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E-Verify Requirement in Fremont NE Takes Effect March 5 with Grace Period until May 4

The Fremont, Nebraska city council recently voted to implement the E-Verify portions of an immigration petition – ‘Ordinance No. 5165’ – that requires businesses getting a business license in the city or performing work in the city to use the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system. The ordinance took effect March 5, 2012, and businesses have a grace period of until May 4, 2012 to comply. A copy of the Fremont, Nebraska Ordinance 5165 is available at: http://www.fremontne.gov/DocumentView.aspx?DID=770. Continue reading

Enlace E-Verify Self Check Spanish Language Event Scheduled for March 1 2012

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Office of Public Engagement has invited the public to participate in “Enlace,” a free Spanish language event focused on the E-Verify Self Check online service scheduled for Wednesday, March 1, 2012, at 3:30 PM to 5:00PM EST (12:30 to 2:00 PM PST). Those interested in attending the event may do so via a live Web stream at http://www.uscis.gov/enlace or by calling 1-888-989-4980, entering the passcode “ENLACE,” and downloading the presentation. Continue reading

E-Verify Self Check Now Available in All 50 United States

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that the free online service of the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system called “Self Check” that allows workers to check their own employment eligibility status is now available in all 50 United states, as well as Washington, D.C., Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. For more information about Self Check, please visit: http://www.uscis.gov/selfcheck. Continue reading

New E-Verify Laws Create Complex Web of Federal and State Rules for Employers

While federal law mandates that federal contractors and subcontractors in all states must use the otherwise voluntary electronic employment eligibility verification system known as E-Verify, several U.S. states – including Alabama, Arizona, California, Georgia, and North Carolina – recently enacted laws mandating the use (or non-use) of E-verify, a free web-based system that allows employers to verify the legal work authorization status of newly hired employees, creating a complex and confusing web of laws and regulations. This is Trend Number 8 of the fifth annual  ‘Employment Screening Resources (ESR) Top 10 Trends in Background Checks’ for 2012. To view the list of trends, visit http://www.esrcheck.com/ESR-Top-10-Trends-in-Background-Checks-for-2012.php. Continue reading

Department of Justice Files Lawsuit Alleging Discrimination during Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Process

In another example of just how carefully the U.S. government is examining the process employers in America use when checking the work authorization status of newly hired employees, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination by the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center during the employment eligibility verification (Form I-9) process against non-U.S. citizens authorized to work in the United States, according to a press release from the DOJ. (Update: Justice Department Settles with University of California San Diego Medical Center). Continue reading

Employers Must Begin Using Standard Form I-9 in Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Beginning on November 28, 2011, employers hiring individuals for employment in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) must begin using the standard ‘Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification’ for all new hires and reverifications in the CNMI, according to a page titled “Form I-9 Guidance for Employers Hiring Individuals in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands” on the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) web site. Continue reading

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Issues New Round of Notices of Inspection to Employers

In a new round of inspections to determine if employers in the United States are violating employment laws by hiring unauthorized workers, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the principal investigative arm of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – recently issued Notices of Inspection (NOIs) to various employers around the country. The NOIs give businesses notice that ICE will conduct inspections for compliance of Employment Eligibility Verification Forms (Form I-9s) that require employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. Continue reading

E-Verify Use Rising in California as Employers Use Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification System

Despite California Governor Jerry Brown recently signing into law the Employment Acceleration Act of 2011 (A.B. 1236) that prohibits cities and counties in the state from requiring employers to use an electronic employment eligibility verification system such as E-Verify beginning January 1, 2012, an article in the Contra Costa Times reveals that more than 26,000 employers in the Golden State have signed up for the federal E-Verify program that checks if newly hired employers are legally eligible to work in the United States. Continue reading

Counties in Utah and Washington Pass E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Requirements

In the latest change to the growing patchwork of laws regarding the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system, two counties in Utah and Washington – Washington County, UT and Cowlitz County, WA – have unanimously passed laws requiring the use of the E-Verify system that checks the work authorization status of newly hired workers to ensure that they are legally eligible to work in the United States. These actions follow in step with a May 2011 Supreme Court ruling that upheld a 2007 Arizona law requiring employers to enroll in the voluntary federal E-Verify program. Continue reading

USCIS Redesigns Employment Authorization Document and Certificate of Citizenship

To help strengthen security and combat fraud, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has announced the launch of a redesigned Employment Authorization Document (Form I-766) and Certificate of Citizenship (Form N-560) with new features and enhancements, according to a news release on the USCIS website. The USCIS has already begun issuing the new Employment Authorization Documents (EADs) and will begin using the redesigned certificates on October 30, 2011. Continue reading