New Form I-9 Rule Takes Effect May 16

April 25, 2011 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

A new final rule on verifying employment eligibility through the Form I-9 process has been adopted and is to take effect May 16.

Identical to an interim rule that has been in effect since April 3, 2009, the new rule makes changes regarding documents used to verify eligibility for employment in the United States. As with the interim rule, the final rule prohibits employers from accepting expired documents and revises the list of acceptable documents to remove outdated documents and make technical amendments. Also, documents applicable to certain citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of the Marshall Islands have been added.

The list of acceptable documents employees may present to employers is still divided into three sections: List A documents showing identity as well as employment authorization, List B documents showing identity only, and List C documents showing employment authorization only.

read more…

Categories: Immigration

Tags: ,

Social Security Administration No-Match Letters Back On Again

April 25, 2011 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

The Social Security Administration (SSA) resumed sending “no-match” letters to employers this month, three years after discontinuing the practice in response to litigation.

The SSA posted a notice on its Program Operations Manual System website saying letters are to go to employers for data received for tax year 2010. The SSA won’t send letters it held for tax years 2007 and 2006 because of litigation surrounding a proposed Department of Homeland Security (DHS) regulation, “Safe Harbor Procedures for Employers Who Receive a No-Match Letter,” which was later rescinded.

Employers are required to report wages annually for each employee on Form W-2 (Wage and Tax Statement). During the annual wage reporting process, a wage report may fail validation because it doesn’t have a social security number (SSN) or name or the SSN or name submitted doesn’t match SSA records.

read more…

Arizona: Employment Legislation Pushed Aside

November 04, 2010 - by: HR Hero Alerts 0 COMMENTS

by Dinita L. James, Ford & Harrison LLP

Arizona voters surfed the national Republican wave, flip-flopping the party affiliation of its U.S. House delegation, putting every statewide office in Republican hands, and likely giving the GOP a supermajority in the Arizona Legislature when final vote tallies are in.

read more…

Solis, Trumka Push for Comprehensive Immigration Reform

July 19, 2010 - by: Holly Jones 4 COMMENTS

Today the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) hosted a live webcast interview with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. During the webcast, both parties made the case for the necessity of comprehensive immigration reform, decrying individual state movements such as the controversial immigration law in Arizona as a means for racial profiling and shifting blame for economic failures onto undocumented workers.

Trumka outlined the AFL-CIO’s proposed five-point approach, which he noted is the first position to receive unanimous support from every member union of the AFL-CIO. The five points are (1) a mechanism to let current undocumented workers gain legal status, (2) an independent commission to monitor labor shortages, preventing immigration from being a way to drive down wages for the rest of the American people, (3) reasonable border enforcement, (4) strict employer compliance, which includes issuance of some form of tamperproof identification, and (5) putting an eventual end to guest-worker programs.

read more…

E-Verify Redesign Coming Soon

June 08, 2010 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

Big changes are coming to E-Verify that will enhance its usability, security, accuracy, and efficiency. The newly redesigned E-Verify features a clean and modern design, easy and intuitive navigation, and clear and simple language. Additionally, a new home page, improved case management, and a streamlined tutorial are among the dozens of improvements coming to the online system.

E-Verify is a free online program that electronically verifies the employment eligibility of newly hired employees. It is jointly operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) and is overseen by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

read more…

Immigration Bill Pushes High-Tech Plan for Employment Verification

April 30, 2010 - by: HR Hero 3 COMMENTS

Immigration reform legislation continues to heat up on both the state and federal fronts. In the midst of protests surrounding a new Arizona law that critics see as a license for racial profiling, a group of Democratic senators unveiled a new federal bill on April 29 that would require employers to use biometric social security cards to verify the status of new hires and hike monetary penalties for illegal hires by 300 percent.

Biometric Card

read more…

Categories: DHS / Federal Laws / ICE / Immigration / SSA

Controversial Immigration Reform Bill in the Works

April 08, 2010 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

by Hector A. Chichoni

Senate Immigration Subcommittee Chair Charles Schumer (D-New York) and Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) are working together on a comprehensive immigration reform bill that they plan to introduce this year. In a recent Washington Post article, the senators laid out their plan’s “four pillars”:

  • requiring biometric Social Security cards to ensure that illegal workers cannot get jobs;
  • strengthening border security and interior enforcement;
  • creating a process for admitting temporary workers; and
  • implementing a “tough but fair path” to legalization for workers already in the United States.

read more…

ICE to Inspect 180 Employers in South

March 03, 2010 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

By Hector Chichoni

On Tuesday, March 2, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that it had sent 180 notices of inspections (NOIs) to employers in Tennessee, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi.

At least 30 NOIs have been sent to employers in Tennessee and another 30 or so to employers located in southern and central Alabama. ICE has not yet disclosed the targeted employers’ names.

read more…

Labor Department Changing Farm Worker Rules

February 12, 2010 - by: HR Hero 0 COMMENTS

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has published new rules for the H-2A Guest Worker Program that have sparked protest from agricultural employers.

The new rules, to go into effect March 15, were published in the February 12 edition of the Federal Register. The final rules govern the labor certification process and enforcement mechanisms for the H-2A temporary agricultural worker program. The DOL said the rules are aimed at strengthening worker protections for both U.S. and foreign workers, but employers say the change means higher costs and a process so time-consuming they may not be able to hire enough labor to harvest their crops.

read more…

Appeals Court Rejects Key Provisions of Oklahoma Immigration Law

February 03, 2010 - by: HR Hero 1 COMMENTS

By Charles S. Plumb

Yesterday’s ruling by a federal court of appeals stops enforcement of key portions of Oklahoma’s sometimes controversial immigration law known as House Bill 1804. First, a brief history.

House Bill 1804 went into effect on November 1, 2007, and its business-related immigration provisions were immediately challenged in court. On June 4, 2008, an Oklahoma City federal court ruled the following aspects of the law couldn’t be enforced: read more…

 Page 4 of 5 « 1  2  3  4  5 »