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Immigration

Once again, feds delay E-Verify for govt. contractors

06/26/2009

For the fourth time in a year, the federal government has pushed back the effective date of a rule that would require certain federal contractors and subcontractors to use the government’s online E-Verify system.

With DHS cracking down, follow these I-9 best practices

06/11/2009

There’s a new I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification form for employers to complete when hiring employees and reverifying the employment eligibility of certain employees with temporary work authorization. Make sure you have a properly completed Form I-9 for every employee to avoid legal penalties for hiring unauthorized workers.

Feds delay start date for E-Verify, ‘red flag’ rules

06/01/2009

The federal government has announced a delay in the implementation date for two regulations that affect employers: E-Verify and the "red flag" rules.

Feds shift target of immigration enforcement to employers

05/27/2009

The Department of Homeland Security announced last month it is shifting its immigration enforcement efforts to target employers that hire undocumented workers, rather than targeting the workers. The new emphasis should put employers on notice to pay close attention to their employment eligibility verification processes. Failing to comply can carry a high price.

Feds delay start date for E-Verify, ‘red flag’ rules

05/27/2009

The federal government has announced a delay in the implementation date for two regulations that affect employers: using the online E-Verify system to check the work eligibility status for new hires and having a written plan to detect and mitigate identity theft of consumers’ data.

Immigration crackdown targets employers—not illegal workers

05/27/2009

Fulfilling a pledge President Obama made during the 2008 campaign, the Department of Homeland Security has announced its immigration enforcement activities will target employers that hire undocumented workers instead of focusing on arresting and deporting the workers.

Can we terminate an H-1B immigrant?

05/13/2009

Q. We are sponsoring an immigrant worker on an H-1B visa. Because of performance issues, we would like to terminate his employment. Can we do this?

E-Verify again an eligibility verification option for Illinois employers

05/11/2009

The federal E-Verify program allows employers to voluntarily enroll in the federal government’s Internet-based system for verifying the employment authorization documents submitted by new hires. Consult your attorney before enrolling in E-Verify to determine whether it makes sense to do so.

Brownsville twins guilty in visa fraud scheme

05/06/2009

A federal jury has convicted twin brothers from Brownsville of conspiring to obtain fraudulent work visas in exchange for payment. The jurors handed down guilty verdicts against Alberto and Bernardo Pena for obtaining visas for immigrants from India in exchange for at least $20,000 per visa.

Can you provide a summary of the new Form I-9?

05/06/2009

Q. I recently heard that employers must now use a new I-9 form for new employees. Is this true?