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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Legal vs Illegal Workers: E-Verify or Not?

In the State of Georgia, where I live, there is a move underway by members of the State Legislature to enact a law requiring all employers (except the very small under 5 employees) to use the federal E-Verify system. That requirement in already in place for employers who are working on tax payer funded projects. …

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No Wonder this Job is So Hard: Contradictory Messages From the Government

Being in Human Resources today is no “bed of roses.” (For my non-English speaking readers, this idiom means “a comfortable situation”. Though I have often wondered since roses also have thorns.) Anyway, I digress. The fact is that being in HR is tough, especially for the compliance side of the house. Part of this difficulty …

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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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Social Security Number "No-Match" , I-9 and Homeland Security: Someone Explain This One

The Department of Justice filed an appeal, on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, on the injunction issued by a San Francisco federal judge on the implementation of the “No-Match” Rule. Michael Chertoff, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security issued a statement on December 5th regarding the No-Match Rule stating that ” I …

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Department of Homeland Security Mad at Illinois

Back in May on my blog called “Catching Up” I wrote an item about the employment verification system the Federal government was going to require all employers to use when they hired someone. It is currently required of government contractors. Well, apparently in response to this, (the announcement, not my blog) the State of Illinois …

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