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Keeping Your LGBT Employees Safe Overseas 
In some countries, lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) individuals can be subject to arrest, incarceration or even death. Companies should develop safety precautions specifically for LGBT employees who plan to travel to certain destinations on business, according Mike Kelly, CEO of On Call International, in this Q&A.

State Department Joins the Telecommuting Movement
A senior foreign service officer with the U.S. Department of State wants to connect HR professionals and recruiters with the thousands of family members of U.S. foreign service workers—many of whom need a job of their own, but also need a little flexibility to pull it off.

Global Assignments Enhance Employee Development
More companies are sending employees abroad to help them grow needed skills, recent research finds.

Ontario: Social Media and Discrimination in the Workplace
Although employee social media posts can have an impact on the workplace, which can result in employer liability, there are limits to this liability, as illustrated in a recent decision from the Ontario Court of Appeal.

IMMIGRATION UPDATE

USCIS Gives Final Word on H-1B Worksite Moves
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released final guidance July 21, 2015, stating that it will “generally not pursue new adverse actions” against employers solely based upon a failure to file an amended or new petition for H-1B workers who changed jobsites before April 9, 2015.

USCIS: Unsigned Green Cards OK
A signature is not required for permanent resident cards, also known as green cards, to be valid for Form I-9 purposes, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

E-Verify Changes Proposed
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) recently announced proposed modifications to the E-Verify employment eligibility program that would include requiring participating employers to reverify employees whose work authorization has expired.

Company Hit with Record I-9 Paperwork Penalties
Failure to thoroughly complete form I-9 paperwork has led to a fine of $605,250—the largest amount ever ordered—for an events-planning company, serving as a reminder that employers need to be taking I-9 compliance very seriously.

White House Immigration Proposals Include ‘Known Employer’ Pilot
The White House released a series of recommendations designed to “modernize and streamline” the nation’s employment-based immigration processes, including greater access to green cards for workers and a proposal to speed up the visa petitions of employers that meet certain criteria.

USCIS Issues Draft Template for L-1B Visa Evidence Queries
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a draft request for evidence template for multinational employers seeking to transfer employees with specialized skills from their foreign operations to the United States using an L-1B intracompany transferee visa.

 

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