Dinse Drop-In Office Hours: March-April 2016

The next Dinse Drop-in sessions for StartUpVT will be:

Wednesday, March 16, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, March 29, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Wednesday, April 13, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday, April 26, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meet with a Dinse business lawyer for no charge during the designated hours. Ask legal questions for your business that are on your mind or, if you don't have specific questions, learn what questions you should be thinking about for your business.

Come to our offices at 209 Battery Street in Burlington during the designated Dinse Drop-in office hours and ask to see one of our business lawyers who is available for Drop-in consultations that day.

Post by Leigh Cole

Post by Leigh Cole

Dinse Drop-in Office Hours: November-December 2015

The next Dinse Drop-in sessions for StartUpVT will be hosted at VCET@BTV, the Vermont Center for Emerging Technology’s co-working space at 266 Main Street, at the following times:

•Wednesday, November 4, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
•Tuesday, November 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM * TO BE HELD AT DINSE on 11/17 - location change
•Wednesday, December 2, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM * TO BE HELD AT DINSE on 12/2 - location change
•Tuesday, December 15, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM * TO BE HELD AT DINSE on 12/15 - location change

Come to VCET@BTV during Dinse Drop-in office hours and ask to meet with one of the Dinse lawyers who is available for drop-in consultations that day.  Meet with a Dinse business lawyer for no charge. Ask legal questions for your business that are on your mind or, if you don't have specific questions, learn what legal issues you should be thinking about for your business.

Post by Leigh Cole

Post by Leigh Cole

More H-1B Amendments Needed, With New Deadline of August 19, 2015; Tip for Employment Authorization for H-4 Spouses

There’s news to report in the world of H-1B employment. These items affect both (a) employers which are subject to the H-1B cap so have to file on April 1 to get into the annual H-1B lottery, and (b) colleges and universities and affiliated nonprofits which are exempt from the H-1B cap so can obtain H-1B approvals any time of year... Read More.

Post by Leigh Cole

Post by Leigh Cole

NCAA Transfer Restrictions Don’t Benefit Student Athletes

In the not-too-distant past, when a student athlete (SA) matriculated to a certain college, fans of those teams could generally expect to see the growth and development in that young man or woman, both personally and athletically, over a four-year period.  However, recent reports in revenue-generating Division 1 sports (primarily football and basketball) reflect that more and more SAs are switching their school of choice at some point in their collegiate careers.  The decision to transfer is a rapidly growing trend and, because of unnecessary NCAA restrictions on such activity, is essentially forcing those student athletes who decide that a switch is what is best for them, to remain in school for longer than he or she may have originally intended... Read more.

Post by Afi Ahmadi

Post by Afi Ahmadi

Dinse Drop-in Office Hours: April –May 2015

We’ve been busy helping new entrepreneurs!  Our Dinse Drop-in office hours for March were at the Small BIZ VT Summit sponsored by the Lake Champlain regional Chamber of Commerce.

The next Dinse Drop-in sessions for StartUpVT will be:

•Wednesday, April 15,  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
•Tuesday, April 28, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
•Tuesday, May 12, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
•Tuesday, May 26, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Meet with a Dinse business lawyer for no charge during the designated hours. Ask legal questions for your business that are on your mind or, if you don't have specific questions, learn what questions you should be thinking about for your business.

Come to our offices at 209 Battery Street in Burlington during the designated Dinse Drop-in office hours and ask to see one of our business lawyers who is available for Drop-in consultations that day.

Post by Leigh Cole

Post by Leigh Cole

Implementation of DACA Expansion and New DAPA Program Delayed

Even before the President’s executive actions on immigration have been implemented, there is a new development.  On February 16, 2015 a federal district court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction blocking implementation of the new Deferred Action for Parental Accountability (DAPA) program and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  The original DACA program implemented in 2012 is unaffected... Read more.

Post by Leigh Cole

Post by Leigh Cole

It’s That H-1B Time of Year Again!

February has rolled around again and we’re thinking about powder days for skiing in the mountains and Caribbean vacations to find some sun, and April showers to bring May flowers… yes, April is right around the corner! So it’s time to start working on H-1B petitions that must be filed on April 1 for eligibility under the annual numerical limit on H-1B approvals known as the H-1B cap.

Many of our clients don’t have to worry about the H-1B cap at all: colleges, universities, nonprofits affiliated with colleges and universities, nonprofit research organization and government research organizations are exempt from the cap.  Exempt employers can sponsor employees for H-1B status any time of year.  But most employers are subject to the cap and only can file initial H-1B petitions for new employees on April 1 each year... Read more.

Post by Leigh Cole

Post by Leigh Cole

Hemp in Vermont – Risks and Opportunities

November’s elections saw two more states and the District of Columbia pass ballot initiatives legalizing the cultivation or sale of marijuana for recreational use.  Vermont has not yet joined their ranks—but, the State has been slowly liberalizing its laws in a couple of key areas.  While these changes in state law have created new business opportunities, marijuana remains illegal under federal law.  We’ve recently been working with clients trying to navigate these unsettled waters and manage their risk in a complex and rapidly evolving sector.

Vermont law now permits the cultivation and sale of marijuana in two forms: as medicine, pursuant to the State’s medical marijuana law, and as hemp.  Vermont's medical marijuana program stands as one of the more tightly  regulated programs amongst the considerable number of states that now have such laws.  The law limits the number of dispensaries that may be operated in Vermont (four total), requires that they be operated by nonprofit entities, and closely regulates details concerning site security, retention and oversight of employees and officers, and record-keeping.  From the patient perspective, the law also more narrowly defines the conditions that qualify one to obtain medical marijuana than some other states—for example, California, where requirements to obtain medical marijuana are notoriously loose.  In addition to buying marijuana at a dispensary, registered patients in Vermont can grow their own plants or have a caregiver grow for them... Read more.

Post by Justin Barnard

The President’s Executive Actions on Immigration: What Employers Need To Know

On November 20, 2014 President Obama announced a set of immigration changes to be implemented by executive action within the parameters of current U.S. immigration laws.  The announcement was accompanied by a 33-page memorandum opinion from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) explaining why the proposed executive action is legal. None of the proposals can take effect until sometime in 2015 after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) develops detailed criteria and application procedures for each program. Meanwhile Congress could change all of this at any time by amending the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).

The executive actions don’t address certain key issues that are of great interest to the business community such as the H-1B cap which is dictated by the INA.  H-1Bs are readily available for colleges and universities, nonprofits affiliated with colleges and universities, and nonprofit research organizations.  But the H-1B cap is a major challenge for businesses with hard-to-fill professional positions. Still the announcement included good news for employers... Read more.