Tag Archives: Employment Eligibility Verification

USCIS Offers Free Webinars to Inform Employers about Revised Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9

To help inform employers of the revisions to the new Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13) N, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is offering free educational webinars that highlight the new features of the revised Form I-9form, including the new fields and format, and also include a detailed overview of how to use the form. The revised Form I-9 is now available for immediate use by all employers for all new hires and re-verifications at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. Continue reading

USCIS Publishes New Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification

On March 8, 2013, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) published a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification (Rev. 03/08/13)N that employers should begin using immediately for all new hires and re-verifications. However, since the USCIS recognizes employers may need additional time to allow for use of the new form, employers may continue to use previously accepted revisions (Rev.02/02/09)N and (Rev. 08/07/09)Y for a 60-day period until May 7, 2013. After that date, all U.S. employers must use the revised Form I-9. The new Form I-9 (Rev. 03/08/13)N is available at http://www.uscis.gov/files/form/i-9.pdf. Continue reading

House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security Holds Hearing on E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification System

On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security held a hearing entitled “How E-Verify Works and How it Benefits American Employers and Workers” in Washington, D.C. Members at the hearing discussed whether use of the E-Verify employment eligibility verification system should be required by all U.S. employers to check the legal work status of newly hired employees as part of proposed legislation to reform the nation’s immigration system. To watch a video webcast of the meeting, visit http://judiciary.house.gov/hearings/113th/hear_02272013.html. Continue reading

E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification System Receives High Ratings in Customer Satisfaction Survey

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced that users of the federal E-Verify online system that allows businesses to verify the employment eligibility of their employees to work in the United States gave the program high marks in a recent customer satisfaction survey. More than 1,300 randomly selected employers across the nation who use E-Verify rated the program as exceptionally high in overall customer satisfaction with an average score of 86 out of 100 on the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI) scale, 19 points above the current federal government average. To view the entire E-Verify ACSI report, visit here: ‘E-Verify Customer Satisfaction Survey, Final Report, January 2013.’ Continue reading

Legislation Introduced in Rhode Island Would Establish E-Verify Compliance Chapter in State Law

Rhode Island Representative Peter G. Palumbo (D-Dist. 16, Cranston) has introduced legislation – (2013-H5236) – that would establish an E-Verify Compliance chapter in state law requiring all employers in the state to participate in the federal program, according to a press release from Representative Palumbo. The legislation would require employers with 200 or more employees to use E-Verify no later than January 1, 2014, while employers with between 50 and 200 workers would have until July 1, 2014 and employers of 50 or fewer workers would have until January 1, 2015 to comply. To read the full version of (2013-H5236), visit http://webserver.rilin.state.ri.us/BillText13/HouseText13/H5236.pdf. Continue reading

Department of Justice Reaches Agreement with Food Service Provider Over Alleged Discrimination Violations with E-Verify

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced an agreement with a South Carolina-based Food Service provider to resolve allegations of violating the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) during the employment eligibility verification process that included the federal E-Verify program.  Under the terms of the agreement, the Food Service provider, one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, will pay $250,000 in civil penalties, the third highest amount paid through settlement since enactment of the INA’s anti-discrimination provision in 1986.  For more information about the agreement, visit http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/January/13-crt-026.html. Continue reading

Georgia Department of Agriculture Failed To Use E-Verify for Employment Eligibility Verification

An audit has revealed that the Georgia Department of Agriculture failed to register to use the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system until April of 2012 to check if newly hired employees were eligible to work in the United States when use of the database was required by state law of public employers since 2007, according to a report by the Associated Press (AP). The story from AP is available at http://www.gpb.org/news/2013/01/05/dept-of-agriculture-failed-to-use-e-verify. Continue reading

New E-Verify State Laws for 2013 Will Add to Already Confusing Patchwork of Regulations for Employers

On January 1, 2013, new E-Verify laws will take effect in Georgia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee requiring many private employers to register for and begin using the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system. This trend of states making their own laws for E-verify, an internet-based program that compares information from Form I-9s to government records to confirm that newly hired or current employees are authorized to work in the United States, only adds to the already confusing patchwork of regulations for employers to follow to maintain legal compliance. This is Trend Number 7 of the 6th Annual ‘ESR Top Ten Background Check Trends for 2013’ available at http://www.esrcheck.com/Top-Ten-Background-Check-Trends-for-2013.php. Continue reading

New E-Verify and Form I-9 Employee Rights Webinar Presented by USCIS and DOJ Civil Rights Division

A new webinar co-presented by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division will help jobseekers, workers, and worker advocates understand employee rights in the Form I-9 and E-Verify processes. For information about the free live webinar – which takes place on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 and Thursday, November 15, 2012 – read the USCIS bulletin at http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSCIS-5b3c81. Continue reading

Hurricane Sandy Closes Multiple USCIS Offices for Tuesday October 30

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has sent a bulletin that states several offices will be closed or open late on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 due to Hurricane Sandy, a “superstorm” that has battered the Atlantic Coast from North Carolina to New England with flooding, high winds, and downed trees and has left more than 30 people dead in the U.S. so far and approximately six million without power. The USCIS bulletin is available at: http://content.govdelivery.com/bulletins/gd/USDHSCIS-595f2a. Continue reading