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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

Employment Acceleration Act of 2011 Prohibits Cities, Counties, and Special Districts in California from Requiring the Use of E-Verify

While several U.S. states have passed laws requiring use of the electronic employment eligibility verification system known as E-Verify, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed the Employment Acceleration Act of 2011 (A.B. 1236) that opposes E-Verify mandates and prohibits – except as required by federal law or as a condition of receiving federal funds – cities, counties, and special districts in California from requiring employers to use an electronic employment eligibility verification system such as E-Verify. To read the Employment Acceleration Act of 2011, visit: http://leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/asm/ab_1201-1250/ab_1236_bill_20110909_enrolled.pdf. Continue reading

Governor Brown Signs Two Bills Impacting Use of Credit Reports and E-Verify by Employers in California

Over the weekend, California Governor Jerry Brown signed two Assembly Bills – ‘AB 22’ and ‘AB 1236’ – that will impact the way employers in the state conduct credit report checks on job applicants and use the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification system to check the work authorization status of newly hired employees. AB 22 prohibits most employers or prospective employers from obtaining consumer credit reports for employment purposes while AB 1236, the Employment Acceleration Act of 2011, prevents state and local governments from requiring California businesses to use E-Verify to check if newly hired workers are legally eligible to work in the United States. The new laws take effect January 1, 2012. Continue reading

Federal Judge Issues Ruling Upholding Mandatory Usage of E-Verify by Alabama Employers

Ruling on the recently-enacted Alabama immigration law House Bill 56 (H.B. 56), Chief Judge Sharon Blackburn of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama has issued a 115 page opinion upholding the order that Alabama employers must confirm the work authorized status of all new workers using the federal E-Verify employment eligibility verification system beginning April 1, 2012 or face penalties for hiring unauthorized aliens. In addition, businesses in Alabama must enroll in E-Verify by January 1, 2012 and attest by sworn affidavit to not knowingly employ, hire, or continue to employ unauthorized aliens to receive government contracts and grants from the State. Continue reading

Required E-Verify Use Returns in Minnesota as Part of New Budget Deal Effective Immediately

The state of Minnesota is once again requiring its big contractors to verify the legal right of their employees to work in the United States by using the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system that checks information from new hires against federal databases of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration (SSA), according to a report from Minnesota Public Radio.  Already in effect, the new law requires private businesses providing more than $50,000 worth of services to the state to enroll in E-Verify and check the work status of new hires using the E-Verify system. Continue reading

USCIS Launches Spanish Language Version of E-Verify Self Check and Expands Service to 16 Additional States

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – has launched a Spanish language version of ‘Self Check,’ a free online service of E-Verify that allows workers to check their own employment eligibility status, according to a USCIS news release. Self Check has also expanded from its initial March 2011 launch to residents of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Mississippi, Virginia, and the District of Columbia to now include 16 additional states: California, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Washington. Continue reading

Department of Justice Reaches Settlement with Company over Allegations of Employment Discrimination during Form I-9 Process

Showing the need for U.S. employers to both understand and adhere to Employment Eligibility Verification “Form I-9” documentation rules and best practices, the Department of Justice (DOJ) reached a settlement of $50,760 with a Louisiana company to resolve allegations that they “engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination against non-citizens in the hiring and employment eligibility verification process,” according to a DOJ press release. In addition to ending illegal document requests, the company agreed to pay $43,560 in civil penalties and $7,200 in back pay with interest to the injured party. Continue reading

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Fines Several New England Companies for Hiring Illegal Workers

The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) – the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – has fined 14 New England employers during this fiscal year for various violations that enabled companies to hire illegal workers, according to a news release from ICE. The fines in the New England region, which include two companies in Maine and Massachusetts accounting for over $200,000 of the fine settlements, follow an investigation and audit of Form I-9 documents used to verify the employment eligibility of newly hired workers. Continue reading