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Immigration compliance is everyone’s concern, yet too often companies do not prioritize it until something big or bad happens. Think about how you would react if Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrived at corporate headquarters or your office with a Notice of Inspection to review your forms I-9 within three days… The goal of this blog is to alert employers about issues surrounding employer compliance and flag issues they should be considering as they develop an overall immigration compliance program for their company. It should provide a resource and tool to discuss what steps can be taken to comply with federal and state immigration and employment laws.

The blog is intended to serve as a tool and resource for human resources professionals, general counsels and business owners to provide a better understanding of what is required by a company to comply with federal and state immigration laws as it relates to their workforce. It is meant to provide useful insights into developments and trends with respect to the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (form I-9), the E-Verify electronic employment eligibility verification program), state laws and related areas of the law.

The wait is over!  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has issued an updated M-274, Handbook for Employers which provides guidance on completion of the Form I-9 and an overview of unlawful discrimination and penalties related to completion of the Form I-9. New sections include guidance on (i) automatic extensions of employment authorization documents (EAD) in certain circumstances […]Continue Reading...
I would like to congratulate a partner and colleague at my firm — Tom Pahl — who although he is leaving us, is leaving for a very good reason.  Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Acting Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen announced this week that she has appointed Tom Pahl, a partner at the Washington, D.C. law firm of […]Continue Reading...
Additional Executive Orders (“EO”) are apparently circulating among administration officials, including more related to immigration and one specifically related to business immigration. It is unclear when or exactly what President Trump will sign but one such draft order is entitled “Executive Order—Protecting American Jobs and Workers by Strengthening the Integrity of Foreign Worker Visa Programs.” The […]Continue Reading...