USCIS temporarily suspends premium processing for 2019 fiscal year

On Monday, April 2, 2018, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began accepting H-1B petitions subject to the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 cap. On March 20, 2018, USCIS announced that they will temporarily suspend premium processing for all FY 2019 cap-subject petitions, including petitions seeking an exemption for individuals with a U.S. master’s degree […]

Update on the 2018 Florida Constitutional Revision Commission

The unique process of Florida’s Constitutional Revision Commission (CRC) continues.  The CRC members began their work last year and formally convened a “CRC Session” in the Florida Senate Chamber on March 19th.  During that week, the 37 Commissioners presented, debated, and amended numerous proposals which were brought before the CRC either via an individual Commissioner […]

Re-registration period opens for Syrians with temporary protected status

On January 31, 2018, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen announced her determination that the conditions supporting Syria’s TPS designation continue. The secretary made her decision after reviewing country conditions and consulting with appropriate U.S. government agencies. Before the 18-month extension ends, the secretary will review conditions in Syria to determine whether its TPS […]

Are you HIPAA and FIPA compliant?

A recent $100,000 settlement obtained by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services demonstrates the far reaching impact of HIPAA. This settlement demonstrates that HIPAA obligations do not end when a business closes, and even businesses that don’t handle PHI need to be aware of the requirements of the Florida Information Protection Act of 2014 (FIPA).

Guide to amending the Florida constitution

The newly released publication, A Guide to Amending Florida’s Constitution, is written by former Florida Supreme Court Justice (and current Gunster attorney) Kenneth B. Bell, and published by the Foundation of Associated Industries of Florida.

H-1B filing season for 2019 fiscal year will open on April 2, 2018

This is a reminder that April 2, 2018 is the first day the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”)  will begin accepting H-1B cap-subject petitions filed on behalf of foreign nationals for employment commencing on or after October 1, 2018 – i.e., for fiscal year (FY) 2019. Typically the filing season begins on April 1st each […]

U.S. Supreme Court sends WOTUS rule challenges to district court

Landowners, developers, farmers and others who regularly work on or around Florida wetlands should pay attention to this roller-coaster process as they consider submitting applications for federal Clean Water Act permits, especially those known as “404” permits submitted to the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that their applications coincide with a time when the 2015 WOTUS rule is not in effect. In the long-term, the 2015 WOTUS rule seems unlikely to last, but last week’s ruling will create short-term uncertainty.

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