Employers Seeking H-1B Visas Should Not Discriminate Against US Workers Warns the U.S. Department of Justice

Yesterday, April 3rd was the first day the USCIS began accepting H-1B visa petitions that are subject to the cap for the next fiscal year (October 1, 2017 to September 30, 2018). The H-1B visa allows U.S. employers to employ temporarily foreign workers in specialty occupations including science and technology. The anti-discrimination provisions of the… Continue reading Employers Seeking H-1B Visas Should Not Discriminate Against US Workers Warns the U.S. Department of Justice

INCREASES TO I-9 VIOLATIONS AND OTHER IMMIGRATION RELATED EMPLOYMENT VIOLATIONS

Today, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) increased the possible fines and penalties for employers with I-9 employment eligibility violations including the employment of unauthorized workers and/or employers who have violated the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). These increases are due to the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 which was enacted… Continue reading INCREASES TO I-9 VIOLATIONS AND OTHER IMMIGRATION RELATED EMPLOYMENT VIOLATIONS

Is E-Verify More of a Hassle Than it is Worth?

E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility. While voluntary for most employers and relatively easy to use for all, registering for and using the E-Verify system, without first performing… Continue reading Is E-Verify More of a Hassle Than it is Worth?

JOINT GUIDANCE ISSUED FOR EMPLOYERS CONDUCTING I-9 INTERNAL AUDITS

The U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have issued joint guidance intended to help employers properly perform internal Form I-9 audits. While this guidance provides helpful tips aimed at avoiding discrimination in the internal audit process, following this guidance… Continue reading JOINT GUIDANCE ISSUED FOR EMPLOYERS CONDUCTING I-9 INTERNAL AUDITS

Employer Pays $215K to Settle Citizenship Discrimination Case

Louisiana Crane & Construction LLC, which provides oilfield services, has agreed to pay $165,000 in civil penalties and create a $50,000 fund to pay workers who lost wages because of the company‚Äôs policy requiring workers who were not U.S. citizens to provide additional documents during the Form I-9 employment verification process. The company will also… Continue reading Employer Pays $215K to Settle Citizenship Discrimination Case

Settlement Reached Against Texas Bus Company for H-2B Hiring Practices

The Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) reached a settlement with Omnibus Express for immigration related unfair employment practices. OSC concluded that Omnibus Express engaged in a pattern or practice of citizenship status discrimination in recruiting and hiring practices against U.S. citizens and other protected individuals. Omnibus agreed to pay civil penalties of $37,800 for… Continue reading Settlement Reached Against Texas Bus Company for H-2B Hiring Practices