Bulletin: New Form I-9 Published on USCIS Website

New Form I-9 Published on USCIS Website On Monday, November 14, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, (USCIS), published the new Form  I-9—thus making it official.  Employers now have until January 22, 2017 to implement this new form in their hiring processes, or face possible penalties. The new form, designed to simplify the employment eligibility [Read More…]

Bulletin: I-9 Compliance – New I-9 Gains Approval from OMB

New I-9 Gains Approval from OMB On August 25, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), approved the final version of the new Form I-9.  The accompanying Notice of Action issued by OMB allows for a 150 day period from the date of approval for employers to weave the new form into their processes.  [Read More…]

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…]