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Auckland lawyer Bohsoon Kang has been fined $5,000 by the New Zealand Lawyers and Conveyancers Disciplinary Tribunal after a finding of unsatisfactory conduct.
Mr Kang has also been ordered to pay the New Zealand Law Society’s total costs of $16,299.20 and to undertake a Trust Account Supervisor Refresher Course as soon as practicable and within the next 12 months.
New Zealand Law Society reviews of Mr Kang’s firm’s trust account in 2008, 2012 and 2016 identified breaches of the Act and Regulations and he was required to remedy the shortcomings in his trust account practices. A further inspection in 2017 identified a number of deficiencies in his trust accounting records and practices.
These included issues with monthly reconciliations and account imbalances, failures to report to clients and failures to address unpresented cheques.
The Tribunal noted that Mr Kang had admitted under cross-examination that he was not familiar with the trust accounting regulations at the time and was in need of good familiarisation. He had accepted that he did not focus on the requirements seriously enough and had now realised the extent of his obligations.
Dallas, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 21, 2018 – The U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation that would help Dreamers, young immigrants who came to the United States as children. On February 15, 2018, the Senate killed four immigration bills, including a measure backed by President Trump, that would have granted permanent resident status to approximately 1.8 million Dreamers and would have provided funding for a border wall.
“President Trump has upped the ante to require that any legislation that he will sign that provides a long term solution for DACA recipients must not only fund a border wall, but must also fundamentally change the complex area of legal immigration, parts of which have been in place for more than 50 years,” said Stewart Rabinowitz of the Dallas and Frisco, Texas law firm of Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz, P.C.
“There has been no regular order in the Senate, where hearings on the various Senate immigration proposals could be fleshed out. Instead, there were quick votes that poured out all proposals,” said Rabinowitz. “Legislative proposals were made under the clear threat of a Presidential veto if the Senate bills did not meet the President’s exact formula. To maintain pressure, DHS issued megaphone level statements in support of what the President wants. The end result was that all failed to garner the needed 60 votes.”
The legislation supported by President Trump received the least amount of support in the Senate, with only 39 Senators voting for it. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said the vote was an important demonstration of the amount of support the President’s plan had. The Senate voted 54-45 on a bipartisan bill that would have helped more than 2 million Dreamers and provided funding for border security, but that bill, too, fell short of 60 votes.
President Trump worked against the bipartisan bill, which was written by a group of eight Republicans, seven Democrats and one Independent. Just prior to the vote, the President tweeted that the bill would be a “total catastrophe.” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said an immigration bill will not pass without leadership from the President.
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Houston, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2018 – In November 2016, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a final rule meant to modernize and improve regulations relating to employment-based immigration.
The final rule’s purpose was to assist U.S. employers to hire and maintain highly skilled workers who are approved employment-based immigrants and are waiting to become permanent residents. The rule also aimed to clarify and improve longstanding Department of Homeland Security (DHS) policies and practices, grace periods and other issues in regard to immigrant business and non-immigrant visas. The rule went into effect on January 17, 2017.
“While this mostly sounds relatively straightforward,” said noted Huston immigration attorney, Annie Banerjee, “a wrench got thrown into the works when USCIS issued a memo on March 31, 2017 stating they do not believe that a Level I wage for computer professionals does not qualify those workers as ‘professional employees.’”
March 2017 is the month where businesses prepare to file new H-1Bs. The yearly quota for new H-1Bs is 65,000 plus 20,000 for personnel educated in the United States, making a grand total of 85,000 visas available. The problem is that over 200,000 people apply, which means a lottery is held. An individual may file six months prior to the government year, which starts October 1. Thus, most petitions for an H-1B visa are mailed March 31 in the hopes the application reaches USCIS on or by April 1.
The problem with the instruction memo is that those wages are set by the Department of Labor (DOL), not by USCIS, and thus the memo is beyond the DOL’s legal power or authority. Furthermore, to have this opinion for one particular industry niche violates the law, and the memo itself is neither backed up by a notice or a comment period. “And that is in violation of the 14th Amendment,” added Banerjee. The consequence of the memo was that a large volume of consulting company jobs, picked in the lottery, were denied, wasting the quota numbers.
Furthermore, following the president’s “Buy American, Hire American” executive order, the administration began to review the H-1B visa program. The current administration may not be entirely correct in its approach. Insisting that H-1B computer consulting positions should be paid more in order to ensure that U.S. employers get priority in the hiring process while well intended, may not be economically beneficial.
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Bloomfield Hills, MI (Law Firm Newswire) March 19, 2018 – As part of its continuing efforts to assist students with special needs and their families, Barger & Gaines is pleased to announce the opening of its Michigan office.
Michigan Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein administered the Oath to Paul Barger on March 14, 2018 in Lansing, allowing Paul to practice in Michigan, and Barger & Gaines intends to immediately provide the same level of service to families in Michigan as it does to families in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Barger & Gaines’s Michigan office is located at 39572 Woodward Avenue, Suite 201, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan 48304. Please contact the firm at (248) 469-4920.