Bulletin: I-9 Compliance – Are You Prepared for the Holiday Hiring Season?

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Holiday Hiring Season Looms—Are Your I-9 Processes Ready? With the holiday hiring season here, employers should ensure readiness by re-examining their I-9 processes and accompanying documentation.  Higher volumes can lead to careless mistakes even with seasoned preparers, so a good starting point is an evaluation or creation of a strong Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) document.  [Read More…]

Bulletin: California Enacts New Paid Sick Leave Law

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California Enacts new Paid Sick Leave Law Effective July 1, 2015, employers with employees working in California will be required to provide paid sick leave.  California becomes the second state—behind Connecticut—to enact such a law, along with 11 municipalities.  The California law applies to all employers, both public and private, regardless of size and any [Read More…]

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces: Impact on Contractors

Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces

On July 31, 2014, President Obama signed Executive Order 13673, entitled Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces.  This order imposes several new obligations on federal contractors, including: Disclosure of specific labor and employment law violations over the prior three years Disclosures to employees and independent contractors of specific wage-related information A ban on certain types of [Read More…]

Salt Lake City Hotel Chain Fined Almost $2 Million in ICE Audit

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A September 10th ICE news release named Salt Lake City hotel chain Grand America as having been fined almost $2 million as a result of hiring unauthorized workers. As part of the settlement, Grand America also agreed to undertake remedial measures estimated to cost the company around $500,000. These measures include: adopting new policies to [Read More…]

Bulletin: I-9 Compliance – E-Verify Monitoring and Compliance Steps Up Activities

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Employers using E-Verify need to be aware of the fact that the way in which they administer the system is being monitored, and quite closely. While E-Verify has been around in some form since 1997 and is currently used by over 530,000 employers, the Monitoring and Compliance (M & C) group is a fairly recent [Read More…]

Office of Special Counsel Provides Updated Fact Patterns Flyer for Employers

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The Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, commonly referred to as the OSC, recently updated their informational flyer, entitled “Citizenship/Immigration Status and National Origin Discrimination in Employment”. This flyer is intended to serve as guidance for employers on how to avoid various types of discriminatory practices and is based on [Read More…]

Wage Theft Cases Continue to Rise Nationwide

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A pair of recent news items–one an article in The New York Times; the other a press release by Governor Cuomo’s office–illustrate the heightened scrutiny being given to wage theft issues–not only in New York, but nationwide. The New York Times piece by Steven Greenhouse asserts that federal and state officials claim that employers are violating wage laws in [Read More…]

Employee Withholding Can be a Minefield for the Unprepared

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As multi-state employers are well aware, the vast majority of states have personal income tax and require withholding state taxes from employee wages as a part of the employer’s payroll/tax responsibilities.  In addition, there are many localities that require local withholding as well.  Employers need to be aware of specific requirements and terminology relating to [Read More…]

Equifax I-9 Compliance Bulletin – E-Verify Enhancements Implemented

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The latest Equifax I-9 Compliance Bulletin, ”E-Verify Enhancements Implemented,” outlines some of the enhancements E-Verify made that were designed to make the overall process more efficient and easier to use. The enhancements implemented in June included: Duplicate case alert feature Prompt to update or validate user phone numbers and email addresses upon expiration of passwords Further [Read More…]

Equifax Labor & Employment Compliance Bulletin – Section 503 Self-Identification Form

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The latest Equifax Labor & Employment Compliance Bulletin, Reminder: New Federal Contractor Affirmative Action Regulations Require Employee Survey, outlines some of the Office of Federal Compliance Contract Programs (OFCCP) final regulations that are now in effect. As part of the data collection that is required employers must provide employee’s the opportunity to self-identify. Employers must [Read More…]