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2/25/2015
Author(s) - Roger Tsai
Holland & Hart News Update
Certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders will soon be eligible to seek authorization to work in the United States. Leon Rodriguez, Director of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), announced that the Department of Homeland Services (DHS) amended its regulations in order to allow H-4 dependent spouses to accept employment in the U.S. The new rule goes into effect in approximately 90 days on May 26, 2015.
February 24, 2015
Author(s) - Joanna Vilos
Holland & Hart News Update
Recognition of a spouse for purposes of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) will no longer depend on the law of the state in which the employee resides. Effective March 27, 2015, the FMLA definition of spouse instead will look to the law of the place where the marriage was entered into. This “place of celebration” rule means that any couple who was legally married under the law where the marriage took place will be recognized as spouses under the FMLA, including same-sex and common law marriages.
2/16/2015
Holland & Hart News Update

Although the proposed regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS”) were due last year, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) has finally proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (“sUAS”) in the National Airspace System (“NAS”) for commercial operations.  These proposed regulations would govern any commercial entity that intends to use sUAS in the course of its business and are not restricted to entities whose service is to supply either sUAS or operations of sUAS to commercial entities.  The new rules would not apply to model aircraft. 

2/10/2015
Holland & Hart News Update
On January 15, 2015, the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) issued final rules amending the Cuban Assets Control Regulations (CACR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to implement key policy changes to the U.S. embargo of Cuba (collectively the “Amendments”). The policy changes were originally announced by President Obama on December 17, 2014.
2/6/2015