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Updates on important legal developments as they occur.

Latest COVID-19 Relief Package Brings New Employment Law Changes for Businesses

On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion dollar American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 into law (the Act). The latest COVID-19 relief package aims to provide continuing aid to individuals and businesses as the country continues to grapple with the economic fallout created by COVID-19. The new legislation continues some programs (with modifications) from previous stimulus packages, while also creating new programs that affect employers.

Employer COVID-19 Immunity Included in Unemployment Bill

Governor Evers signed a new bill into law on Thursday, February 25th dealing primarily with updating Wisconsin’s outdated Unemployment Compensation System (2021 Wisconsin Act 4). While this is good news as it should address delays and other processing issues which became evident over the past year, it will take some time for a new system to be designed and implemented.

Time to Get Ready for H-1B Season!

The time has come to start preparing for the FY2022 H-1B season. Employers who wish to sponsor employees or potential employees for H-1B petitions should begin to get their applications in order now to be ready for the March lottery. This is the only opportunity during 2021 to apply for an H-1B visa. Approved H-1B applicants in the FY2022 cycle will be able to start work on October 1, 2021 (the first day of FY 2022).

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