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Unanticipated Retrogression of Visa Numbers for China and India in September 2015

September 3, 2015

The U.S. Department of State recently released its September 2015 Visa Bulletin, reflecting a significant retrogression for China and India in the employment-based Second Preference category (EB-2). The EB-2 category for mainland China and India retrogressed to January 1, 2006. This is a retrogression of over seven years for China (from December 15, 2013) and close to three years for India (from October 1, 2008). In contrast, employment-based Third Preference categories for China and India advanced over six months, from June 1, 2004 to December 22, 2004.

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Supreme Court Forges New “Significant Burden” Interpretation of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act

3/25/2015 12:00:00 AM

On March 25, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States settled a controversy surrounding an employer’s policy that provided light-duty work for certain employees (including some disabled employees) but not for pregnant workers. The case was brought by a worker who tried to show—through indirect evidence—that the policy resulted in the disparate treatment of pregnant workers.