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New E-Verify Laws Effective January 1, 2013, In Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, & Tennessee

Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee will require many private employers to register for and begin using E-Verify. In Georgia, companies employing more than 10 people must register for E-Verify by July 1, 2012. In North Carolina, companies employing 100 or more personnel must be registered for and using the E-Verify system on January 1, 2013. […]

I-9 and E-Verify Software Due Diligence After Rose Acre Farms

In the world of electronic I-9 and E-Verify software, the need to conduct due diligence on the software’s legal compliance and the vendor’s expertise is critical (if not more), not only because of the threat of scrutiny from government agencies, but also from resulting negative publicity, civil fines, payments of back-wages, legal fees and other […]

Justice Department Sues Teaching Hospital for Pattern or Practice of I-9 Document Abuse

Today, the Department of Justice reminded us again that sometimes employers can go too far in their I-9 obligations, crossing that difficult (and often blurry) line between diligent review and discriminatory practices. The DOJ’s latest reminder came courtesy of a press release, announcing the filing of a lawsuit by the DOJ’s Office of Special Counsel […]

Complying With I-9 Rules After a Natural (or Man-Made) Disaster

The issue of I-9 compliance following a major disaster is not something employers typically contemplate, much less prepare for. The USCIS’ “I-9 Central” website states that employers whose Forms I-9 are missing and/or destroyed as a result of a natural disaster should complete new Forms I-9 to the extent reasonably possible for those employees and […]

Learned Lessons: DOJ sues Tuscany Hotel and Casino LLC

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on May 29, 2012 it was suing Tuscany Hotel and Casino, LLC (“Tuscany”), located in Las Vegas, Nevada. Based on the complaint (dated May 11, 2012), the DOJ’s Office of Special Counsel has been investigating this organization for months. While we don’t report on every single DOJ lawsuit […]

The Government Gets Back in the Ring…Employers Around the Country Report a New Round of ICE Audits

ICE appears to be conducting a new round of audits and an estimated 500 employers nationwide will be receiving Notices of Inspection (NOIs). NOIs will include requests for hiring, payroll and other records to determine compliance with employment eligibility verification laws. Employers will be expected to produce original I-9s within three days from service of […]

Mandatory E-Verify Central to Immigration Reform

Employer representatives have testified before a congressional panel that they support the expansion of the federal government’s E-Verify electronic employment verification system, which experts agree will be a central piece of comprehensive immigration reform.Emily Tulli, a policy attorney at the National Immigration Law Center, testified that lawmakers should proceed with caution on mandating an electronic […]

$46,575 Civil Penalty – The High Cost of Form I-9 Document Abuse

The Justice Department has released another press release detailing its recent settlement with Advantage Home Care, LLC, a home health care provider based in New Jersey. According to the release, during its employment eligibility verification (Form I-9) process, Advantage Home Care allegedly required its new hires who were lawful permanent residents to present more or […]

Fresh Raids Target Illegal Hiring

The Department of Homeland Security has ordered hundreds of companies to submit their hiring records in an effort to crack down on the hiring of illegal immigrants. The first “silent raids” of the year haven’t been publicly announced by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the DHS agency that conducts these raids, but an ICE spokesperson […]

Justice Department Reaches Settlement With Centerplate Inc. to Resolve Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices

The Justice Department announced that it reached an agreement with Centerplate Inc., resolving allegations that the company violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Centerplate, based in Spartanburg, S.C., is one of the largest hospitality companies in the world. With over 10,000 employees nationwide, Centerplate provides food service to over 250 […]

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