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Immigration Alert: H-1B Visa Cap Filing Season begins 4/1/19

January 15, 2019 at 12:34 PM - Immigration

New H-1B visa petitions (including change of status petitions) can be filed with the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (“USCIS”) beginning April 1, 2019 for an effective start date of October 1, 2019.  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 for USCIS receipt on April 1, 2019.  

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4 Ways To Ensure HIPAA Compliant Business Associate Agreements

4 Ways To Ensure HIPAA Compliant Business Associate Agreements

December 18, 2018 at 9:10 AM - compliance,

In the wake of an historic, multi-state lawsuit filed against a “Business Associate” earlier this month, it is imperative that companies with business associate agreements (BAA) in place with health care/plan customers review internal data security policies and procedures to ensure they are in compliance with their obligations arising under HIPAA, state privacy laws and the BAAs.

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Update on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield's Status

Update on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield's Status

October 31, 2018 at 9:18 AM - compliance,

Outside GC Member Stephan Grynwajc continues to keep a close eye on the fate of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield data-sharing arrangement. 

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Political Activity for Tax-Exempt Organizations

Political Activity for Tax-Exempt Organizations

October 25, 2018 at 10:53 AM - Nonprofits,

In this timely ACC Docket piece, Lakshmi Sarma Ramani (Washington D.C.-area team) reviews the IRS rules related to general lobbying and political campaign activity which apply to tax-exempt organizations.

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The "Outside" GC: A New Opportunity for In-House Lawyers

September 14, 2018 at 1:55 PM - On-Demand General Counsel,

"I think one of the best indicators of career satisfaction for an on-demand GC is that, like me, many lawyers choose this role at the pinnacle of their in-house careers. I am able to continue pursuing a professionally challenging career, while maintaining control over my time and my life," explains Outside GC Member, Lakshmi Sarma Ramani, in her recent article published in the ACC Docket's July/August issue. 

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Open Source Software Risks, Benefits & Best Practices for Start-ups

Open Source Software Risks, Benefits & Best Practices for Start-ups

August 24, 2018 at 3:40 PM - risk management,

Open source software (“OSS”) is now ubiquitous, providing community-vetted solutions to common requirements in the software industry. The widespread use of OSS is especially common with start-ups who are driven by the need to develop a minimum viable product as fast as possible in order to quickly enter the market and acquire market feedback.

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Massachusetts Non-Compete Reform Signed into Law

Massachusetts Non-Compete Reform Signed into Law

August 17, 2018 at 4:56 PM - Employment Law,

Massachusetts has a new law that prohibits employers from requiring that certain types of employees sign non-competition or “forfeiture for competition” agreements (collectively “non-competition agreements”) and establishes minimum requirements that non-competition agreements must meet to be enforceable. The new law will take effect on October 1, 2018 and apply to agreements executed after that date. 

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State Regulatory Oversight of Tax-Exempt Organizations

State Regulatory Oversight of Tax-Exempt Organizations

July 25, 2018 at 5:57 PM - compliance,

Tax-exempt organizations must become increasingly aware of the regulatory landscape in which they operate. In this ACC Docket article, Lakshmi Sarma-Ramani, a Member with our Washington D.C.-based team, provides an overview of state oversight areas that carry registration or reporting requirements. 

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