Showing Posts In "Immigration and E-Verify" Category

FTC Settlement Highlights the Importance of Protecting Sensitive I-9 Data in an Electronic World

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has reached an agreement with Electronic I-9 and E-Verify vendor, Lookout Services, Inc., to resolve charges that the company failed to employ reasonable and appropriate security measures to protect the I-9 data of their customers’ employees following the company’s highly publicized data breach in late 2009. Under the agreement, Lookout […]

North Carolina Joins Growing List of States Mandating Employer Use of Federal E-Verify System

In light of growing dissatisfaction with the federal immigration system, various states have taken matters into their own hands in an attempt to limit employment of unauthorized aliens. North Carolina has joined the fray, and on July 1, 2013, its E-Verify requirement went into effect for all private employers of 25 or more employees. These […]

E-Verify Begins Checking Idaho Driver’s Licenses

Effective July 14, 2013, Idaho is now the 3rd state to join the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) Program, which gives employers the ability to validate an employee’s driver’s license, driver’s permit, or state-issued ID card (if presented during the I-9 process) against Motor Vehicle Agency (MVA) data. RIDE was designed to […]

Georgia Employers Face More Aggressive Immigration Compliance Requirements Effective July 1, 2013

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal recently signed into law Senate Bill 160 (SB 160), a tough expansion of Georgia’s 2011 Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act (HB 87 or the Georgia E-Verify law). The Georgia E-Verify law requires that private employers with 10 or more employees (as of January 1, 2013) start using the federal E-Verify […]

ICE Collects for Tardy I-9s

In July 2010, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sent a notice to Anodizing Industries, a metal-finishing factory in Los Angeles, requiring the company to produce I-9 forms (employment eligibility verifications) for its employees. In response, Anodizing presented 26 I-9 forms. However, 21 of the forms were prepared in August 2010, about two weeks […]

The Impact of OCAHO Decisions on Employers

OCAHO is issuing a record number of decisions (on pace to triple their decisions concerning alleged I-9 form violations from 2012) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is conducting a record number of Notice of Inspections (NOI). Employers should know these enforcement activities will, at some point, impact their own I-9 compliance and recordkeeping. More […]

Small Businesses Say U.S. Background-Check System Has Drawbacks

E-Verify matches job applicants’ Social Security numbers and other identification against a national database kept by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, a federal agency under Homeland Security. Those who return a mismatch are deemed to be unauthorized to work. The government’s effort to mandate E-Verify’s use is part of a broader immigration overhaul by federal […]

Dangerous I-9, E-Verify Mistakes to Avoid

An increasing number of government worksite compliance audits and stricter E‐Verify laws and regulations have made employment eligibility immigration compliance a critical function for HR departments across the U.S. Completing a Form I‐9 Employment Eligibility Verification for each employee enables employers to document that they have met their obligations for verifying the identity and work […]

12 Tips to Prepare for Mandatory E-Verify

With the possibility of E-Verify becoming mandatory for all employers, it’s important that employers take proactive measures now to be compliant with the immigration laws. Consider the following 12 tips for better E-Verify and Form I-9 compliance: Display the “Notice of Participation” and the “Right to Work” Posters; Do not use E-Verify before the employee […]

E-verify is Supposed to Stop Undocumented Employment. It Could Also Harm Legal Workers.

Almost everyone expects mandatory electronic employment verification to be part of any immigration reform law that reaches President Obama’s desk. But critics say the system could create headaches for hundreds of thousands of Americans who do have authorization to work in the United States. Under the current rules, if E-Verify says you’re not authorized to […]

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