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Start using the new I-9 form by Dec. 26


Final approval of a new I-9—plus the government’s recent decision to back off on new rules for handling no-match letters—brings to a close a busy fall season in which employers’ role in immigration enforcement has been in the spotlight. What does it all mean for HR?

I-9 do’s and don’ts


Replace your I-9: Feds unveil revised form


That old stalwart of HR paperwork—the I-9—finally got its much-anticipated face lift. On Nov. 7, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services issued a new version of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9). Start using it now!

Hire an illegal immigrant, you can pay for his injuries, too


Jose Gomez was working on the demolition crew at a building in Flushing, jackhammering a concrete slab, when the work site collapsed. The resulting fall left Gomez a paraplegic. He filed suit for lost wages. That’s when his employers officially noted Gomez was in the country illegally and was not entitled to such benefits …

ACLU forces abusive Manhattan retailer to pay up


It took nearly a year, but the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has finally forced Manhattan retailer Albert Palacci to pay for blatantly exploiting three immigrant women …

Illegal immigrants arrested in Fairfield poultry plant raid


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers raided a Koch Foods poultry plant in Fairfield and Koch’s headquarters in Chicago and arrested roughly 160 employees. Monte Lobb, an official at the Fairfield plant, said the company fired many employees after finding out they were illegal …

Illinois bucks feds on electronic employee verification


The Illinois legislature sent a shot across the bow of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in August. It passed a law that forbids state employers from using the feds’ electronic E-Verify system to confirm employees’ eligibility to work unless the government can prove the system provides accurate and timely employee information 99% of the time …

Correcting I-9 mistakes four years after the fact


Q. We recently discovered a stack of I-9s dating back to 2002. The forms were signed by the employees and include copies of the employees’ driver’s licenses and Social Security cards. Unfortunately, a company official never signed the I-9s. Can we sign the forms and backdate them to 2002? If not, what should we do? …

Require special credentials for foreign hires? Tell applicants


Applicants from other countries or who were educated abroad pose special problems for HR professionals. For example, can you be sure their education and training are as good as that of U.S.-educated applicants? One way to find out is to require a credentialing company to certify the applicant’s educational equivalence. But if you go that route, make sure you inform applicants about the requirement …

Boone tree farmer tells Congress about H-2A visa problems


Boone Christmas tree farmer Harry Yates testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture in an October hearing to review the labor needs of farmers. Yates offered his insights into the federal H-2A worker visa program …