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L&E Lens on Business Immigration: Strategies and Compliance for Recruitment, Retention and Termination

(753 reviews)

Produced on November 19, 2015

$ 59 Immigration and Labor & Employment In Stock

Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Blending Business Immigration Law strategies with Labor & Employment acumen can lead to a highly successful program to recruit and employ foreign-born talent. Join Kimberly N. Grant, Jennifer Taler, and Nancy L. Gunzenhauserof Epstein Becker & Green, P.C., one of the nation’s leading employment law firms, for an in-depth and practical discussion of how legal counsel, HR, and talent acquisition can navigate the pitfalls and opportunities of identifying, hiring and retaining foreign nationals. 


This program examines the types of questions a recruiter may legally ask of potential applicants, identify who is within a “protected class” in this area, and provide a checklist of potential red flags to examine before extending an offer to a candidate who requires visa sponsorship. This program also discusses how to select an appropriate visa classification, and in the lead-up to the annual H-1B cap filing that begins each April 1st, examines alternatives to the H-1B nonimmigrant visa classification - including the legal parameters and acceptable activities within each class from the free trade visas, such as the TN, E-3 and H-1B1 (Chile/Singapore) to the E-1/E-2 investor visas, and to the more recent alternatives, such as the H-4 EAD, as well as more innovative approaches. In the midst of the excitement of landing that great candidate, the program also examines compliance strategies to ensure a successful onboarding, including I-9 compliance tips and E-Verify, and tips for executing a lawful separation.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Understand the nuances in the recruitment of foreign-born talent, including how to determine whether someone requires sponsorship and spot impediments to obtaining work authorization 

II.    Identify nonimmigrant visa options and other considerations in hiring  

III.   Recognize common onboarding issues, including completing proper I-9 compliance through E-Verify or an alternate program 

IV.   Determine if there are additional legal requirements that stem from sponsorship in instances of legal separation 


Kimberly N. Grant

Epstein Becker & Green

Kimberly N. Grant is Senior Counsel in the Labor and Employment practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green. She has served clients in the consumer products, specialty packaging, hospitality, pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical, medical device, specialty chemicals, content marketing, aviation, and confectionery industries, among others.


Ms. Grant:

  • Provides strategic corporate immigration counsel to clients ranging from small and medium-sized organizations to Fortune 500 companies
  • Prepares and submits petitions (including H-1B, L-1, O-1, J-1, H-3, TN, and E-3 petitions) and employment-based permanent residence cases to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Department of Labor, and other government agencies
  • Has extensive experience with employment-based temporary and permanent visa categories (including the preparation of PERM labor certification applications, multinational manager and executive petitions, outstanding researcher petitions, national interest waiver petitions, and petitions for scientists, engineers, and business professionals of extraordinary ability categories) and applications for naturalization and expedited 319(b) naturalization
  • Advises companies on Form I-9 compliance


Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Ms. Grant was an attorney at a corporate immigration law firm, where she focused on providing advice to human resources personnel, in-house counsel, and foreign national employees in the area of U.S. immigration law. Previously, she clerked in the Immigration Unit of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, where she researched and drafted bench memoranda on immigration law issues.


Ms. Grant regularly lectures on U.S. immigration laws and compliance topics and provides pro bono services, which have included counseling natives of Haiti on applying for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and work authorization following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010.


In 2014, Ms. Grant was named to the New Jersey Rising Stars list in the area of Immigration. While at law school, Ms. Grant received the Dr. Samuel Belkin Award for exceptional contribution to the growth and development of Cardozo Law School. She also was the James Boskey Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Writing Competition Winner, which was presented by the American Bar Association’s Section of Dispute Resolution.


Representative Experience

  • Served as an Alternate Responsible Officer (ARO) of the J-1 exchange visitor program for a multinational organization in the pharmaceutical industry
  • Assists prominent professionals, including vice presidents, scientists, researchers, and engineers with obtaining “extraordinary ability” and “outstanding researcher” classifications based on demonstrated international expertise and prominence in their fields
  • Guided clients on the immigration aspects of acquisitions and corporate restructuring, as well as Form I-9 employer compliance and strategic integration of new case matters following mergers and acquisitions
  • Successfully appealed an I-140 multinational manager petition to the Administrative Appeals Office (AAO) within the USCIS, demonstrating that the client company was a “successor in interest” and, therefore, that a qualifying relationship existed between the overseas and U.S. legal entities
  • Attended adjustment of status, immigrant visa petition, and naturalization interviews with clients at USCIS offices in numerous states
  • Provided training sessions on U.S. immigration laws and compliance, Form I-9 employment verification compliance, and global mobility trends to numerous Fortune 500 companies

Jennifer Taler

Berry Appleman and Leiden

Jennifer Taler is an Associate at Berry Appleman and Leiden. She represents large multinational clients and their employees across a wide range of immigration matters.


