Original post date: May 27, 2019

Having a clear understanding of U.S. work visa’s and knowing how to apply for work visas are area’s that many of us do not think about but should have a high-level understanding of for our organizations.  While I was studying for the Global Professional in Human Resource (GPHR) HRCI certification last year, clearly understanding each category listed below was necessary to pass the certification exam.  This is a high-level review of the definitions; number of visa’s issues and process will evolve under current and future administrations.  Utilize government and SHRM websites when reviewing processes and options to submit a visa application.  This process is complex and needs to be completed timely, there are a limited number of visas issued each year.


Connecticut Approval of $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage

“The Connecticut Legislature recently passed a bill to incrementally raise the state minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023…Connecticut the seventh state to phase in a $15-an-hour wage hike. Lawmakers in California, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Washington, D.C., also have approved such plans…If approved, the state’s current minimum wage of $10.10 an hour would rise to $11 in October and increase by $1 each year until it reaches $15 in 2023.”[i]

NLRB Rulemaking Agenda Announced

“The Unified Agenda discloses that the Board—in addition to proceeding with its rulemaking regarding the joint-employer standard—will consider rulemaking in the following areas:

  • The Board’s current representation-case procedures.
  • The Board’s current standards for blocking charges, voluntary recognition, and the formation of Section 9(a) bargaining relationships in the construction industry.
  • The standard for determining whether students who perform services at private colleges or universities in connection with their studies are “employees” within the meaning of Section 2(3) of the National Labor Relations Act (29 U.S.C. Sec. 153(3)).
  • Standards for access to an employer’s private property.”[ii]

[i] SHRM Article

[ii] https://www.nlrb.gov/news-outreach/news-story/nlrb-rulemaking-agenda-announced


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