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Immigration

When labor, immigration laws clash, NLRB decides

07/17/2009

The Department of Homeland Security has authorized more raids on workplaces it suspects include undocumented workers—and employers, not the workers, are being charged with breaking the law. At the same time, the NLRB is pushing employers to settle unfair labor practice cases and ordering them to rehire employees terminated for exercising National Labor Relations Act rights. But what happens when those fired workers are actually ineligible to work?

Does newly married worker need new W-4, I-9?

07/17/2009

Q. When an employee gets married, do we need a new W-4 to show her new name? What about a new I-9?

Get your I-9s in order: ICE launches new audit campaign

07/14/2009

The Obama administration is stepping up efforts to audit employers it believes are violating federal employment eligibility verification laws. At the same time, it’s ending "no-match" letters and requiring federal government contractors to use the E-Verify electronic verification system. Find out the latest on the ever-shifting issue of immigration and employment.

Houston business owner sentenced for harboring illegals

07/08/2009

The owner and two managers of a Houston-based used clothing exporting business were recently sentenced to prison for conspiring to harbor illegal immigrants. During a raid at Action Rags USA Inc. last year, ICE agents arrested 166 undocumented workers from Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

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.