The Justice Department is suing Facebook for side-stepping visa rules

The Justice Department has filed charges against Facebook for allegedly discriminating against US workers in its hiring practices. The complaint, filed on Thursday, alleges that the company maintained a separate job listing process for visa-eligible job postings, both limiting the visibility of the job listing online and insisting that job seekers submit their applications by mail.

According to the Justice Department, the result was a systematic effort to discourage US workers from applying for an entire class of jobs at Facebook.

“Facebook’s discriminatory recruitment and hiring practice is routine, ongoing, and widespread,” the complaint reads. “It discriminates against U.S. workers because of their immigration or citizenship status, and it harms them by limiting their ability to apply, to be considered, and to be hired.”

In simple terms, prosecutors believe Facebook was hiding job listings reserved for visa-bound workers that

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United States Toughens Visa Rules for ‘Malign’ Chinese Communist Party Members | World News

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has issued rules to restrict travel to the United States by Chinese Communist Party members and their families, the State Department said in a statement on Thursday.

The policy reduces the maximum validity length of B1/B2 visitor visas for party members and their immediate family members from 10 years to 1 month, the statement said.

The measure was aimed at protecting the nation from the party’s “malign influence,” the statement said, adding the party works to “influence Americans through propaganda, economic coercion, and other nefarious activities.”

The Trump administration has sought to cement the outgoing president’s tough-on-China legacy, and relations between the world’s two largest economies have sunk to their lowest point in decades.

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying responded at a news briefing on Thursday, saying: “This clearly is an escalated form of political oppression towards China by some extreme anti-China

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United States toughens visa rules for ‘malign’ Chinese Communist Party members

(Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration has issued rules to restrict travel to the United States by Chinese Communist Party members and their families, the State Department said in a statement on Thursday.



FILE PHOTO: The flags of China, U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party are displayed in a flag stall at the Yiwu Wholesale Market in Yiwu


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FILE PHOTO: The flags of China, U.S. and the Chinese Communist Party are displayed in a flag stall at the Yiwu Wholesale Market in Yiwu

The policy reduces the maximum validity length of B1/B2 visitor visas for party members and their immediate family members from 10 years to 1 month, the statement said.

The measure was aimed at protecting the nation from the party’s “malign influence,” the statement said, adding the party works to “influence Americans through propaganda, economic coercion, and other nefarious activities.”

The Trump administration has sought to cement the outgoing president’s tough-on-China legacy, and relations between the world’s two largest economies have sunk to their lowest point in decades.

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Barry’s boss blasts Tier 3 Covid rules that BANS his fitness classes but allows gyms to open

  • Sandy Macaskill said the Covid restrictions for Tier 3 areas ‘absolutely no sense’
  • He claimed authorities would let him have a free-for-all policy like normal gyms
  • But the fitness instructor branded this ‘far inferior’ than how he wanted to open
  • Gyms reopened across the country from yesterday after being closed for month

The founder of Barry’s UK has blasted the government’s ‘absurd’ Tier 3 rules that bans his fitness studios but allows other gyms to open.

Sandy Macaskill said the restrictions stopping his group exercise classes from operating in areas such as Manchester make ‘absolutely no sense’.

He claimed authorities would let him have a free-for-all policy like normal gyms but branded this ‘far inferior’ than how he wants to open.

Fitness centres reopened across the country yesterday after being closed for a month under ‘lockdown 2.0′.

They will remain open in all three coronavirus alert levels, but stricter

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U.S. Tightens Visa Rules for Chinese Communist Party Members

The Trump administration on Wednesday issued new rules to curtail travel to the United States by members of the Chinese Communist Party and their immediate families, a move certain to further exacerbate tensions between the two countries.

The new policy, which took immediate effect, limits the maximum validity of travel visas for party members and their families to one month and a single entry, according to two people familiar with the matter. A State Department spokesman said in an emailed statement it was reducing the validity of visas for party members from 10 years to one month.

