions, and take full advantage of opportunities.  A diverse board that is also sensitive to cultural differences is usually one that has a stronger capacity to attract and retain talented board members - as well as to be in touch with community needs. Though diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) discourse has recently been present in programming, foundation gifting, and other industry lenses, community foundations are looking for new ways to take active steps towards deepening their DEI commitment, including an examination of board memberships.

Newsroom image for the post What Employers Should Know: Minnesota’s Expanded Protections for New and Expectant Parents

Posted August 12, 2021 with Tags

What Employers Should Know: Minnesota’s Expanded Protections for New and Expectant Parents

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz recently signed legislation that adds to the workplace protections for new and expectant parents. The new law takes effect on January 1, 2022, and expands upon the provisions previously passed in 2014 under the Women’s Economic Security Act (WESA). Because of these expansions, an estimated 27,000 additional workers will be able to receive pregnancy accommodations in the workplace.

Newsroom image for the post Sixteen NJL Lawyers on 2021 Super Lawyers Lists

Posted July 20, 2021

Sixteen NJL Lawyers on 2021 Super Lawyers Lists

Nine lawyers from Nilan Johnson Lewis (NJL) have been listed to the 2021 Minnesota Super Lawyers list. No more than 5% of the lawyers in Minnesota are selected by Super Lawyers. Amanda Cialkowski Brian Johnson Don Lewis Doug Elsass Ellen …

Posted July 8, 2021 with Tags , ,

Presidential Executive Order Targets Non-Compete Agreements

On July 8, 2021, President Biden announced that he would issue an Executive Order (EO) calling on the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to adopt rules curtailing the use of non-compete agreements. While the announcement offers few details so far, questions remain about the FTC’s legal authority to regulate non-competes in the manner sought by President Biden.

Newsroom image for the post Validity of National Interest Exceptions Extended to 12 Months and Multiple Entries for Travelers from Certain Countries

Posted July 7, 2021 with Tags ,

Validity of National Interest Exceptions Extended to 12 Months and Multiple Entries for Travelers from Certain Countries

On June 29, 2021, the U.S. Department of State extended the validity of NIEs for travelers from China, Iran, Brazil, South Africa, the Schengen Area, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and India. This extension applies to NIEs granted in the last 12 months). Under the new policy, NIEs will be valid for 12 months from the date of approval and for multiple entries, so long as the NIE is used for the purpose stated in the original approval.

Newsroom image for the post OSHA Issues First Federal COVID-19 Standard for Healthcare Employees and Updates Guidelines Protecting Spread of COVID-19

Posted June 15, 2021 with Tags ,

OSHA Issues First Federal COVID-19 Standard for Healthcare Employees and Updates Guidelines Protecting Spread of COVID-19

On June 10, 2021, OSHA issued an Emergency Temporary Standard (“ETS”) to ensure uniform protection for employees within the healthcare industry from exposure to COVID-19. The ETS is effective immediately upon publication in the Federal Register. Employers must comply with most provisions within 14 days, and with provisions involving physical barriers, ventilation, and training within 30 days.

Newsroom image for the post Immigration Team Welcomes Anu Jaswal to NJL

Posted June 7, 2021

Immigration Team Welcomes Anu Jaswal to NJL

Nilan Johnson Lewis PA is pleased to announce that Anu Jaswal has joined our Corporate Immigration team. She’ll represent clients in employment-based immigration matters, including labor certification (PERM) applications, nonimmigrant petitions, J-1 waivers, and more.

Newsroom image for the post NJL Adds Austin Spillane to Labor and Employment Practice

Posted June 2, 2021

NJL Adds Austin Spillane to Labor and Employment Practice

Austin Spillane joins Nilan Johnson Lewis’ nationwide Labor and Employment team, lending his analytical and writing talents to litigation matters such as discrimination claims, noncompetes, and collective actions.

Newsroom image for the post Alia Abdi Joins NJL’s Labor and Employment Team

Posted June 1, 2021

Alia Abdi Joins NJL’s Labor and Employment Team

We are pleased to welcome Alia M. Abdi to Nilan Johnson Lewis as an associate. She joins our Labor and Employment team, focusing her work on the defense of nationwide class actions, workplace investigations, employment counseling as well as leave of absence and disability defense.

Newsroom image for the post Pay Equity and the Pandemic: A Primer for Higher Ed

Posted May 24, 2021 with Tags

Pay Equity and the Pandemic: A Primer for Higher Ed

After a year unlike any other, colleges and universities are grappling with historical challenges. While adjusting to reduced attendance, converting to online programming, and ensuring a healthy and safe environment, many higher education institutions operated with significant budget shortfalls. The resulting furloughs, layoffs, and work reductions may add a wrinkle—pay equity complaints. 

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