NYSE seeks delay in rule change on dividend and stock distribution announcements

UPDATE 8/28/17: Last week we reported a New York Stock Exchange rule change requiring companies announcing dividends and stock distributions outside of market hours to give at least 10 minutes’ advance notice to the NYSE prior to any such announcements, including announcements of record dates.  The rule change was to become effective upon SEC approval, […]



Premium processing resumed for certain H-1B petitions

On July 24, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced it  will resume premium processing for certain cap-exempt H-1B petitions effective immediately. Previously, on April 3, 2017, USCIS temporarily suspended premium processing for all H-1B petitions. The H-1B visa has an annual cap of 65,000 visas each fiscal year. Additionally, there is an annual […]




USCIS issues new I-9 form

USCIS has released a new version of the I-9 form. Employers may use version 7/17/17N or may continue using version 11/14/16N through 9/17/17. As of September 18, 2017 employers must use the new version 7/17/17N.  Additionally, USCIS has revised the Form I-9 instructions: The name of the office of special counsel for immigration-related unfair employment […]


Join Gunster speakers @ Environmental Permitting Summer School July 18-21

The Florida Environmental Network hosts the 31st annual Environmental Permitting Summer School from July 18-21, 2017, in Fort Lauderdale. Once again, Gunster environmental attorneys will be participating in a variety of breakout sessions at the conference. We will be using #GunsterEnviro and/or #EnviroPermitting2017 on social media, as we tweet or post to Facebook during the event. Please use these hashtags to join in on the conversation and fun.



SEC extends confidential IPO filings to all companies

On June 29, the SEC announced that it will permit all companies to submit draft registration statements relating to initial public offerings for review on a non-public basis. The ability to file confidentially is currently available only to “emerging growth companies” under the JOBS Act. Confidential filings will also be available to non-EGC filers for follow-on offerings […]


U.S. labor secretary takes aggressive stance on visa fraud

Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta recently announced actions to increase protections of American workers while more aggressively confronting entities committing visa program fraud and abuse. “Entities who engage in visa program fraud and abuse are breaking our laws and are harming American workers, negatively affecting Americans’ ability to provide for themselves and their families. We […]



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