Previously, party members, like other Chinese citizens, could obtain visitor visas for the United States of up to 10 years in duration. The new measures do not affect party members’ eligibility for other kinds of visas, such as immigration, one of the people added.

In principle, the policy change could affect the travel

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US court scraps Trump’s tough H-1B visa rules

Lubna Kably & Shilpa Phadnis | TNN

Mumbai/Bengaluru: A US district court has set aside the two recently introduced rules that stifled hiring of H-1B workers, by significantly hiking wages and restricting eligibility norms. The ruling is important from the point of view of Indians already in the US, whose H-1B applications would come up for renewal and also those aspiring to take up employment in the US.

These rules were promulgated on a fast-track basis and introduced as interim final rules in early October, without the normal procedure of inviting public comments and vetting the same — a process that can take several months.

Judge Jeffrey S White of the US district court (Northern District of California), in his order dated December 1, held that the Trump administration had failed to show there was good cause to dispense with the rational and thoughtful discourse that is provided by the

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Federal judge halts Trump’s H-1B visa rules

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A federal judge on Tuesday struck down two Trump administration rules issued in October meant to restrict H-1B visas for highly skilled foreign workers. In a 23-page order, US District Judge Jeffrey White said the administration failed to show “good cause” for issuing the rules on an emergency basis, bypassing a customary comment period.

The technology industry relies heavily on H-1B visas. About three-quarters of 85,000 allotted H-1B visas each year go to people who work in tech. 

The Trump administration had argued that the rules, which fall under the Departments of Labor and Homeland Security, needed to be issued quickly because of unemployment spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. The Labor Department rule, which went into effect in October, raised the minimum salaries employers

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Bay Area Council, Stanford win as Trump admin rules nixed

The Bay Area Council, Stanford University and a host of other business and educational groups scored a legal victory over the administration of President Donald Trump on Tuesday, with a federal judge tossing out new rules for the H-1B visa.

“This is a major win for our economy and for our ability to recover from the worst downturn in generations,” Bay Area Council CEO Jim Wunderman said in a statement. “H-1B workers fill an important need in our economy and provide immense benefits not only to the companies they work for but the communities where they live. Many of the leading and fastest-growing technology companies in the Bay Area have been founded by entrepreneurs from other countries who first came here on visas.”

The rules issued in October by the federal departments of Labor and Homeland Security had imposed a one-year limit on placement of H-1B workers at third-party firms,

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New immigration rules: Visa applications open under UK’s post-Brexit ‘simple’ points-based system

The UK’s new post-Brexit points-based visa and immigration system, described by the government as “simple, effective and flexible”, opened for applications from Tuesday.

The UK Home Office said applicants for the new Skilled Worker Visa can now apply to work and live in the UK from January 1, 2021, when the Brexit transition period ends to bring European Union (EU) migrants in line with non-EU countries, such as India.

Under the new points-based immigration system unveiled earlier, points will be awarded for a job offer at the appropriate skill level, knowledge of English and being paid a minimum salary.

“This government promised to end free movement, to take back control of our borders and to introduce a new points-based immigration system. Today, we have delivered on that promise,” said Home Secretary Priti Patel.

“This simple, effective and flexible system will ensure employers can recruit the skilled workers they need, whilst

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Online wagering imminent in Michigan as lawmakers prepare to take up licensing rules

As COVID-19 continues to limit Michigan’s in-person gambling options, supporters of a bipartisan law allowing online wagers are anxiously awaiting the green light to get up and running.

But there are still a few administrative steps to climb before people older than 21 will see their options for betting from their phones or computers within state boundaries expand exponentially.

Michigan residents can currently play Michigan Lottery games online. But a legislative package signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last year opened up the playing field to allow Michigan’s commercial and tribal casinos the opportunity to provide their own online offerings, including mobile sports betting options. In-person sportsbooks went live in March, just before COVID-19 was first detected in Michigan and major sporting events were canceled outright or postponed for months.

Under Michigan’s new sports betting laws passed in December 2019, an 8.4% tax on retail sports bets are collected after winnings

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