As of September 18, 2017, the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS) resumed premium processing service for H-1B petitions filed as part of the Fiscal Year 2018 cap quota, which includes 65,000 regular H-1B filings and 20,000 additional petitions for candidates holding a U.S. Master’s degree. Premium processing is not resumed for other types of H-1B filings, such as normal-course H-1B Extension of Status or Amendment filings. The H-1B nonimmigrant category allows for the U.S. employment of skilled workers in specialty occupations, such as information technology, academic research, and accounting, and requires candidates to hold a minimum of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent.
Monthly Archives: September 2017
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken action against two companies in a bid to protect small Australian businesses from unfair contracts.
One of Australia’s largest, privately owned waste management companies is the first to be taken to task by the ACCC over alleged unfair contract terms with small businesses since changes to the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) came into effect in November 2016.
On 11 September 2017, the Commonweath Parliament passed the Treasury Law Amendments (2017 Enterprise Incentives No.2 Bill). The new legislation:
- introduces a ‘safe harbour’ exclusion from civil liability for directors faced with insolvent trading claims and
- makes unenforceable ipso facto clauses in certain contracts which allow a party to terminate the contract for the sole reason of an insolvency event.
Top Five Takeaways from MedPAC’s Meeting on Medicare Issues and Policy Developments – September 2017
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (“MedPAC”) met in Washington, DC, on September 7-8, 2017. The purpose of this and other public meetings of MedPAC is for the commissioners to review the issues and challenges facing the Medicare program and then make policy recommendations to Congress. MedPAC issues these recommendations in two annual reports, one in March and another in June. MedPAC’s meetings can provide valuable insight into the state of Medicare, the direction of the program moving forward, and the content of MedPAC’s next report to Congress.
Howard & Howard congratulates our attorneys named to Michigan Super Lawyers and Michigan Rising Stars 2017
Chicago, Illinois, September 19, 2017: Twenty-nine of Howard & Howard’s attorneys were recently named to Michigan Super Lawyers®and Michigan Rising Stars 2017 as a result of a patented selection process. This process includes peer evaluation and independent research. Only five percent of the attorneys in Michigan were named to the Super Lawyers list and two and one half percent to Rising Stars.
Dispute resolution clauses: When the road to a binding determination is paved with non-binding options
The recent case of Contract Control Services v Department of Education and Training  VSC 507 provides further clarification on what constitutes a ‘method of resolving disputes’ for the purpose of satisfying the requirement in section 10A of the Building and Construction Industry Security of Payment Act 2002 (Act). The case makes it clear that it is possible to mandate a process of dispute resolution that includes non-binding steps, so long as it culminates in a binding determination.
Contract Control Services (CCS) entered into a construction contract with the Department of Education and Training (DET) in 2013 for construction works and related goods and services for the construction of the Bendigo Senior Secondary College Theatre Project.