IMMIGRATION & E-VERIFY ARTICLE INDEX FOR 2019 FROM THE BACKGROUND BUZZ (13)
FEBRUARY I NATIONAL: Statistics released by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have revealed that a surge of worksite enforcement actions have been carried out by the HSI.
MARCH I IOWA: A bill in Iowa could mandate all workers hired in the state to go through additional background checks to ensure their legal-immigration status.
MARCH I NATIONAL: The Social Security Administration is revisiting the controversial practice of sending “no match” letters to businesses across the country.
APRIL I TEXAS: More than 280 arrests took place at CVE Group Inc., a New Jersey-based company that has a national receiving center in North Texas, as part of an ongoing investigation of the HSI.
APRIL I TEXAS: In addition to the arrest of 280 employees who were working illegally in the U.S., CVE Technology Group Inc. also was issued a criminal search warrant related to its alleged knowing hire of unauthorized workers.
JULY I NATIONAL: Penalties assessed after April 5, 2019, would range from $230 to $2,292 for I-9 paperwork violations.
JULY I NATIONAL: It is important for employers to comply with I-9 regulations, but businesses could face the risk of violations and “document abuse” for asking for “more or different” documents than those required by law.
JULY I OREGON: Senate Bill 370 requires employers to notify their employees when they are contracted by a federal agency that intends to audit employer records and employment eligibility documentation.
JULY I NATIONAL: With a surge of between 300 and 750 percent in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) efforts, employers should take the proper steps to be prepare for an ICE raid.
JULY I NATIONAL: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) increased the number of Notices of Inspections (NOI) and businesses who fail to respond could face significant fines.
JULY I NATIONAL: More than 3,000 businesses across the country received Notices of Inspection (NOIs) from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
OCTOBER I PENNSYLVANIA: Pennsylvania passed the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act, which requires all employers in the construction industry to use E-Verify.
NOVEMBER I NATIONAL: The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that, effective January 2, 2020, it will destroy its E-Verify records that were created on or before Dec. 31, 2009.