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Second Phase of Georgia E-Verify Law Requires Employers with 100 to 499 Employees to Comply by July 1

As part of the phasing in process for Georgia’s ‘HB 87 – Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011,’ the second phase of the law requires private businesses in the state “with 100 or more employees but fewer than 500 employees” to use the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system by July 1, 2012 to verify the legal work authorization status of newly hired employees to work in the United States. The full text of the law is available at: http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2011_12/sum/hb87.htm. Continue reading

Company Forfeits 2 Million Dollars to DHS for Hiring Illegal Workers and Agrees to Use E-Verify

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – recently announced in a press release that a Houston, Texas-based tree trimming company has avoided criminal prosecution for employing illegal workers by agreeing to forfeit $2 million to the DHS related to revenue derived from the employment of illegal workers. The company has also agreed to adhere to revised immigration compliance procedures that include the use of E-Verify, a free electronic employment eligibility verification system run by the U.S. government. The press release from ICE is available at: http://www.ice.gov/news/releases/1205/120518houston.htm. Continue reading

USCIS Proposes Revisions to Form I-9 for Employment Eligibility Verification and Seeks Public Comment

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – recently published a notice in the Federal Register inviting public comment on proposed revisions to the ‘Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification’ that employers must complete for all newly hired employees to verify their identity and authorization to work in the United States. The notice is available at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-03-27/pdf/2012-7340.pdf and the proposed revisions are available at http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=USCIS-2006-0068-0013. Continue reading

Alabama E-Verify Law Requiring Businesses to Enroll in E-Verify by April 1 No April Fools Joke

All businesses in Alabama must enroll in the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification system by April 1, 2012, and this is no April Fools’ Joke. According to ‘The Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act’ (H.B. 56), considered by many to be the toughest immigration enforcement measure in the country to date, every Alabama business – regardless of size – must enroll in E-Verify by the April 1 deadline to be in compliance with the law or else they could lose their licenses for failing to abide by the law. The full text of Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act is at: http://www.openbama.org/index.php/bill/fulltext/3154. Continue reading

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

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