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Undocumented workers can sue for retaliation under FLSA

Macan Singh was recruited to work in the United States with a promise of a place to live, free tuition and eventual partnership in a business. When none of this materialized …

Completing the I-9: Top 10 do’s and don’ts

It’s more important than ever to make sure your employees are who they say they are and they’re legally eligible to work in this country. Why? The ongoing battle against …

I-9 form: Feds give mixed message about which IDs you can accept

When filing Employment Eligibility Verification forms (I-9s) for new hires, you may be unknowingly accepting documents that no longer are allowed. Reason: The I-9 version that em-ployers are given and …

Employers win one: OSHA makes ergonomics rule voluntary

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) last month unveiled its long-awaited plan to reduce workplace ergonomic injuries. Biggest change from the Clinton-era plan: Gone are strict mandates on employers. Instead, …

Supreme Court: Illegal workers aren’t due back pay

Immigrants who work in the United States illegally can’t claim the same rights to restitution as U.S. citizens when they are mistreated on the job, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last …

Unfair hiring practices can be fodder for RICO claims

Commercial Cleaning, a janitorial service, filed suit against a competitor for violating the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO). The company claimed its competitor hired illegal aliens, helping it …

Accept Worker’s Choice of I-9 Documents


Q. Is it true that under a recently passed law, our company no longer can request copies of picture I.D. and Social Security cards? —A.G., Texas

Treat SSA ‘No Match’ Letters Separately From I-9 Issues


It’s not unusual for employers to receive "no match" letters from the Social Security Administration (SSA) stating there is a discrepancy …

Ask about right to work, not immigration status


Q. Is it OK to ask an applicant about her immigration status before making an offer of employment? —A.R., New York

High court to tackle immigrant rights, standards for cases

Nearly half the cases accepted for review so far in the U.S. Supreme Court’s new term are business related, the highest amount in at least nine years, according to the National …