H.R. 1180 – Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017 (Rep. Roby, R-AL, and 17 cosponsors)

STATEMENT OF ADMINISTRATION POLICY

H.R. 1180 – Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017
(Rep. Roby, R-AL, and 17 cosponsors)

The Administration supports H.R. 1180, the Working Families Flexibility Act of 2017. H.R. 1180 would amend the Fair Labor Standards Act to allow private-sector employers to give their employees the choice to receive paid time off instead of cash payments for each hour of time for which overtime compensation would otherwise be required. The bill would extend to private-sector workers a choice that public-sector employees have long enjoyed.

H.R. 1180 would help American workers balance the competing demands of family and work by giving them flexibility to earn paid time off—time they can later use for any reason, including family commitments like attending school appointments and caring for a sick child. In addition, H.R. 1180 contains critical protections to ensure employees can continue to choose overtime pay and to prohibit employers from coercing their employees to accept compensatory time instead of overtime pay.

If H.R. 1180 were presented to the President in its current form, his advisors would recommend that he sign the bill into law.

Buy American, Hire American

On Tuesday, April 18th, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order aimed at strengthening and enforcing his “Buy American, Hire American” agenda.

President Trump visited Snap-on Tools in Kenosha, WI to tour the facility and deliver remarks highlighting his Administration’s commitment to helping American workers. The President told those in attendance, “I am proud to announce that we are about to take bold new steps to follow through on my pledge to buy American and hire American.”

The President’s Executive Order sends a clear message to the world, that his presidency will always defend American workers, American jobs, and American interests. Speaking to the many Wisconsin residents and Snap-on Tools employees, President Trump declared that “the policy of our government is to promote the use of American-made goods and to help ensure that American labor is hired to do the job.”

The President was joined by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Senator Ron Johnson, and his Chief of Staff and Kenosha native Reince Priebus. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin and Education Secretary DeVos also joined the President at Snap-on Tools.

President Trump is committed to fighting for American workers all across the country, and this Executive Order is one more step toward fulfilling that commitment. “We believe American projects should be made with American goods.”

USCIS Will Accept H-1B Petitions for Fiscal Year 2018 Beginning April 3

WASHINGTON — U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin accepting H-1B petitions subject to the fiscal year 2018 cap on April 3, 2017. All cap-subject H-1B petitions filed before April 3, 2017, for the FY 2018 cap will be rejected.

The H-1B program allows companies in the United States to temporarily employ foreign workers in occupations that require the application of a body of highly specialized knowledge and a bachelor’s degree or higher in the specific specialty, or its equivalent. H-1B specialty occupations may include fields such as science, engineering and information technology.

Congress set a cap of 65,000 H-1B visas per fiscal year. An advanced degree exemption from the H-1B cap is available for 20,000 beneficiaries who have earned a U.S. master’s degree or higher. The agency will monitor the number of petitions received and notify the public when the H-1B cap has been met.

USCIS recently announced a temporary suspension of premium processing for all H-1B petitions starting April 3 for up to six months. While H-1B premium processing is suspended, petitioners will not be able to file Form I-907, Request for Premium Processing Service, for a Form I-129, Petition for a Nonimmigrant Worker which requests the H-1B nonimmigrant classification. While premium processing is suspended any Form I-907 filed with an H-1B petition will be rejected. If the petitioner submits one combined check for both the Form I-907 and Form I-129 H-1B fees, both forms will be rejected.

H-1B petitioners must follow all statutory and regulatory requirements as they prepare petitions to avoid delays in processing and possible requests for evidence. The filing fee for Form I-129 has increased to $460, and petitioners no longer have 14 days to correct a dishonored payment. If any fee payments are not honored by the bank or financial institution, USCIS will reject the entire H-1B petition without the option for the petitioner to correct it.

Form M-735, Optional Checklist for Form I-129 H-1B Filings (PDF, 278 KB), provides detailed information on how to complete and submit an FY 2018 H-1B petition.

For more information on the H-1B nonimmigrant visa program and current Form I-129 processing times, visit the H-1B FY 2018 Cap Season Web page or call the National Customer Service Center at 800-375-5283 or 800-767-1833 (TDD for the hearing impaired). To subscribe to the H-1B Cap Season email updates go to the H1B FY 2018 Cap Season Web page.

For more information on USCIS and its programs, please visit uscis.gov or follow us on Twitter (@uscis), YouTube (/uscis), and Facebook(/uscis).

Coming June 2017: SelectUSA Investment Summit

June 18-20, 2017
Gaylord Hotel
National Harbor, MD.

Mark your calendar: 2017 Investment Summit. The 2017 SelectUSA Investment Summit dates and location

Each year, the Summit showcases investment opportunities from every corner of the United States, while high-profile business and government leaders share insight on the latest business trends. Participants find the practical tools, information and connections they need to move investments forward.

Hosted by President Barack Obama, the 2016 SelectUSA Investment Summit was a tremendous success, convening more than 2,500 participants from 70 markets and 52 U.S. states and territories.

