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Recent Policy Change to Permit Entry of Cohabiting Partners?

Consider the dilemma of the newly drafted NHL hockey player from Canada. After signing his Standard Player Contract, obtaining his P visa, and loading up his gear and heading to the border with his long time girlfriend alongside to begin training camp, both are stopped at the border. The immigration officer inquires of the girlfriend … Continue reading Recent Policy Change to Permit Entry of Cohabiting Partners?
September 29, 2011

Record Penalty Assessed on I-9 Process Violation

The Department of Justice has announced a record anti-discrimination settlement agreement with Farmland Foods, Inc. involving allegations that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination during the I-9 process. According to the DOJ, Farmland, a major U.S. producer of pork products, allegedly required newly hired non-U.S. citizens and some foreign-born U.S. citizens … Continue reading Record Penalty Assessed on I-9 Process Violation
August 26, 2011

Summer 2011 Worksite Enforcement Update – ICE Brings Heat and Fines to New England

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) has announced that, as at July 21, 2011, it has fined 14 employers in New England this year for hiring illegal aliens in violation of law. The companies were the subject of an investigation and audit of their Form I-9 documents, which is part of ICE’s ongoing … Continue reading Summer 2011 Worksite Enforcement Update – ICE Brings Heat and Fines to New England
July 26, 2011

A Federal E-Verify Mandate Soon?

As more and more states pass legislation mandating use of E-Verify, a federal E-Verify mandate seems inevitable. Recently, Representative Lamar Smith introduced the first attempt at such a federal mandate, the Legal Workforce Act. The Legal Workforce Act would preempt existing state E-Verify laws and repeal the current paper Form I-9 system, replacing it with … Continue reading A Federal E-Verify Mandate Soon?
July 19, 2011

Key Questions For Employers Using Electronic I-9 Vendors

With employers’ increased use of electronic Forms I-9 and more states mandating use of E-Verify, a number of electronic I-9 and E-Verify vendors are offering services to help employers with these demands. However, difficulty can arise for employers if the ownership of data and the terms of that ownership are not clear, as illustrated by … Continue reading Key Questions For Employers Using Electronic I-9 Vendors
July 18, 2011

ICE to Issue 1,000 Audit Notices to Employers, Focus on Infrastructure Safety

The Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office has announced it will notify 1,000 employers across the country the agency will audit their hiring records to determine compliance with employment eligibility verification laws. These Notices of Inspection (NOIs) often request not only I-9 documentation, but payroll records, copies of immigration filings, copies … Continue reading ICE to Issue 1,000 Audit Notices to Employers, Focus on Infrastructure Safety
June 15, 2011

Georgia Governor Signs Sweeping Anti-Immigration Bill

Fulfilling a campaign promise, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has sign into law a sweeping immigration bill that will affect companies in Georgia that employ more than 10 full-time employees. The law, HB87, requires companies to register with the federal E-Verify program and check the legal status of new hires. It also creates the offense of … Continue reading Georgia Governor Signs Sweeping Anti-Immigration Bill
May 17, 2011

President Obama Addresses Immigration Reform

In President Obama’s May 10th speech at Chamizal National Memorial, at the U.S.-Mexico border in El Paso, on the need for immigration reform in the United States, he included an outline of his proposal for comprehensive immigration reform and a plea for people to voice their support. His proposal addressed three key employment-related areas. First, … Continue reading President Obama Addresses Immigration Reform
May 13, 2011

Arizona’s Controversial Immigration Law Takes Hit from 9th Circuit

Guest Blog by Scott Blaney The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has dealt a blow to Arizona’s controversial Support Our Law Enforcement and Safe Neighborhoods Act (S.B. 1070) on April 11, affirming a lower court’s decision to block key portions of the immigration law from taking effect. The Act requires law enforcement officials to attempt … Continue reading Arizona’s Controversial Immigration Law Takes Hit from 9th Circuit
April 27, 2011

SSA “No Match” Letters to Employers Make a Comeback

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has resumed notifying employers of social security number mismatches of employees. The No-Match or “Request for Employer Information” letter states that the information reported on an individual’s W-2 or W-2c form do not match the Agency’s records. On receiving a No-Match letter, the SSA requests the employer do the following: • … Continue reading SSA “No Match” Letters to Employers Make a Comeback
April 21, 2011

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