Wage Exemption for More Income Assistance Clients

first_imgWith changes to wage exemption rules, clients receiving income assistance who are self-employed or who receive tips, gratuities and commissions, will now have more money in their pockets. As of May 1st, people are able to keep more of this income before seeing a reduction in their income assistance payments. “For some people with disabilities, self-employment is the best option for earning income and maintaining independence,” said Brian Aird, Teamwork Cooperative, Self-Employment Services. “This change means that self-employed individuals can keep more money to invest in making their businesses successful.” Wage exemptions were first introduced in the fall of 2018 to allow Employment Support and Income Assistance clients to keep more of their income assistance while working. “I know my strengths and weaknesses and how my disabilities impact them, and self-employment allows me to manage them successfully,” said Sue Chessell, In-Thread-Able Designs. “Traditional employment hasn’t been able to meet my needs, but self-employment allows me to be a contributing member of society and improve my standard of living. This change will help me grow my business.” For information on other measures to support income assistance clients, visit https://novascotia.ca/coms/employment/index.html .last_img read more

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Plan to rescind H4 visas yet to get final shape as rule

first_imgWashington: The Trump administration’s decision to rescind work authorisation for H-4 visa holders is yet to get a final shape as the rule making process is not complete, an official said. H-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B visa holders, a significantly large number of whom are high-skilled professionals from India. The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) “continues reviewing” all employment-based visa programmes, including the H-4 EADs or employment authorisation card, an official told PTI. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London No decision about the Obama administration regulation granting work authorisation to certain H-4 spouses is final until the rule making process is completed, the official said. Recently, the Department of Homeland Security in its annual spring agenda had reiterated the proposal to remove from its regulations certain H-4 spouses of H-1B nonimmigrants as a class of aliens eligible for employment authorisation. Under the Obama administration, certain H-4 workers were allowed to get employment authorisation. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador Soon after coming to power, the Trump administration informed a US court that it plans to rescind such a rule. However, such a proposed rule is yet to be formally notified and the Trump administration has delayed the notification a number of times in the past two years. The USCIS is committed to upholding our nation’s immigration laws, helping ensure they are faithfully carried out, and safeguarding the integrity of our immigration system designed to protect the wages and working conditions of US workers, USCIS spokeswoman Jessica Collins said. “The administration has been relentlessly pursuing merit-based policy and regulatory immigration reforms, including a thorough review of employment-based visa programmes so they benefit the American people to the greatest extent possible in fulfilment of the the president’s (Donald Trump) ‘Buy American, Hire American Executive Order’, she said. The USCIS will continue adjudicating all petitions, applications and requests fairly, efficiently, and effectively on a case-by-case basis to determine if they meet all standards required under applicable law, policies, and regulations, Collins told PTIlast_img read more

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