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Federal Update

Update to Green Cards and EADs:

      • Some of the changes to the cards include upgrades to holographic images, optically variable ink and “improved detailed artwork.” The administration said that previous cards will still be valid until their stated expiration date.

Presidential State of the Union Address on January 7th, 2023: 

Focused on:

      • Paid family and medical leave 
      • Immigration reform




      • Police reform



      • End to noncompete agreements
      • Enactment of the Protecting the Right to Organize Act. 
      • Restoration of the full child tax credit
      • Raises for public school teachers.
      • Access to preschool for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds.
      • Job training and job placement for veterans and their spouses as they return to civilian life.

    Idaho Update

    76th Idaho Legislative Session Began on January 9th, 2023

    Congressional Update

    118th Congress Began on January 3rd, 2023

    Chance to Compete Act (H.R. 159):

        • Allows federal agencies to focus on competencies and assessments. Passed through the house with support from both sides and is now going through the senate. 
        • https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/159


    Regulatory Update

    Federal Trade Commission (FTC): Non-Compete Ban 

        • Looking to completely ban non-competes 
        • https://www.ftc.gov/news-events/news/press-releases/2023/01/ftc-proposes-rule-ban-noncompete-clauses-which-hurt-workers-harm-competition

    Department of Labor (DOL): Worker Classification Rule 

        • New rule should be released in the spring of 2023
        • https://www.dol.gov/newsroom/releases/WHD/WHD20221011-0

    United Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): 3 year Strategic Plan

        • 3 goals:
          1. Strengthening immigration system
          2. Investing in USCIS Workforce 
          3. Promote effective and efficient management and stewardship
        • https://www.uscis.gov/newsroom/news-releases/uscis-releases-new-strategic-plan-highlighting-long-term-goals#:~:text=The%20strategic%20plan%20highlights%20three,equity%2C%20inclusion%2C%20and%20accessibility%3B
    United Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS): Immigration and Naturalization Fees 
      • Proposition to adjust fees 
      • Comment Period ends on March 6th
      • https://www.uscis.gov/proposed-fee-rule-frequently-asked-questions


    Steps in making a law: 

      1. A bill is introduced in either the House or State by a Senator or Representative who sponsors it 
      2. The bill is then assigned to a committee who will research, discuss, and make changes
      3.  The bill then goes back to the House or Senate to be voted on
      4. If passed it goes to the other body (House or Senate) and repeats Steps 1-3
      5.  Once passed by both they work on the differences to have it match and re-vote to pass in both the House and Senate
      6. If passed in both the House and Senate it then goes to the President (Federal) or Governor (State) to be signed or vetoed 

    Federal Committees that HR professionals should watch:

        • House, Education and Workforce Committee 
        • House Appropriations Committee 
        • Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee 
        • Senate Appropriations Committee 

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