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DOL Updates Guidance on Proxy Voting and ESG

| Megan K. Jackson, Keith L. Johnson

The DOL's new guidance for ERISA plans withdraws prior guidance and supports ERISA plans in voting proxies, engaging with companies and incorporating environmental, social and governance factors into decision-making. ERISA plans may wish to review and update their proxy voting policies, statements of investment policy and investment manager contracts to reflect the new guidance.

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Plan Now For FY2018 H-1B Cap Filing Season

| Benjamin T. Kurten

Employers considering sponsoring individuals for H-1B status to work in the United States should prepare now so that they are ready to file H-1B petitions for these individual on April 1, 2017. Each year the U.S. government only issues a limited number of H-1B visas for individuals seeking to enter H-1B status so that they can work in specialty and professional positions in the United States. Employers may first apply for the new batch of H-1B visas on April 1, 2017, and they are likely to be all snapped up within the first week that they are available.

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