Showing Posts In "Immigration and E-Verify" Category





Staffing Company Escapes Potential $1.4 Million Form I-9 Penalty

Employers of all sizes may hire hundreds or thousands of employees every year, each of whom must properly complete a Form I-9 on time, as required by law. Organizations want to avoid the potentially crippling fines and penalties if a violation is discovered by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) auditors. Although complex to […]


E-Verify and Disposal of Historic Records

Organizations that have been using E-Verify for more than 10 years or E-Verify Employer Agents whose cases date back to more than 10 years should be aware of the Historic Records Fact Report and Fact Sheet. Of highest importance is information regarding the disposal of historic records. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) must annually […]


It’s Here! The New Form I-9

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has issued the revised Employment Verification form (Form I-9). All employers must complete a new Form I-9 for each new hire within three business days of hire. The new form must be exclusively used by Jan. 22, 2017. Employers may use the current version of the form, dated 03/08/2013, or […]


E-Verify Lands Potato Company in Hot Water

Employers have a responsibility to ensure that the Form I-9 is completed properly and on time in order to be sure they are hiring a legal workforce and avoiding discrimination against any work-authorized individual based on citizenship, immigration status, or national origin. The Justice Department recently filed a lawsuit against two Washington-based potato companies for […]


New Proposed Rule Reflects Increase In I-9 Anti-Discrimination Enforcement

On August 15, 2016, the Department of Justice published a proposed rule which promises to make several important changes to the agency’s investigation and prosecution of I-9 related discriminatory activities. As many HR managers are now acutely aware, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been aggressively pursuing employers for “unfair immigration-related employment practices” which often occur in […]


The Expired Form I-9: What Employers Need to Know about the Proposed Smarter Form

The new “Smart” Form version of the Form I-9, which must be completed by all new hires within their first three days of work, has been updated to eliminate costly fines for errors submitted on the form. Key highlights include an evaluation of the number of digits entered for social security numbers; the use of […]


Ignoring Changes to the New ‘Smart’ Form I-9 Will Be Costly

A revised Form I-9, recently approved by the Office of Management and Budget after a significant increase in fines for errors, must be in use by all employers no later than January 22, 2017. The more user-friendly form, available on the USCIS website, includes drop-down options and a QR Code to help streamline the government […]


When Banning One Kind of Discrimination Results in Another

Although 24 states and the District of Columbia have enacted some version of “Ban the Box” laws, some believe its policies are potentially hurting those it is trying to protect. According to recent research conducted by the National Bureau of Economic Research, the laws cause employers to discriminate more broadly against demographic groups that are […]


Outdoing Arizona and Alabama: Georgia’s Quest for Immigration Compliance SB 160

The Georgia State Legislature passed SB 160 this last session and just signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal, which greatly expands Georgia’s previous immigration compliance law HB 87. SB 160 potentially imposes greater hardships to many state sub-contractors, increases the scope of influence of the Immigration Enforcement Review Board (IERB), while likely violating federal […]


New Immigration Rules Turn Up The Pressure On Employers

New legislation has gone into effect which will increase penalties for employers who take on illegal migrant workers. The Immigration Act 2016 makes it easier to hold bosses accountable for taking on  illegal migrant workers, giving courts the power to impose a fine of up to £20,000 and a prison sentence of up to five years […]




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