A final rule released by the US Department of Homeland Security will make it more difficult for foreign nationals who use public benefits to adjust or extend their immigration status in the United States based on their likelihood of becoming a “public charge” in the future. The rule also expands the list of programs that can lead to a public charge determination to those that provide healthcare and social services to vulnerable populations including Medicaid, SSI, SNAP, TANF, and federal housing benefits.
In this LawFlash, our US labor/management relations team tracks new developments at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as 2019 progresses. These include three significant proposed changes affecting union election procedures that demonstrate just how fully the NLRB has embraced rulemaking for addressing significant areas of labor law. Also addressed are a number of highly consequential decisions affecting employers, including those in the healthcare industry.
Nearly 20% of healthcare workers are immigrants according to the results of a June 2019 study that underscores the major contributions immigrants make to the US healthcare system. To learn more about how the US Department of State is regulating immigrant visa availability and adjusting the flow of status adjustments and consular immigrant visa application filings and approvals, please see our recent alert on the August 2019 visa bulletin.
Two Texas cities—Dallas and San Antonio—will soon require employers to offer paid sick leave effective August 1, 2019. While it appeared almost certain the 86th Texas legislature would act to stop the local ordinances, the legislation failed to pass by the end of the regular session on May 27, 2019. A similar ordinance adopted by Austin, Texas, and enjoined by the state’s Third Court of Appeals remains in litigation. A ruling on the Austin ordinance, which will likely also impact Dallas and San Antonio, may not come until the end of the year. Given this current state of affairs, what are employers in Dallas and San Antonio to do? Prepare to comply with the ordinances’ requirements by August 1, 2019.
The US Department of State has released its May 2019 Visa Bulletin with important information for US healthcare entities employing non-US nationals. The bulletin sets out per-country priority date cutoffs that regulate immigrant visa availability and the flow of status adjustments and consular immigrant visa application filings and approvals. In a recent LawFlash, Morgan Lewis partner James Vázquez-Azpiri discusses what’s in the bulletin, including dates and actions for filing applications for adjustments of status or immigrant visas, and when adjustment of status applications or immigrant visa applications may be approved and permanent residence granted.
US healthcare entities employing non-US nationals will want to keep abreast of important developments regarding the elimination of the H-4 spouse work authorization and the upcoming effective date for revised Form I-539 used by certain nonimmigrants—including H-4 and L-2 dependents—seeking to change their nonimmigrant status or extend their stay in the United States. Our global employment and immigration team breaks down what these changes mean and how these employees and their families may be impacted.