Ms. Taler’s experience includes:

Advising employers on business-related immigration matters involving the recruitment, hiring, transfer, and retention of foreign nationals in the United States

Securing employment-based nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for employees of large multinational corporations

Advising on immigration options and strategies for front, middle, and back-office positions based on a client’s long- and short-term global mobility needs

Counseling clients on all aspects of the permanent residency process

Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Ms. Taler was an associate in the Immigration Practice Group of a commercial law firm in New York City.


While attending law school, Ms. Taler was an Associate Editor of the Fordham Intellectual Property, Media & Entertainment Law Journal and a two-time national competitor for Fordham’s Moot Court team. She also served as a legal intern in the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, New York; a judicial extern for Judge Mary Catherine Cuff of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, in West Long Branch, New Jersey; and a Summer Law Intern in the Law Department of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Nancy Gunzenhauser Popper

Epstein Becker & Green

NANCY GUNZENHAUSER POPPER is an Associate in the Employment, Labor & Workforce Management practice, in the New York office of Epstein Becker Green.

Ms. Popper:

  • Counsels clients on compliance with EEO laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, worker classification issues, and other federal, state, and local statutes governing the workplace
  • Advises employers in all facets of the employment relationship, from pre-employment considerations and hiring to terminations and post-employment restrictions
  • Prepares employment, consulting, and separation agreements
  • Audits employers’ employment policies, procedures, and handbooks to ensure compliance with applicable laws and best practices
  • Conducts workplace training seminars for employees, managers, and human resources personnel
  • Assists in defending clients in labor and employment-related litigation in a broad array of matters, such as discrimination, harassment, retaliation, breach of contract, and wage and hour disputes

Prior to joining Epstein Becker Green, Ms. Popper worked as an intern in the Law Department of the Kings County Supreme Court; the Employment Law Department of one the world's largest professional services, risk management, and insurance brokerage firms; and the Social Security Administration, among other positions.

While at law school, Ms. Popper received the CALI "Excellence for the Future Award" in Privacy in the Workplace.

  • Brooklyn Law School (J.D., 2013)
    • cum laude
  • Vanderbilt University (B.A., 2010)
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York
Bar Admissions
  • New York


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The presenters were delightful!

Beth F.

I thought all 3 presenters were excellent. I liked this format of multiple presenters on a single topic.

Christa J.

Interesting topic and knowledgeable and personable speakers.

Dena R.

Great presentation - very informative and succinct.

Julie F.

Nice job, I liked the three presenters. Very knowledgeable, and having more than one voice kept it from being monotonous. Nice job.

Pamela M.

Very good and helpful

Lauri Y.

very informative.

Valerie M.

Very well.done. presentation engaging and easy to follow.

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Khwaja A.

Avery good presentation of the subject

Ariol E.

it was a great course

Andrea N.

good speakers.

michael c.

very good

Laura V.

Excellent speakers and content

melvin f.

Needed more time, maybe 1.5 units. Lots of good information on a big issue.

Mark H.

Great trio

Judith Marie F.

Very good content, also liked the format.


Great speakers; know their subject & presented everything well.

Joseph Z.

These ladies worked really well with each other. Thanks!

Henry V.

Very efficient

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Howard F.

This was an outstanding presentation. It was well-organized; and the presenters were clearly prepared.

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Rita M.

I thought all speakers were effective and concise in covering a large body of information. This could have actually been allotted more time to do the speakers and materials justice.

Katherine D.

Good introduction to many areas of employment law and immigration.

Cathy B.

Very organized; easy to follow

john b.

Highly effective, efficient and informative

Laura Dierberg A.

Excellent presentation with clearly knowledgeable speakers.

Summer C.

All three presenters were fantastic. Great information and really well done.

Bruce B.

Great course

Holly R.

Excellent speakers; good content. Thanks!

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