Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9

March 3, 2017 at 1:30 PM - Employment Law


USCIS has published an updated handbook for employers, providing detailed guidance for completing Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification). This version - dated January 22, 2017 - replaces the previous handbook and supports the recently revised Form I-9 (November 14, 2016).

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Immigration Alert: H-1B Visa Cap Filing Season begins 4/1/17

February 2, 2017 at 11:50 AM - Immigration


New H-1B visa petitions (including change of status petitions) can be filed with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services beginning April 1, 2017 for an effective start date of October 1, 2017.  H-1B petitions are accepted on a "first-come-first-serve" basis, and the demand for H-1B visas is expected to be very high again this year. We therefore plan to file all cap-subject Petitions on April 1, 2017.  As preparation can be time-consuming, employers should begin the filing process as early as possible.  If your company is seeking to hire H-1B cap-subject professional foreign workers and has not already initiated the process with us, you should contact Outside GC’s Immigration Team immediately.  

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Meet Outside GC's Budding Novelist: Lew Segal Publishes With All Due Respect

December 19, 2016 at 4:32 PM - On-Demand General Counsel


When Jon Levitt refers to his colleagues at Outside GC as a team of highly accomplished, “rock star” attorneys, he is only half-joking. The collective talent of the firm’s 60 lawyers is certainly a point of pride for Levitt and his co-founder and managing partner, Bill Stone. However, when used to describe the career achievements of long-time member, Lew Segal, nothing could seem more fitting.

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Revised Form I-9 Now Available

November 22, 2016 at 8:37 AM - Employment Law,


As you may know, federal law requires employers to verify the identity and employment authorization of all employees hired in the United States by completing and retaining a Form I-9 for each employee at the time of hire. This requirement applies to both citizens and non-citizens. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has just released a new version of this form, dated November 14, 2016.

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In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals, Part 4

October 12, 2016 at 12:36 PM - In-House Lawyers


All of your hard work to this point will culminate in Step 4 – Negotiation. You’ve prepared yourself and your business partner, and secured a commitment from business and legal on the other side to a system with proven results for closing important deals on tight timeline. However, given the nature of business negotiations, this is also the point where things can easily go awry as a result of delayed approvals or worse, a breakdown in the original agreement. The following suggestions are designed to keep negotiations on track and bring the deal across the finish line quickly and efficiently as promised:

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In-House Counsel: Tackling the Toughest Deals, Part 3

October 5, 2016 at 8:40 PM - In-House Lawyers


In many ways, Step 3 – Bringing in the Other Side – is the most important component of handling complex deals on a tight deadline. It can also be the most delicate, which is why you must rely heavily on the assistance of your business partner in order to make this happen. In my experience, securing a commitment to expediency from the other side is best achieved by adopting the following approach: 

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