Syria and El Salvador – Temporary Protected Status Extensions

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Over the course of the past year, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of State have been reviewing the conditions in Syria. Due to the ongoing conflicts that prevent its nationals from returning safely, Jeh Johnson (Secretary of Homeland Security) redesignated Syria and provided an 18-month extension of Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  Additionally, [Read More…]

I-9 Compliance Bulletin: Immigration Reform

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President Obama’s Executive Actions:  What They Mean for Employers President Obama’s recent executive actions could allow as many as 5 million undocumented workers to stay in the U.S. if they meet certain conditions.  The actions will expand the population eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and extend the period of DACA [Read More…]

Temporary Protected Status – Extensions Continue

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Late last week, Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced continued designations for Temporary Protected Status (TPS).  This follows the TPS extensions of Honduras and Nicaragua in October 2014.  The most recent round of TPS designations provides eligible nationals of Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone who are currently residing in the United States to apply [Read More…]

Executive Action! President Obama’s Immigration Plan

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Yesterday evening (November 20, 2014), President Obama announced his plan for executive action on immigration. In the national speech, the president outlined three areas of focus the executive action is geared to address: Increase Border Security: Provide additional resources for law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings and speed [Read More…]

Temporary Protected Status – Extensions Announced

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Temporary Protected Status (TPS) may be designated for a foreign country when conditions temporarily prevent the country’s nationals from returning safely (among other reasons).  U.S. Citizenship and immigration Services (USCIS) may grant TPS to eligible nationals of certain countries (or parts of countries), who are already in the United States and/or eligible individuals without nationality [Read More…]

E-Verify Announcements – myE-Verify and Record Disposal

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E-Verify has been active recently with several new announcements over the past few weeks.  While they may not have a significant immediate impact, the release of myE-Verify along with new Record Disposal rules present a perfect opportunity to review your overall procedures related to E-Verify.  Highlights of the recent announcements include the following: myE-Verify: A [Read More…]

Recent Webinar: I-9 Compliance – Top Ten Mistakes

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Our good friend and well-known I-9 compliance lawyer Amy Peck recently held an audience of over 1,100 captive on the subject of I-9 and E-Verify for an hour-long webinar. The theme: Top Ten I-9 compliance and E-Verify mistakes. Amy talked about everything from government data mining of E-Verify for possible infractions to audit-readiness best practices. [Read More…]

Colorado Affirmation – Revised Form for CO Employers

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In addition to maintaining Form I-9 compliance, each employer in Colorado has an added requirement for new hires.  The Colorado Employment verification law (8-2-122, C.R.S.) and rules apply to public and private employers who transact business in Colorado, and to employees hired on or after January 1, 2007.  The law requires each employer in Colorado to [Read More…]

Seeing Red or Blue? USCIS Replaces Secure Ink Color

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On July 1, 2014, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) began using a new secure blue ink for some of its secure stamps.  If you are used to seeing red, it will soon go away as USCIS will be retiring and no longer using red ink going forward. USCIS stamps with secure blue ink: Department of Homeland Security [Read More…]

Increasing Form I-9 Compliance Pressures and Record Breaking Fines

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Employers need to be especially vigilant to ensure they are correctly completing and retaining Form I-9s for their employees amidst increasing I-9 compliance pressures and record breaking fines. Common Form I-9 completion challenges create huge liability for employers as fines can add up fast during an I-9 audit.  Some common errors include: No employer/employee signature Citizenship [Read More…]