Matthew Hoyt

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Powerball for H-1B Visas

Lottery mania has been sweeping the nation as Powerball winnings exceeded $1 billion for the first time. For highly skilled foreign nationals and the employers who desire to employ them, a different kind of lottery mania is mounting in advance of April 1, 2016, when the H-1B visa filing window opens for fiscal year 2017. … Continue Reading

Thou Shall Accommodate: Funeral Leave as a Religious Accommodation Under Title VII

Requests for reasonable accommodations are commonplace for employers of qualified individuals with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  But a recent case reminds employers that reasonable accommodation of an employee’s religious beliefs and practices is also required, under Title VII.  The case also serves as a reminder to carefully consider the circumstances of any … Continue Reading

North Carolina Joins Growing List of States Mandating Employer Use of Federal E-Verify System

In light of growing dissatisfaction with the federal immigration system, various states have taken matters into their own hands in an attempt to limit employment of unauthorized aliens.  Though this tactic is controversial, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld one such statute in Arizona.   North Carolina has joined the fray, and on July 1, 2013, … Continue Reading
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