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Informed Employer: Back to The Future: Team-Building Lessons from 1984

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Democrats Fight Back Against Hobby Lobby Ruling with Bill
Democratic Sens. Patty Murray and Mark Udall fought back against the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling with plans for legislation intended to restore the contraceptive coverage requirement under the Affordable Care Act. Joined by fellow Democrats from both chambers of Congress and women's rights groups, the senators urged Republicans to support the bill they have nicknamed "Not My Boss's Business Act."
(Source: ABC News, 2014-07-09) Read the full article
National Gay Rights Groups Pull Support for ENDA
Six national gay rights groups withdrew support for what had been hailed as historic legislation to prohibit workplace discrimination, citing concerns over an exemption for employers who object to homosexuality on religious grounds. Led by the American Civil Liberties Union, the groups said they could no longer support the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, known as ENDA, which passed the Senate last fall.
(Source: Los Angeles Times, 2014-07-08) Read the full article
Recent Decision Leaves Questions About Religion in Hiring Process
The recent decision by the U.S. Supreme Court allowing some employers to opt out of covering contraception on religious grounds may now provide legal cover for companies. But for companies and job applicants who wonder how managers' faiths may affect their benefits, having a candid discussion about religious beliefs can be a legal minefield.
(Source: The Wall Street Journal, 2014-07-03) Read the full article
High Court Takes on UPS Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit
Peggy Young just wanted a break from heavy lifting on her job at United Parcel Service because of her pregnancy, but her boss told her to take unpaid leave instead. Now, eight years later, the U.S. Supreme Court has decided to take up her case when it reconvenes this fall.
(Source:, 2014-07-09) Read the full article
Recent EEOC Suits Hinge on 'Carve-Outs' in Severance Agreements
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) previously approved employee severance agreements that contain an express "carve-out" provision, stating that nothing in the agreement prevents employees from filing charges with the EEOC or participating in EEOC investigations. The EEOC has now taken a much more aggressive approach and has filed two lawsuits challenging severance agreements that contain such carve-out language, arguing that other provisions in the agreements discourage employees from exercising their rights under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
(Source:, 2014-07-02) Read the full article
New Tax Rules Will Allow Workers to Buy Longevity Insurance
New tax rules will make it possible for workers to buy a type of annuity often called longevity insurance inside their retirement plans. The annuity aims to protect people from exhausting their savings in their later years.
(Source: Tampa Bay Times, 2014-07-02) Read the full article
CFOs Expecting Employee Costs to Rise as Economy Improves
A new report by Grant Thornton indicates that 51 percent of CFOs feel the economy will improve in the next six months, but when the unemployment rate is dropping and more companies are hiring, employer-funded costs for compensation and benefits tend to rise. CFOs are expecting some of that, but they aren't forecasting across-the-board increases.
(Source:, 2014-07-10) Read the full article
85% of Small Business Employees Consider Voluntary Benefits Vital
A large majority (85 percent) of small-business employees consider voluntary benefits to be part of a comprehensive benefits program. And 62 percent of workers at small companies see a growing need for voluntary insurance benefits today compared to years past.
(Source: Life Health Pro, 2014-07-10) Read the full article
Increasing Number of Part-Time Workers Concerns Economists
Economists have few concerns about the number of workers employers are hiring this year, with the government reporting that the economy added a surprising 288,000 jobs in June. Among the few worrisome signs in the generally encouraging employment report was a sharp rise in the number of part-time workers who prefer full-time jobs.
(Source: USA Today, 2014-07-06) Read the full article
Businesses Boost Efforts to Reform Immigration as Workers Decline
As the nation deals with an immigration crisis at its borders, businesses are stepping up their calls for reform. That's because U.S. businesses have a lot at stake.
(Source:, 2014-07-11) Read the full article
Back to The Future: Team-Building Lessons from 1984


Michael Tooley


Like Marty McFly in the 1980s classic Back to the Future, I recently had the opportunity to travel 30 years in the past - in my case to visit my hometown of Henderson, Kentucky, for a high school reunion for the class of '84. While I did not run into Doc Brown and my SUV will never be mistaken for a DeLorean, this serendipitous occasion reminded me of some eternal truths about what makes an effective team.

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Hunting for Physicians? It's Open Season for J-1 Visa Waivers

In addition to the well-known "open season" for H-1B visa petition filings that take place each April 1 for an October 1 employment start date, there is another critically important season that also deserves its time in the immigration spotlight - the Conrad 30 J-1 Waiver Program.

Foreign medical graduates who come to the United States in J-1 status to pursue graduate medical education are subject to a two-year foreign residence requirement which requires them to return to their home country for a minimum of two years before applying for certain non-immigrant visas, including an H-1B visa, or seeking permanent residence in the United States. Limited waivers of the two-year foreign residence requirement are available in most states.

The Conrad 30 J-1 Visa Waiver Program generally targets primary care physicians who have completed a U.S. residency training program in one of the following practice areas: Family Medicine, General Pediatrics, General Obstetrics/Gynecology, General Internal Medicine, or General Psychiatry (specialists may also qualify). To be eligible for one of only thirty such waivers in each state, the foreign medical graduate typically must commit to practicing full-time (40 hours per week) in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area, Medically Underserved Area, or Medically Underserved Population for a period of three years. The actual three year J-1 Waiver commitment is then completed in H-1B status and those foreign medical graduates are exempt from the typical H-1B annual quota.

Each state has its own requirements and local guidelines will apply. In general, applications are accepted October 1 each year on a first come, first serve basis. It is critical to apply as soon as possible to secure one of the 30 slots available.

The waiver process requires a recommendation from both the local state's Department of Health and the U.S. Department of State before final approval of the J-1 Waiver application by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Once the J-1 Waiver application is approved by USCIS, the sponsoring employer can file an H-1B petition on behalf of the foreign medical graduate meeting the terms associated with the J-1 waiver program.

If you are recruiting for physicians and have questions regarding J-1 waivers or any other immigration matter, please contact Lindsay C. Ramsey, Jenifer M. Brown or another member of the firm's immigration practice.


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