Immigration Compliance: Being Prepared

Arizona’s immigration law has been approved by the U.S. Supreme Court. As a result Georgia’s law, very much like Arizona’s, will likely survive the court challenges. So you need to be prepared for immigration compliance. The national law firm of Seyfarth Shaw published a paper entitled How Will the Supreme Court’s Approval of Arizona’s E-Verify …

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"No Match" Letters from Social Security Re-Issued

“No Match” letters from the Social Security Administration are being issued again according to a news alert sent out by Fisher & Phillips, LLP. I reviewed the  Social Security Administration website for information on “No Match” letters to see if I could find an update, but nothing has been posted yet. They still say that …

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I-9 Audits: 6 Things You Need To Know

Just like the Department of Labor, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has stepped up its enforcement efforts. According to attorney Sarah Hawk, of Fisher & Phillips, LLP,  the last two years have seen big increases in the number of I-9 audits that ICE is conducted. The fines have been increased, the forms have been changed, and the …

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The I-9: Just a Simple Little Form – Yeah Right!

Back on July 12th I wrote a post called. Feds Getting Heavy on I-9 Enforcement: So Dot Those I’s and Cross Those T’s where I talked about some of the very nasty results of not properly filing, recording, and storing I-9s. By this time in our working lives there should be no one who has …

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Feds Getting Heavy on I-9 Enforcement: So Dot Those I's and Cross Those T's

I have written several times on the new emphasis that the Feds, specifically the USDOL, the EEOC, the OFCCP, and ICE of Homeland Security, are putting on clamping down on employers. Well I picked up my copy of HRMagazine today and read the column “Federal Enforcers Wield Big Sticks”. Writer Beth Mirza provides more ammunition …

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E-Verify: Imperfect But Improving

According to an independent evaluation done in 2008, and reported in the April 2010 issue of HR Magazine, E-Verify, the background checking system of the Department of Homeland Security, “…is much more effective than the Form I-9 verfications process used by employers not using E-Verify.” This is actually good news. First reports of the system reported …

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Government to Check I-9s in a Nationwide Audit

According to an article on SHRM’s website (sorry you have to be a member to read this one) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued notices to 652 businesses that they will be audited. In all of 2008 they only issued 503. So obviously they are stepping up activity. The agency is trying to build …

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