New Tennessee law requires most employers to use E-Verify

December 08, 2016 0 COMMENTS

by Todd Photopulos

A new Tennessee law taking effect January 1 requires employers in the state with at least 50 employees to use the federal E-Verify employment verification process.

The new requirement is a result of an amendment to the Tennessee Lawful Employment Act (TLEA). Under the old law, private-sector employers had a choice: either use E-Verify for all newly hired employees or request and maintain copies of identity and work authorization documents from all newly hired employees before letting them work.

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New rule extends employment term for international STEM students

May 09, 2016 0 COMMENTS

by Elaine Young

The rules affecting how long international students in certain fields can work in the United States without changing their visa status will change on May 10.

Currently, when international students in F-1 visa status graduate with a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctorate from a U.S. school, they can work for one year, in a period called Optional Practical Training (OPT), in a job related to their major field of study. That training period is being extended for international students with science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) degrees from U.S. schools.

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Georgia employers face July 1 E-Verify mandate

July 01, 2013 1 COMMENTS

by Geetha Adinata

Yet another domino has fallen in the changing landscape of Georgia immigration law. Beginning today, all Georgia employers with more than 10 employees (as of January 1, 2013) must use the federal E-Verify system to ensure employees are authorized to work in the United States. E-Verify checks employees’ work authorization through Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA) databases.

An E-Verify requirement was included in Georgia’s 2011 Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act, also known as HB 87. But another bill, SB 160, was signed into law this spring by Governor Nathan Deal and expanded the 2011 law. So as of today, all private employers with more than 10 employees and any public contractor that wishes to bid on state contracts must use E-Verify.

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Senate immigration vote means employers need to stay tuned

June 28, 2013 0 COMMENTS

The Senate’s passage of an immigration reform bill gives employers much to think about, but it’s hardly the last word on the issue. The House has been considering immigration measures of its own and is expected to tackle reform in a completely different way after the July 4 holiday.

The Senate passed a comprehensive reform bill on June 27 that calls for significant changes on the employment front as well as increased border security and a 13-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants. The Senate passed the measure, S. 744, by a vote of 68-32. Fourteen Republicans joined all 52 Democrats and two Independents in voting for the bill.

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January 1 marks major deadline for North Carolina E-Verify law

December 17, 2012 1 COMMENTS

by Richard L. Rainey

North Carolina’s law requiring employers and local governments to use the federal E-Verify system when hiring new employees is taking effect in phases. January 1 is the next effective date.

The requirement to use E-Verify begins January 1 for employers with at least 100 but fewer than 500 employees in North Carolina. For employers with at least 25 but fewer than 100 employees in North Carolina, the requirement will start on July 1. Employers with 500 or more North Carolina employees had to begin using the system on October 1, 2012.

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New E-Verify Requirements Going into Effect in North Carolina

September 19, 2011 0 COMMENTS

By Richard L. Rainey

A new North Carolina state law soon will require use of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) E-Verify system to check if workers are legally entitled to work in the United States.

Under the new law, signed by Governor Bev Perdue on June 23, all employers in North Carolina that employ 25 or more workers eventually will be required to use the system. The new law will take effect at different times based on an employer’s size and type: read more…

Supreme Court: Arizona Immigration Law That Targets Businesses Is Valid

May 27, 2011 0 COMMENTS

U.S. Supreme Court BuildingThursday, May 26, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Legal Arizona Workers Act (Act), an Arizona employment law that allows the state to sanction employers that knowingly or intentionally employ “unauthorized aliens.” The first provision of the Act punishes certain employers that hire unauthorized aliens by suspending or revoking their business licenses. The second provision requires employers to check the immigration status of new employees through E-Verify, a federal online employment verification program.

The Chamber of Commerce of the United States, along with several business and civil rights organizations (collectively, Chamber), filed a federal lawsuit against the individuals tasked with administering the Act. The Chamber argued that federal immigration law preempted the two provisions of the Act. The district court determined that federal law didn’t preempt the Act because the law imposed licensing conditions only on businesses operating within the state and the U.S. Congress hadn’t expressed the intent to prevent states from requiring employers to use E-Verify. The Ninth U.S. Circuit  Court of Appeals affirmed the district court’s decision.

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Georgia Governor Set to Sign Aggressive Immigration Law

May 03, 2011 1 COMMENTS

By Geetha Adinata, Ford & Harrison LLP

Another domino has fallen in the changing landscape of immigration law. Following in the footsteps of states such as Arizona, Georgia has passed legislation addressing the issue of illegal immigration within its borders. Last week, the Georgia Senate adopted and amended HB 87, which includes numerous provisions that will affect employers doing business in Georgia. Governor Nathan Deal plans to sign the bill when it reaches his desk.

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E-Verify Redesign Coming Soon

June 08, 2010 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).

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Appeals Court Rejects Key Provisions of Oklahoma Immigration Law

February 03, 2010 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…

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