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Post-COVID Workforce Considerations: Anticipating Work Location Shifts and Wage Hikes on Foreign National Employees

Sponsor(s):  BAL

Now that companies are returning to work and offering more flexibility in remote-work arrangements, how will changes in employees’ job locations impact wages? As the Biden administration looks to protect U.S. jobs during the COVID-19 economic recovery, employers will need to follow the Labor Department’s regulatory moves on increasing wage levels for high-skilled foreign workers. How will wage adjustments affect your company’s competitiveness, ability to attract and retain talent, while you ensure that wages are consistent across your organization?

Join this engaging and timely discussion, where our experts will delve into the following topics:

  • Immigration consequences triggered by wage and location changes and strategies to mitigate disruptions.
  • What to anticipate from the Labor Department regarding higher wage thresholds for H-1B and other specialty occupation workers.
  • Understanding “prevailing wages” and how to assess the impact on your budget.
  • The implications of wage adjustments for remote workers on your company’s immigration program, foreign national employees and broader talent acquisition strategies.

CE Credit (fees may apply):  CRP GMS

The Speakers


Jessica Mullins-Ta

Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP,

Jessica Mullins-Ta is a Partner in the Dallas office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP, handling a wide array of cases for corporate clients and employees. Jessica has worked with some of the world’s largest companies to create immigration programs that cater to their strategic business goals. She designed and implemented the work-visa program for a leading tech company, including specialty occupation workers, employees transferring from overseas offices, and students employed in practical training programs, and oversaw its exponential growth over the years. Jessica also ensures immigration compliance for high-profile corporate acquisitions, mergers and other business restructurings. She represents foreign nationals obtaining permanent residence in the Researcher, Extraordinary Ability, and National Interest Waiver categories, and has won numerous travel ban exceptions for major players in COVID-19 supply chain efforts to facilitate the distribution of medical equipment and vaccines.

Senior Associate

Tiffany Lam-Bentley

Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

Tiffany Lam-Bentley is a Senior Associate in the Dallas office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. Tiffany provides strategic counsel to clients of all sizes on all aspects of business immigration. She works on a wide range of employment and family-based matters, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa matters. Tiffany has also led CLE courses for the firm, including a recent presentation for attorneys on how to determine prevailing wage levels. She has published law review articles about employment-based immigration and served as faculty for AILA’s PERM Online Course, lecturing on Beneficiary Qualifications and Prevailing Wage Determinations.

Senior Associate

Kyle Klaudt

Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP

Kyle Klaudt is a Senior Associate in the Dallas office of Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP. His practice focuses on all aspects of employment-based immigration, including nonimmigrant and immigrant visa petitions, permanent residence, PERM labor certifications, and the immigration consequences of mergers and acquisitions. He was named to the 2021 “Ones to Watch” list by Best Lawyers.