Immigration & Workforce Mobility

Immigration & Workforce Mobility

Businesses face a range of challenges in today’s global economy.  A key factor determining the success of a business is its talent.

Immigrants have always been an integral part of the American workforce. By sponsoring foreign nationals, businesses can tap into a larger talent pool and gain a competitive edge in our increasingly global market.

When our clients need help navigating challenging labor markets or complying with employment regulations, our team offers a wide range of immigration related services. From employment consulting and audits to labor certification and visa applications, our attorneys help clients achieve their business goals.  Specifically, our team assists with:

  • Employment Based Immigrant & Non-Immigrant Visas
  • Consulting Regarding Employment Verification and Worksite Compliance Issues
  • Family Based Immigrant & Non-Immigrant Visas
  • Extensions and Changes of Status
  • Adjustments of Status
  • Naturalization

As a member of Meritas®, a global alliance of leading independent law firms, Ruder Ware can also coordinate with fellow Meritas member law firms around the world to assist U.S.-based businesses and business people operating and traveling abroad.

Founded in 1920, Ruder Ware provides business, employment, estate planning, and litigation services. A full-service law firm, over 45 attorneys provide clients with a one-stop approach to their legal needs. Ruder Ware, Business Attorneys for Business Success.

The FTC’s Ban on Noncompetes Remains Imminent for Most Employers as Legal Challenges Continue

Posted on July 8, 2024 by , and

On July 3, 2024, a federal judge in Texas granted a preliminary injunction in a lawsuit challenging the FTC’s noncompete ban. Notably, the injunction only applies to those plaintiffs named in the suit. All other employers will still need to comply with the noncompete ban when it takes effect in September. A final decision on […]

DOL’s New Overtime Rule Litigation Update: Texas Federal Judge Denies Postponement of Rule for a Private Employer

Posted on July 2, 2024 by and

Late Monday afternoon, a federal judge in Texas denied a marketing firm’s motion for a preliminary injunction to halt the DOL’s new overtime rule. This denial affirms that, for now, employers, other than the State of Texas, must comply with the DOL’s new overtime rule which went into effect Monday, July 1, 2024. As each […]

Texas Federal Judge Postpones DOL’s New Overtime Rule ONLY for Employees Working for the State of Texas

Posted on July 1, 2024 by and

This past Friday, a Texas federal judge granted a preliminary injunction for the State of Texas, postponing the effective date of the Department of Labor’s new overtime rule. Currently, the injunction is limited only to State of Texas employees. All other employers must still comply with the final rule which went into effect today, July […]

2025 HSA Limits Are Announced

Posted on May 9, 2024 by

On May 9, 2024, the IRS announced the Health Savings Account limits for 2025.  With respect to contribution limits, the limits are higher than the ones for 2024 and the required deductible and out-of-pocket maximums have increased as well.  As a reminder, these inflation adjusted amounts are effective for calendar year 2025. HSA/HDHP Requirement Cost-of-Living […]

Breaking News: FTC Finalizes Nationwide Noncompete Ban

Posted on April 23, 2024 by

Today the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) voted to finalize a new rule to prohibit employers from enforcing noncompetes against employees. Highlights of the new rule include: Employers are prevented from entering into new noncompetes with workers on or after the rule’s effective date, which will be 120 days after the rule is published (which will […]

Breaking News: DOL Issues Final Overtime Rule

Posted on April 23, 2024 by

Today the Department of Labor issued its long-awaited rule raising the fixed salary requirements for employees in the executive, professional, and administrative exemption categories (EAP) and increasing the standard salary level and the total annual compensation requirement for highly compensated employees (HCE). (Note that the State of Wisconsin does not recognize the HCE exemption, so […]

Navigating Employment Verification Challenges: When to Seek Tailored Legal Advice

Posted on January 25, 2024 by

Federal laws place employers in a challenging position, requiring them to navigate between compliance with laws designed to prevent the employment of persons not eligible to work in the United States and laws punishing discrimination and document abuse. Non-compliance can lead to lawsuits, fines, and potentially even criminal prosecution. While all employers would benefit from […]

IRS Releases Mileage Rates for 2024

Posted on December 14, 2023 by

The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2024 optional standard mileage rates today for computing the deductible cost of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes.  The most notable change is the slight per mile increase for businesses. Effective January 1, 2024, the optional standard mileage rates for the use of a car […]

2024 Qualified Plan Cost of Living Increases, 2024 Social Security Taxable Wage Base

Posted on November 1, 2023 by

On November 1, 2023 the Internal Revenue Service announced the cost-of-living adjustments for the various qualified retirement plan limits.  Almost all of the limits shown below have increased from last year.   Qualified Plan Limit Cost-of-Living Adjustments 401(k) and 403(b) elective deferral limit 2023 – $22,500 2024 – $23,000 $200,000 compensation limit 2023 – $330,000 […]

Evaluate the Risks When Using Non-Competes

Posted on September 27, 2023 by

In today’s interconnected world, how to protect vital business assets such as key employees and confidential information is top of mind for businesses. Tools such as non-solicitation, non-compete and non-disclosure agreements are utilized as a method of protection for businesses. However, the changing legal landscape related to non-compete provisions has made it essential to be […]

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