Bulletin: I-9 Compliance – OCAHO Cases Stress Need for Internal I-9 Audits and Remediation

Recent OCAHO Cases Stress Need for Internal I-9 Audits and Remediation The Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO) has had a busy 2015 as it has rolled through the backlog of appeals carried over from the high number of audits from the past several years.  One thing these decisions have in common is [Read More…]

Bulletin: Labor and Employment Compliance – New State Notification Requirements for RI and OR

Rhode Island Passes Pregnancy Accommodation Bill On June 25, 2015, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo signed Rhode Island Senate Bill 276, mandating the expansion of workplace accommodation for women who are pregnant or nursing. Under the new law, employers are to provide “reasonable accommodation” for employees who require it as a result of a condition [Read More…]

Bulletin: I-9 Compliance – Now is the Time to Assess Your Process

Now is the Perfect Time to Assess Your I-9 Process In a recent meeting of the American Payroll Association’s Government Relations Task Force Subcommittee on Immigration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Section Chief Don Buechner affirmed what many of us already strongly suspected—that the number of audits conducted by ICE has decreased from the high water [Read More…]

Bulletin: Labor and Employment Compliance – MA Paid Sick Leave Law To Take Effect

Massachusetts Paid Sick Leave Law Takes Effect July 1, 2015 As a result of a referendum passed by Massachusetts voters in November of 2014, Massachusetts employers with 11 or more employees must allow workers to earn up to 40 hours of paid sick leave each calendar year, beginning July 1, 2015.  Employers with fewer than [Read More…]

Bulletin: I-9 Compliance – E-Verify Monitoring and Compliance Expands Activity

E-Verify Monitoring and Compliance Continues to Expand Activity The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ Monitoring and Compliance group more than doubled its compliance actions between fiscal year 2011 and 2014; increasing the number of calls, desk reviews, and on-site visits from 42,158 in FY11 to 87,843 in FY14.  The current role of Monitoring and Compliance [Read More…]

Bulletin: I-9 Compliance – Section 2 Requirements and Penalties

Section 2 Documents Must Be Examined In Person A January 20, 2015 decision by the Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer, (OCAHO), serves notice to any employers using a “service center” arrangement to complete I-9s.  More specifically, OCAHO once again reinforced—by upholding a fine of nearly $228,000—the necessity of employers to review Section 2 [Read More…]

Nebraska Becomes Fifth State to Join E-Verify Ride Program

As of February 1, 2015, Nebraska joined Mississippi, Iowa, Idaho, and Florida as states participating in the E-Verify RIDE program. RIDE stands for Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify, and involves validation of state driver’s licenses and identification cards that have been presented as documentation for the I-9 process. The idea is to help [Read More…]

D.C. Wage Theft Amendment Update

The District of Columbia Wage Theft Amendment target effective date has now been moved to February 26, 2015.  D.C. Mayor signed an emergency amendment into effect in late December, which was then sent to Congress on January 13th.  The February 26th date is an estimate provide by the D.C. Legislative Information Management System. The Mayor’s [Read More…]

Bulletin: Labor and Employment Compliance – D.C. Wage Theft Amendment to take Effect

D.C. Wage Theft Amendment Set To Take Effect On September 29, 2014, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray signed into effect the District of Columbia Wage Theft Prevention Amendment Act of 2014. This amendment is of interest to D.C. employers in that it greatly increases their obligations and accountability while also adding penalties and a hearing process. [Read More…]

Bulletin: Labor and Employment Compliance – Cuomo Signs NY Wage Theft Amendment

As we reported in our June blog post, the New York Legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill amending the Wage Theft notification process, so that employers would no longer be required to distribute notices to all employees on an annual basis.  At that point, the bill was expected to be sent to the governor and signed [Read More…]