Equifax Workforce Insights

I-9 Audits from ICE Expected to Quadruple; Focus on Past, Current, and Future I-9s

Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan recently stated that the agency will vastly step up crackdowns on employers who hire undocumented immigrants. The Director said he recently asked Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the investigative unit of ICE, to audit how much of their time is spent on worksite enforcement, and said he [Read More…]

ETS Tax intelligence: 2018 Joint Account Strategies

Situation The 2018 state unemployment insurance (“SUI”) tax rate season is underway. In addition to utilizing tax rate forecasting to prevent unexpected outcomes (see August 2017 ETS Tax Intelligence), several states allow statutory elections, such as joint accounts, that can be implemented to reduce an employer’s overall SUI tax burden. Solution The formation of a [Read More…]

Understanding Trump’s October 2017 Executive Actions

There have been two recent actions by President Trump regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that may cause employers some confusion. The Equifax ACA team has compiled an overview to  help employers better understand what these actions mean for their organization. 1.) The Executive Order from 10/12/2017- Presidential Executive Order Promoting Healthcare Choice and Competition Across [Read More…]

Canadian Residential Mortgage Practices and Procedures and Impact on Income Verifications

Situation On October 17, 2017 the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI) published the final version of OSFI Guideline B-20 – Residential Mortgage Underwriting Practices and Procedures. The Guideline which takes effect on January 1, 2018, applies to all federally regulated financial institutions (FRFIs). The Role of Income Verification Two key elements [Read More…]

October 2017 Briefly: An Unemployment Case Analysis

Background The claimant was discharged for inappropriate behavior. The claimant was allowed benefits upon a finding that he was discharged, but not for misconduct connected with the work. The employer appealed, and a hearing was scheduled before an administrative law judge. At The Hearing The Employer’s Evidence: The employer’s witness testified that he received an [Read More…]

I-9 Audit and Remediation Named a Top HR Product of 2017

Human Resource Executive® recognized the I-9 Audit and Remediation solution from Equifax Workforce Solutions as a Top HR Product of 2017! The Top HR Products contest is designed to recognize the best and most cutting-edge human resources solutions released in the past 12 months. Selected by the editors of Human Resource Executive, the product submissions [Read More…]

Rake In the WOTC Credits this Fall

It’s the time of year when the leaves are falling and the weather is changing. With many businesses preparing to staff up for the holiday season it’s a perfect time to start screening for the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) or to optimize your process so you are getting all of your potential credits. According [Read More…]

NEW Hurricane Relief Law with Tax Credit for Employers

On September 29, 2017, President Trump signed into law the Disaster Tax Relief and Airport and Airway Extension Act of 2017 to deliver targeted tax relief to victims of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. The law includes an employee retention tax credit for employers. Qualifying businesses with locations within the disaster zones can seek a [Read More…]

New Form I-9 Must be in Use TODAY (September 18)

As we previously reported U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released a new version of Form I-9 on July 17, 2017. That new form is required to be used as of today, September 18, 2017. Although the changes to the new Form are minor, it’s critical that you have started or are now using the [Read More…]

What DACA Expiration Means for Employers

The Trump Administration announced this week that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been rescinded. DACA is a program implemented in 2012 under the Obama Administration that allowed certain individuals who came to the United States as children, had continuously resided in the United States, in school, graduated from high school, or [Read More…]