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SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS INDIVIDUALIZED ARBITRATION CLAUSES IN EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS

Employees Can Waive Their Right to Class Actions in Arbitration Agreements On May 21, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States passed down a ruling in the case Epic Systems Corp. v. Lewis, which would affect employees’ rights and legal interpretations of employment contracts nationwide. [1] In recent history, employers have compelled employees to…

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LAW AND TECHNOLOGY: The Rise of the Internet of Things and its Legal Implications

Last year, I bought my dad light bulbs for Christmas. These were not just any light bulbs. As my dad would be quick to show you, he can now turn off the lights by simply saying, “Good night Siri.” My parents’ house is full of gadgets like this. I can unlock the front door by…

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USCIS DEFINES NEW GUIDELINES FOR EMPLOYERS FILING H1-B VISA APPLICATIONS

On February 22, 2018, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a Guidance to employers that in order for H-1B Visa applications to be approved, employers must provide contracts and itineraries for employees who will work at a third-party location or jobsite. The USCIS Guidance makes clear that petitions must show by a “preponderance of…

Christopher Tucker Joins ROZARIO as Partner

  February 13, 2018 | Rozario & Associates, P.C., is pleased to announce that, as of February 20, 2018, Christopher Tucker will be joining the firm as a Partner.  Christopher will lead the General Litigation group.  

2019 H-1B VISA CAP AND PETITION PROCESS

Each year, there is a limit to the number of H-1B visas issued.  For H-1B visas, there is a cap of 65,000 visas for eligible beneficiaries holding a bachelor’s degree and an additional 20,000 H-1B visas for eligible beneficiaries holding a US Master’s degree or higher each fiscal year. Because there are more petitions filed…

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EMPLOYERS GET READY- OVERTIME PAY WILL CHANGE SOON

On May 2, 2017, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1180, also known as the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (the “Act”). The Act amends the overtime pay rules of the Fair Labor Standards Act to provide greater flexibility for both employers and employees.[1] The Act has already garnered support from the White…

ROZARIO Notice of Address Change

  October 4, 2017 | As of October 15, 2017, ROZARIO will be relocating to 55 Broadway, Suite 2002, New York, New York 10006.  

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RIGHT TO COUNSEL IN HOUSING COURT

New York City Council Levels Playing Field With New Bill Passed On July 20, 2017 Called “Right To Counsel In Housing Court” In an effort to assist low-income tenants facing eviction, the New York City Council recently approved the “Right to Counsel in Housing Court”[1] legislation. Essentially, low-income tenants facing eviction in Housing Court would…

NEW YORK CITY COUNCIL LEVELS PLAYING FIELD WITH “RIGHT TO COUNSEL IN HOUSING COURT” BILL

In an effort to assist low-income tenants facing eviction, the New York City Council recently approved the “Right to Counsel in Housing Court”[1] legislation.  Essentially, low-income tenants facing eviction in Housing Court would be assigned legal counsel to properly represent them against landlords and management companies who, more often than not, are represented by seasoned…

NEW YORK COURT GIVES HOMEOWNERS MORE ARSENAL TO DEFEND AGAINST FORECLOSURE ACTIONS

In the past decade, New York City homeowners have continued to face the effects of the housing bubble bursting. Although the number of foreclosures have declined since 2007, the amount of foreclosure actions being pursued by banks are still relatively high.[1] As such, homeowners have continued to fight legal battles against foreclosure actions in hopes…

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