IMMIGRATION

Electronic I-9s: Can you pre-populate employee data?

03/21/2014
Employers that use electronic systems to complete I-9 verification forms for new hires sometimes streamline the system by pre-populating employee information on Sec­­tion I of the I-9 with information pulled from the company’s HR software. Is that permissible?

IRCA: Hiring Immigrants

02/22/2014

HR Law 101: Two laws govern U.S. immigration policy: the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 and the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, which was amended in 1990. For each new employee hired, U.S. employers must complete a Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. The I-9 establishes the employee’s identity and legal work status.

Acceptable Documents for I-9

02/20/2014

HR Law 101: Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act, new employees must provide to employers proof of identity and employment eligibility with documents listed on the I-9 Form ....

ICE is back in business: Are your I-9s ready?

10/31/2013
Now that the federal government shutdown has ended, ICE inspectors are back on the job—and they’re looking for employers that don’t properly document their employees’ eligibility to work in the United States.

E-Verify back online following federal government shutdown

10/30/2013
The E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system is back online after service was suspended during the federal government shutdown. However, the timing of the shutdown may have caused delays for some employers that submitted E-Verify data in late September.

What rules must we follow if we must lay off work-visa employees?

10/02/2013
Q. Do we have any duties or obligations if we discharge employees who are in the United States on work visas?

Don't expect to get away with paying undocumented workers less than law requires

09/16/2013
In a case that shows courts are losing patience with employers that hire undocumented ­workers and then flout wage-and-hour laws, a federal court has zapped an em­­ployer almost $285,000 in unpaid wages and penalties, and another $150,000 to pay the former em­­ployees’ legal fees.

What's the right way to complete Form I-9?

08/27/2013
Question: How can the company fulfill the I-9 requirement to physically review new hires’ documents when employees work remotely? Can we have a notary review the documents, notarize a copy of them and send that copy to our main office?

Employee verification: Your line-by-line guide to I-9 changes

05/06/2013
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services recently released the long-awaited revisions to Form I-9, which employers had to begin using by May 7, 2013.

How do we fix I-9 mistakes of previous employer?

05/06/2013
Q. How do I make corrections to a Form I-9, especially when too many documents are indicated on the form? A previous employer completed the forms. Also, is there guidance on how to do I-9 self-audits? 

Feds issue new I-9 form; start using it by May 7

03/29/2013
After more than a year of discussion, that old stalwart of HR paperwork—the I-9 form—finally got its much-anticipated face-lift. On March 8, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new version of the Employment Eligibility Verification form.

Feds publish revised I-9 form; employers must start using it by May 7

03/08/2013

That old stalwart of HR paperwork—the I-9 Form—got its much-anticipated facelift. On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new version of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form. The USCIS is giving employers 60 days to put the form in action, until May 7, 2013.

Arizona immigration law struck down: What it means

08/06/2012
The U.S. Supreme Court overturned many of the provisions in a controversial 2010 Arizona immigration law. The impact, according to the Foley Lardner law firm, could be a chilling effect on state immigration laws.

What's the timetable for reverifying I-9s?

07/13/2012
Q. When should we reverify employees’ work eligibility on the Form I-9 they signed when they were hired?

HR law: All eyes on the Supreme Court

06/26/2012
The center of the HR universe is in Washington, D.C., this week, as the U.S. Supreme Court issues a key decision affecting hiring of undocumented workers and announces it will hear an important case concerning supervisor harassment in its next term. Oh yeah, and then there's that health care reform case, which should be decided Thursday.
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