Bulletin: I-9 Compliance – Department of Justice Raising Fine Levels

On June 30, 2016, the United States Department of Justice published a final interim rule in the Federal Register that essentially doubled specific fines pertaining to immigration related offenses, including paperwork violations, and unlawful employment of unauthorized workers, among other practices. I-9 Paperwork violations, (such as missing or incorrect fields and dates beyond the allotted [Read More…]

Bulletin – I-9 Compliance: CO Repeals Affirmation Document Process

On June 8th, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed Colorado House Bill 1114.  This new law, which goes into effect August 10, 2016, removes the duplicate reporting requirements imposed by the state, as the federal I-9 process is already aimed at verifying employment eligibility. To review, the Colorado Employment Verification Law went into effect in January [Read More…]

Bulletin – State Compliance: Colorado Passes Pregnancy Accommodation Act

Colorado Passes Pregnancy Accommodation Act On June 1, 2016, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed House Bill 1438, which calls for employers to provide reasonable accommodations to applicants for employment or employees for conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth. This law is due to become effective on August 10, 2016 and is applicable to all employers in [Read More…]

Bulletin: New I-9 Enters Final 30-day Comment Period

New I-9 to Enter Final 30-day Comment Period On March 28, 2016, USCIS published a 30-day notice in the Federal Register inviting final comments on the proposed changes to the Form I-9.  This comment period runs until April 27th, at which point further changes to the form may be made.  Once the comments have been [Read More…]

Bulletin: Key State Legislation Items to Watch in 2016

Important State Legislation Developments to Watch for in 2016 2016 is shaping up to be another interesting year with regard to state legislation.  As of March 8th, 37 states are in regular session, as well as the U.S. Congress, so the season is in full swing. While this year’s bills run the gamut as far [Read More…]

Bulletin: Labor and Employment – 2015 State Legislative Review

2015 State Legislative Review 2015 proved to be another busy year with the state wage and hour laws, with numerous states passing new laws requiring employee notifications.  A few issues were at the top of many state agendas and seem likely to remain so this year, although employers should not concentrate solely on those issues.  [Read More…]

Bulletin: OSC/ICE Release Joint Guidance on Internal I-9 Audits

OSC/ICE Release Joint Guidance on Internal I-9 Audits On December 17, 2015, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued their long awaited guide to internal employer I-9 audits, entitled “Guidance for Employers Conducting Internal Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 Audits”.  The guidance states that it is intended to help employers [Read More…]

Bulletin: Expansion of CA Commissioner Powers Looms

Expansion of California Labor Commissioner Powers Looms Two new California laws are set to take effect on January 1, 2016, that would greatly enhance the enforcement platform of the California Labor Commissioner’s office.  California Senate Bill 588 enacts special provisions for the enforcement of judgments against an employer arising from the employer’s nonpayment of wages [Read More…]

Bulletin: USCIS Proposes I-9 Changes – Seeks Public Input

USCIS Proposes Changes to I-9, Seeks Public Comments USCIS published a notice in the Federal Register on November 24, 2015 to inform the public of proposed Form I-9 changes.  The public has 60 days to provide comments from that point, until January 25, 2016. Many of the proposed changes on the new form are touted [Read More…]

Bulletin: New Oregon Paid Sick Leave Law to Take Effect

Oregon Sick Leave Law to Take Effect On January 1, 2016, Oregon Senate Bill 454, which would require employers with 10 or more employees to allow those workers to accrue up to 40 hours of paid sick leave annually, takes effect.  The law requires employers to provide written notice to all employees of their rights under [Read More…]