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Immigration

Big changes planned for Form I-9 this fall

04/21/2022
As employers are painfully aware, the Form I-9 is full of hidden traps. And the penalties for mistakes can be harsh. So just as you’ve finally figured out the current I-9 version, the Department of Homeland Security has proposed significant changes to the form before the current version expires on Oct. 31.

Last Friday wrap in March: No more expired List B docs for I-9 purposes, telehealth returns and more

03/25/2022
In which we cover college coaches’ compensation, I-9 forms, telehealth coverage, IRS training and payroll trouble for the foreign service.

I-9 document bias: Lessons from the Gap case

01/20/2022
When completing I-9 forms, HR professionals often focus too much on being “form enforcers” without realizing they could face discrimination charges for demanding that new hires produce certain documents.

DHS unveils new workplace immigration strategy: What does it mean for I-9s and E-Verify?

10/28/2021
In October, the Department of Homeland Security released an internal memo that outlines a new shift in worksite enforcement strategy from the various governmental agencies that oversee I-9 and E-Verify compliance.

Fewer ICE raids means more employer scrutiny

10/21/2021
The Biden administration recently announced that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement would end its longstanding practice of raiding workplaces to sweep up and deport undocumented workers. On its face, that sounds like a major change in immigration policy that might take the heat off employers. It won’t.

DHS halting raids to detain undocumented workers

10/14/2021
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents will focus on identifying and removing undocumented immigrants who pose “a threat to our national security, public safety and border security.” They will also shift their focus to employers.

Remote inspection of I-9 docs extended through Dec. 31

09/02/2021
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has extended covid-related rules that let employers remotely examine new employees’ work eligibility documents instead of physically reviewing them.

DACA overturned, current permit holders can remain

07/29/2021
A federal court has ruled that the federal government’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program was established illegally. If you employ people who hold DACA work permits, the ruling could affect your staff members.

Prepare for the end of virtual I-9 verification

06/17/2021
If your organization has been taking advantage of the relaxed COVID-era rule to verify new hires’ I-9 documents via electronic means, start planning now to perform an in-person review of all those documents.

First Friday in April: A little of this, a little of that and a serving of humble pie

04/02/2021
Let’s look at what’s payroll-related in President Biden’s infrastructure plan, among other issues (but first, the all-important designated hitter debate continues).