I-9

New I-9 form will be issued on July 17. Previous form must be discontinued after September 17.

The USCIS just announced that it will release a new Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, on July 17.  According to the USCIS, "Employers will be able to use this revised version or continue using Form I-9 with a revision date of 11/14/16 N through Sept. 17. On Sept. 18, employers must use the revised form with a revision date of 07/17/17 N. Employers must continue following existing stor...
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Employers Should Review Form I-9 for Social Security Number Glitch

We received the following email from the USCIS about a form I-9 glitch: If you used Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, that you downloaded between Nov. 14 and Nov. 17, 2016, review them to ensure your employees’ Social Security numbers appear correctly in Section 1. There was a glitch when the revised Form I-9 was first published on Nov. 14, 2016. Numbers entered in the Social Securit...
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Updated I-9 Handbook for Employers Now Available

USCIS published the updated Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9 (M-274). The handbook gives employers detailed guidance for completing Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. It reflects revisions to the latest Form I-9 dated 11/14/2016. See the table of changes for highlights of the changes.
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I-9 Form Alert:  USCIS issues New Guidance for Employers on Automatic Extensions of Employment Authorization Documents

I-9 Form Alert:  USCIS issues New Guidance for Employers on Automatic Extensions of Employment Authorization Documents For those that qualify, an employment authorization document (EAD) gives immigrants  permission to work for a specific period of time, usually one or two years.  For continued work authorization, workers should apply for renewal 180 days before the EAD expiration date to ensure t...
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Staffing Company Fined $175,000 for Discrimination Against Non-Citizens

Staffing Company Fined $175,000 for Immigration Discrimination The Justice Department reached an agreement today with TEG Staffing Inc., also known as Eastridge Workforce Solutions, a temporary staffing agency headquartered in San Diego, to resolve allegations that their Mira Mesa, California, office discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Natio...
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Seed Co. To Pay $200K To Settle DOJ Immigrant Discrimination Claims

Seed Co. To Pay $200K To Settle DOJ Immigrant Discrimination Claims Crookham Company has agreed to pay $200,000 to resolve the Department of Justice's charge that the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).  Crookham, which is based in Caldwell, Idaho, is a seed company that produces hybrid sweet corn, popcorn and...
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Justice Department Settles Claims Against Barrios Street Realty Inc. for Discriminating Against U.S. Workers

Justice Department Settles Claims Against Barrios Street Realty Inc. for Discriminating Against U.S. Workers The Justice Department recently reached a historic settlement agreement with Barrios Street Realty Inc., a company based in Lockport, Louisiana.  The agreement resolves claims that the company and its agent, Jorge Arturo Guerrero Rodriguez, discriminated against U.S. workers by preferring ...
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Netjets Services Fined $41,480 in Immigration-Related Discrimination Settlement

Netjets Services Fined $41,480 in Immigration-Related Discrimination Settlement The Justice Department recently announced that it has reached an agreement with NetJets Services Inc. (NetJets), a business that provides private aviation services based out of Columbus, Ohio.  The agreement resolves allegations that NetJets violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationali...
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Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9), Remains Effective after March 31, 2016.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the current Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, Remains Effective After March 31, 2016 Until further notice, employers should continue using Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. This current version of the form continues to be effective even after the Office of Management and Budget control number expiration date of M...
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How to Avoid Discrimination Claims if You Suspect a Fake Green Card During an I-9 Internal Audit

A periodic internal audit of your I-9 forms is a recommended risk assessment tool.  But what happens if, while conducting the audit, you come across green cards or other documents that appear fake?  As is usually the case with I-9 compliance, you must observe your dual obligations to avoid discrimination in violation of the anti-discrimination rules and to comply with employment eligibility verifi...
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