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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

USCIS Announces Employee Rights Toolkit Online Resource to Educate Workers about E-Verify and Self Check

The September 2012 issue of E-Verify Connection, an e-newsletter from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), contains an announcement about a new Employee Rights Toolkit online resource to educate workers about E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification, Self Check, and unauthorized practice of immigration law through videos, radio, educational brochures, posters, and fliers in English and Spanish. A PDF version of the September 2012 E-Verify Connection issue is available online at: http://www.uscis.gov/USCIS/Verification/E-Verify/E-Verify_Native_Documents/Newsletters/E-Verify-Connection10.pdf. Continue reading

Federal E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program Extended by Congress Until 2015

On September 13, 2012, Congress passed S. 3245, a bill that includes an extension by three years of the authorization for the federal E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program until September 30, 2015. E-Verify, which was due to expire on September 30, 2012, allows U.S. employers to verify the work authorization of newly hired employees. This bill goes to President Obama next for him to sign. The full text of S. 3245 is available at: http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/112/s3245/text. Continue reading

USCIS Releases New E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program Enhancements on September 16

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) – the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States – released several new enhancements for the E-Verify Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program on September 16, 2012 that will go into effect immediately, according to the ‘What’s New’ page on the USCIS website. For more information about E-Verify, visit: http://www.dhs.gov/e-verify. Continue reading

Republican Party Platform May Call for Mandatory Use of E-Verify Employment Eligibility Verification Program by All US Employers

A draft version of the Republican National Committee (RNC) platform briefly available on the RNC website last week calls for a national E-verify electronic employment eligibility verification program to be used by all businesses in the United States to verify the legal work authorization status of all newly hired U.S. workers. The draft version of the RNC platform discovered by Politico.com on Friday has been reposted on their website here: ‘Preview of Reforming Government to Serve the People – GOP’. Continue reading

State E-Verify Laws for Employment Eligibility Verification of Workers Detailed in New Report

The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) has released a new report, ‘An Overview of E-Verify Policies at the State Level,’ that details the growing use of the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system by states to establish the legal work authorization status of newly hired employees in the United States. The July 2012 report is available on the CIS website at: http://cis.org/e-verify-at-the-state-level. Continue reading

New Pennsylvania Law Requires E-Verify Use for State Public Works Contractors and Subcontractors

A bill recently signed into law by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett – Act No. 127 (formerly Senate Bill 637), The Public Works Employment Verification Act – requires all public works contractors and subcontractors with the state to enroll in and use the federal E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification system to verify the legal work authorization status of newly hired employees in the United States.  The text of the new legislation, which will take effect January 1, 2013, is available here: The Public Works Employment Verification Act. Continue reading

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