Regulatory Agency Status During Government Shutdown

As the federal government shuts down over a budget squabble in Congress, essential services such as Social Security and the military will continue to function, but what about regulatory agencies that monitor America’s businesses? Here’s a brief rundown: NLRB: The National Labor Relations Board and its field offices all will be closed, though a few […]

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ICE Begins Another Round of I-9 Inspections

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has sent out another 1,000 notices of inspection (NOIs) to U.S. businesses, demanding that they provide I-9 Employment Verification Form proof of their employees' legal right to work in the United States. (A sample letter is shown at right.) The Form I-9 is required of all new hires and employees […]

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N.C. E-Verify Mandate Becomes Law Over Governor’s Veto

Though exempting employees who work for fewer than nine months, North Carolina law now mandates that state, city and county governments all require all contractors and subcontractors to use the federal E-Verify system for employment eligibility verification. Gov. Pat McCrory originally vetoed the legislation, but the North Carolina House and Senate both voted to override […]

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USCIS Updates Its E-Verify Employer Manuals

The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has updated its employer references for the E-Verify online employment eligibility verificaiton system. DOWNLOAD THE E-VERIFY MANUAL DOWNLOAD THE E-VERIFY QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE

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Iowa Becomes Fourth State to RIDE with E-Verify

Iowa yesterday became the fourth state after Idaho, Mississippi and Florida to join the Records and Information from DMWs for E-Verify (RIDE) program, which collects driver's license and state ID information from participating states to be used in the employment verification process. Such state-based information then can be culled from the online databases that form […]

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ICE Reverses Course on Pre-Filling Form I-9

In May, the Worksite Investigation Enforcement Unit of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced that employers should not pre-fill any part of Section 1 of the Form I-9, which is used to verify an applicant's eligibility to legally work in the United States. ICE officials have now reversed course and said there is […]

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USCIS Publishes FAQs on Same-Sex Spouses

United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have moved quickly to implement changes brought about by the Supreme Court's decision invalidating the definition of marriage in the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). After that decision, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano directed her agency to "review immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a […]

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Idaho Joins E-Verify RIDE

Yesterday, Idaho became the third state after Mississippi and Florida to join the Records and Information from DMWs for E-Verify (RIDE) program, which collects driver's license and state ID information from participating states to be used in the employment verification process. Such state-based information then can be culled from the online databases that form the […]

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USCIS Publishes Updated E-Verify User Manual

For users of the online employment eligibility tool offered by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) called E-Verify, the agency has released a new User Manual for Employers. Some states mandate the use of E-Verify to qualify new hires to work in the United States, and federal contractors and subcontractors often must use the […]

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Georgia, North Carolina E-Verify Mandates Take Effect July 1

Both Georgia and North Carolina passed laws in 2011 that phased in use of the E-Verify online employment eligibility verification system run by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS). Beginning July 1, private employers with more than 10 employees in Georgia must use E-Verify to qualify new hires, and on the same day in […]

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