The Grand Bargain

Partner John Tocci discusses the “grand bargain” bill, which Governor Charlie Baker signed into law last month, on Nightside with Dan Rea (guest host Marisa DeFranco) on July 17, 2018. The bill will ultimately raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, implement a guaranteed paid family and medical leave program in Massachusetts and establishes a permanent sales tax holiday. It also includes a new payroll tax and gradually eliminates the existing time-and-one-half premium pay for retail workers on Sundays and certain holidays.

Listen to interview: Eliminating Time-and-a-Half – 7-17-18

Workplace Rights and Sexual Harassment

Partner John Tocci discusses workplace sexual harassment and related issues on Nightside with Dan Rea (guest host Marisa DeFranco) on January 8, 2018. John and Marisa discuss legal issues that both employers and employees may face from discrimination to sexual harassment compliance, to the nuts and bolts of lodging a workplace complaint or filing a formal complaint with the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.

Listen to interview: Workplace Rights and Sexual Harassment – 1-8-18

TOCCI & LEE Immigration Update Summer 2017

The immigration landscape has changed in many ways during the first 6 months of the Trump administration.  Below are 4 areas where our office has noticed significant changes from long established immigration practices of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), US Department of State, (DOS), US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) and the Department of Labor (DOL):

  1. Challenges to Level 1 DOL wage designation for “entry-level” H-1B professional positions;
  2. Possible communications from DOS to the employer at the visa issuance phase confirming H-1B and L-1B worksite placement;
  3. Increased rate of NAFTA business visitor and TN visa challenges by CBP at the US-Canadian border; and
  4. Increased CIS H-1B unannounced site visits confirming terms of H-1B and possibly L-1 employment.

CIS has recently engaged in the practice of challenging H-1B CAP subject, extension and amendment petitions, by issuing Requests for Evidence (RFE’s) where the employer has designated a DOL Level 1 wage on their Labor Condition Applications (LCA’s).  Read More

Temporary Suspension of Premium Processing for H-1B Petitions

On March 3, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a statement that it will temporarily suspend premium processing of all H-1B petitions filed on and after April 3, 2017 – the first day of the H-1B CAP filing season. This suspension will include all H-1B petitions, including CAP petitions subject to the undergraduate and Master’s degree quotas, as well as CAP- exempt petitions, extensions and change of status requests. USCIS advised that this suspension may continue for as long as six months. As a result of this suspension, please be aware of the following: Read More

New I-9 form version (11/14/2016 N) available now for use

New I-9 form version (11/14/2016 N) available now for use.  The new form must be used beginning January 22, 2017, until then you may use either the new form or the current form 03/18/2013 N.

For more information about the new form, go to: https://www.uscis.gov/news/news-releases/uscis-revises-form-i-9-used-all-new-hires-us

The new form is online at: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9