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U.S. Supreme Court Expands “Ministerial Exception” for Religious Employers

Posted On July 24, 2020

by Adam Henningsen The U.S. Supreme Court recently issued an important decision concerning the “ministerial exception” to federal employment discrimination laws. The ministerial exception is a legal doctrine that protects religious entities from being sued for alleged discrimination.  Courts generally refrain from adjudicating matters involving employment decisions regarding employees who perform certain functions for churches
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American Academy of Appellate Lawyers Announces Recommendations for Remote Oral Argument Developed by Task Force Led by Tueth Keeney’s Jim Layton

Posted On July 22, 2020

by Jim Layton The American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, a select group of very experienced appellate advocates, has published its recommendations for appellate courts to hear oral arguments remotely. The recommendations were prepared by a task force led by Academy Fellow Jim Layton of Tueth Keeney. They were based on the remote argument experience of
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Immigration Alert: Presidential Proclamation Temporarily Suspending Entry of Certain Nonimmigrants is Effective TODAY

Posted On June 24, 2020

As anticipated, on Monday, June 22, 2020, President Trump issued a Presidential Proclamation (also referred to as Executive Order) that temporarily suspends entry into the United States of certain foreign nationals seeking to enter in the following visa categories:  H-1B (specialty occupation workers), H-2B (seasonal non-agricultural workers), L-1 (intracompany transferees) and certain J-1 visa holders (intern,
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U.S. Supreme Court Holds that Title VII Prohibits Discrimination in the Workplace on the Basis of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

Posted On June 22, 2020

by Adam Henningsen & Mollie Mohan On June 15, 2020, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in the workplace also protects against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The Bostock v. Clayton County decision consolidated three separate cases that dealt with alleged discrimination in the workplace.  In
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Supreme Court Upholds DACA

Posted On June 19, 2020

by Kristine Nazir On June 18, 2020, the Supreme Court ruled that the Trump administration’s termination of the program known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, was “arbitrary and capricious,” in violation of federal law that governs administrative procedure.   The ruling will protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants, an estimated 700,000 recipients,
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Presidential Proclamation Suspends the Entry of Certain Chinese Graduate Students and Researchers into the U.S.

Posted On June 9, 2020

by Kristine Nazir The Proclamation bans Chinese nationals in F or J status in graduate-level programs who are or have been associated with Chinese entities involved with China’s “military-civil fusion strategy” from applying for visas or seeking entry into the U.S.  The “military-civil fusion strategy” is defined as “actions by or at the behest of
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USCIS Offices Reopening June 4th

Posted On May 28, 2020

Beginning June 4, 2020, certain USCIS field offices and application support centers will resume non-emergency face-to-face services to the public. USCIS field offices will send notices to applicants and petitioners with scheduled appointments and naturalization ceremonies impacted by the extended temporary closure. Kristine Nazir represents corporations and institutions of higher education with their immigration needs,
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