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Nov 21, 2017

Employers: Beware of Form I-9 Email Scam

In a statement released yesterday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned that employers across the United States have been receiving scam emails requesting information from and copies of the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.  The scam emails have been sent to employers using various email addresses with the sender’s name masked to reflect the name of the DHS’s application support agency, United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS). … Read More

Nov 20, 2017

Potato Grower Reaches $100,000 Settlement with Justice Department for I-9 Compliance Violations

Washington Potato Company, a private grower and processor of potatoes and other vegetables, reached a $100,000 agreement on Thursday, with the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), settling claims of discrimination in the company’s Form I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification procedures.

The settlement ends a multi-year Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigation, which was triggered when ICE randomly picked the potato farming company for a Form I-9 worksite inspection. … Read More

Nov 06, 2017

California Employers: Stuck Between Federal and State Form I-9 Laws. What is California’s AB 450?

With growing federal employment immigration enforcement, California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law AB-450, the California Immigration Worksite Enforcement Act.  AB-450 imposes requirements on all California employers when complying with federal immigration laws related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.… Read More

Nov 03, 2017

Global IT Company Settles Years of Federal and State Immigration Investigations—$24 Million in Fines Paid.

Infosys, a global consulting and IT services company, with operations in 45 countries, recently reported an agreement with the State of New York to settle allegations that Infosys failed to pay hundreds of foreign workers who entered the United States pursuant to their respective visas as well as state employment taxes.  This $1 million settlement with the New York Attorney General’s Office, brings to an end more than 4-years of federal and state investigations into Infosys’ immigration-employment practices.… Read More

Oct 23, 2017

NAFTA Termination and its Immigration Impact

The Trump Administration’s threats to terminate the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are causing concern at companies across the United States that have long used NAFTA to recruit professional employees from Canada and Mexico under the Trade NAFTA Visa (TN Visa).

The TN Visa allows citizens of Canada and Mexico to work temporarily in the United States in prearranged business activities for U.S.… Read More

Oct 13, 2017

Trump Administration Plans Large Scale Shift in Immigration Laws

President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are now exploring different options to fundamentally transform the immigration system in the United States without legislative action by Congress, according to CNN News.  This comes in the wake of the president’s letter to Congress on Sunday, in which he requested funding for new immigration enforcement personnel and programs.

According to CNN, the options include modifications that could result in major consequences, including limiting protections for unaccompanied minors (UACs) who came to the U.S.… Read More

Oct 04, 2017

Pennsylvania Tree Removal Company Fined $95 Million for Hiring Undocumented Immigrants

A Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, tree removal company was fined $95 million after pleading guilty before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania to violating several federal immigration laws due to the company’s practice of hiring and rehiring undocumented immigrants.  Federal prosecutors described the fine as the largest ever for an immigration-related case.

As part of its plea, the company admitted to employing undocumented immigrants whom company management knew were ineligible to work in the United States.  … Read More

Aug 29, 2017

Norris McLaughlin & Marcus Presents I-9 Compliance Seminar for Employers

Raymond G. Lahoud, Esq., Member of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., and Chair of its Immigration Law Group, is pleased to present “Employers Beware: ICE is Cracking Down on I-9 Compliance,” updating human resource professionals, business owners, and managers on significant recent developments with respect to the revised I-9 form.

The seminar is free of charge and open to the public.  … Read More

Aug 16, 2017

You’re Invited to Employers Beware: ICE is Cracking Down on I-9 Compliance!

Raymond G. Lahoud, Chair of the Immigration Law Group of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A., is pleased to present a seminar updating human resource professionals, business owners and managers on significant recent developments with respect to the revised I-9 form. HRCI and SHRM credits are available.

The seminar will review:

  • Current I-9 Form Requirements
  • I-9’s for Remote Employees
  • Common I-9 Completion Mistakes to Avoid
  • E-Verify Basics
  • Historical I-9 Audits and Past I-9 Non-Compliance Remediation
  • Electronic I-9 Systems—What to Consider When Going Paperless
  • Practical and Proactive Strategies to Protect Your Company
  • Internal I-9 Audits: what to correct and who should audit
  • Prevention Employee Discrimination During the I-9 Process
  • Best Practices for Random ICE Worksite Visits
  • The Future of Immigration in the Workplace

The first session will be on Tuesday, September 12, at the NM&M PA Office. … Read More

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