To learn more about the last Summit, please visit our 2016 Summit page

Accessing LA: Doing Business with the City

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
9:00 AM to 2:00 PM (PDT)
Los Angeles, CA

Join LA City Councilmember David Ryu and Board of Public Works Commissioner Joel Jacinto for Accessing L.A. Doing Business with the City. Accessing L.A. will provide local Asian Pacific American and other diverse businesses in Los Angeles with the information and tools necessary to tap into the City’s contracting dollars.

Learn how to do business with the City using the Los Angeles Business Assistance Virtual Network (LABAVN)
Interact with City buyers and contracting officials ­
Hear from small Asian­Pacific American businesses who successfully do business with the City
Discover various small business academies
Connect with small business resource centers in the LA region
Meet with other contracting agencies in the LA region (Federal, State, Local)

In addition, representatives from the Los Angeles Police, Fire and Personnel Departments will announce their recruitment job opportunities.

About AICC

The American International Chamber of Commerce (AICC) is a non-profit international business organization comprised of entrepreneurs, executives and leaders from across the globe whom are engaged in trade and industry within the International chamber of commerce region of the world. With offices in America, Asia, Europe, Africa and a growing presence throughout the world, we’d like to welcome you to our many exciting events happening across the globe. Many of our events are open to Non-members, we invite you to come preview what we are all about.
AICC mission is to promote the development of trade and investment opportunities between the United States and all the countries. Our Asia Pacific Committee is focus in China, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Vietnam, India, Australia and other Asia Pacific countries.The AICC has more the corporate and individual members, and represents international companies doing business in the United States. Our current membership includes small, mid-sized and large manufacturing companies, service providers, nonprofit organizations and individuals. The development and activities of AICC are guided by its Board of Directors. Permanent committees are charged with the responsibility of planning programs, developing membership and new services, consequently providing for the continued growth of our organization and the improvement of its operations.

AICC joined the United Nations Global Compact network. The Global Compact network includes a number of important business associations representing leading companies from around the world. These associations are well known for their thought-leadership and private-sector expertise on critical issues related to sustainable development and corporate citizenship.

Objectives

  • To promote the development of trade, commerce, and investment between the United States and International.
  • To provide a forum in which international businesses in the United States can identify and discuss common interests regarding their commercial interests in the United States.
  • To work with organizations in the American on matters of mutual interest.
  • To maintain relations with the Chamber of Commerce of the United States and other Chambers of Commerce or commercial organizations elsewhere.
  • To do all other lawful things as may be incidental or conducive to the attainment of the foregoing objectives.
  • Focuses on government-to-government outreach with corporate and academic support to expand trade and investment through provinces and municipalities of China . The investment by Chinese companies in the American will be facilitated by the AICC.
  • Seeks to increase understanding throughout the China’s markets and resources, to showcase as America ‘s most dynamic region, and to develop knowledge in China of investment opportunities in the United States and the export potential of America ‘s companies.

Activities

Membership Meetings – AICC invites all of our members, and interested guests, to attend membership event. The guest speakers will give an informational presentation on current topics of interest to the foreign business community in the United States.

Seminar & Luncheon Programs – AICC hosts day-long, half-day and luncheon presentations on a regular basis, featuring in depth coverage of current, relevant topics. These gatherings also offer members an opportunity to meet and talk with decision-makers in an open and informal atmosphere. The seminar programs are aimed at enhancing business and interpersonal skills for professionals at all levels.

Committee Meetings – Committees play an important role in the creative aspect of the Chamber, as committees identify relevant industry specific topics and design forums for further discussion and education.

Community Involvement – AICC is committed to making the community in which we all live and work, a better one. The Chamber supports charity events each year and encourages member companies to become involved in Chamber related and other community projects.

The American International Chamber of Commerce (AICC) is a fast growing business organization uniting over 9000 American and international companies operating in the country.

We are committed to participating in the international business community and forging new commercial relationships abroad.

Trademark

AICC goods and services got registered and approval by
the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director David Kappos on March 23 2009
Registration Number is: 3765637

AICC goods and services:

Chamber of commerce services, namely, promoting business and tourism between the United States and Asia; Consulting services in the field of marketing of educational training; Convention and visitors bureau services, namely, promoting tourism, business and conventions in the United States and Asia; Organizer of exhibitions and trade fairs for business and promotional purposes; Organizer of business conventions; Organizing, promoting and conducting exhibitions, tradeshows and events for business purposes; Public relations, advertising and marketing services for the tourism and convention industry, namely, organizing and hosting site inspections and familiarization tours for wholesalers, tour operators, travel agents, meeting and incentive travel planners and travel media.

AICC is a business associations number of the UN Global Compact network of associations are well known for thought-leadership and private-sector expertise on critical issues related to sustainable development and corporate citizenship.

UN Global Compact network Official website business associations list link at:
http://www.unglobalcompact.org

To learn more about getting involved and how support the goals and objective of the AICC organization through corporate partnerships or through membership benefits, Please visit our official website at: http://www.aiccus.org to learn more about our chamber.