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Want to Help Refugees? You Can Always Hire One. Legally.

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Immigration

Over the last few months, I’ve had a few opportunities to use my legal background to help shed some light on refugee resettlement. Back in February, I helped Connecticut lawyers introduce and sponsor a resolution at the American Bar Association Midyear Meeting calling for Congress to provide legal protections and sufficient funding for refugee resettlement…. Continue Reading

Starting May 1, 2017 USCIS Will Issue Redesigned Green Cards and Employment Authorization Documents

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Immigration

Part of an employer’s job is to review I-9 documentation at the start of employment, including Green Cards. But for employers, knowing what is real vs. fake, can be an issue.  My colleagues have prepared this update to one form of documentation that you should be on the lookout for.  The change is happening sooner… Continue Reading

If You Do Any Hiring, New I-9 Forms Must be Used Effective January 2017

Posted in Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Manager & HR Pro’s Resource Center

So did everyone enjoy Thanksgiving? I’m still recovering from my vacation so in the meantime, my colleagues, Brenda Eckert and Ashley Mendoza, return today with a post about updated I-9 forms that all employers MUST start using in January 2017.  If you do any hiring, this post ought to be front and center to fulfill… Continue Reading

How to Avoid Discrimination in Hiring, While Complying with Export Laws

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

My colleagues, Ashley Mendoza and Alfredo Fernandez, return today for a guest post today that shows that employment law issues can sometimes present themselves in different formats.  My thanks to the both of them in presenting a fairly advanced topic in a form that will hopefully be of interest to a few of you out… Continue Reading

Major Modifications to Immigration Programs May Cause Major Headaches

Posted in Highlight, Laws and Regulations

Today, I’m delighted to bring you what I hope will be the first of several updates for employers from the immigration law perspective.  One of my newest colleagues, Ashley Mendoza, along with my law partner Brenda Eckert, have been tracking some of the newest rules for employers coming out of the Department of Homeland Security. … Continue Reading

CBIA Says New Bill Could Be “Double Trouble” for Businesses

Posted in Class Actions, Discrimination & Harassment, Legislative Developments, Wage & Hour

Well, so much for a slow legislative session. New proposals keep popping up with changes big and small for employers. The latest was reported on by the CBIA in a post entitled “Double Trouble for Businesses?” and talks about Senate Bill 106, which you can download here. The bill purports to protect immigrants, but as… Continue Reading

Paper Trail: DOJ Brings Issue of Hiring Documentation to Forefront

Posted in Discrimination & Harassment, Highlight, Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Litigation, Wage & Hour

Late Friday, you might have (ok, I’m sure you did) missed a press release from the United States Department of Justice announcing a settlement with a staffing agency in California. The charge? That a staffing company “discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA).” Now, I’m sure you all… Continue Reading

Quick Hits: From I-9s to Workplace Surveillance

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Litigation, Wage & Hour

The Connecticut Law Tribune’s quarterly supplement on Labor & Employment Law was published this week and as usual, it is chock full of articles of relevance to attorneys and employers.  Many of the topics have been covered here in the blog, but the additional analysis and discussion on the topics make them useful.  You can… Continue Reading

Quick Hits: Wage & Hour Litigation; Protected Concerted Activity; Set-Off in Mass.; Prevailing Wage; I-9s

Posted in Wage & Hour

With all the snow piling up, there’s been a lot I’ve been meaning to get to but haven’t. So, it’s time to bring back the "Quick Hits" feature where I recap some of the employment law tidbits you might have missed recently. The Wage & Hour Litigation blog (a new employment law blog, so welcome),… Continue Reading

USCIS Delays Implementation of New I-9 Forms Until At Least April 3, 2009

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

In a last minute notice and delay, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that it is postponing, until April 3, 2009, the implementation of a new I-9 form and a revised list of acceptable documents to determine employment eligibility.  (For background, you can find my most recent post on the form here.) The new… Continue Reading

New I-9 Forms Are Effective on February 2, 2009 For New Hires

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

UPDATE 2/2/09 – On late Friday, January 30th — after this post had been published — USCIS announced that it was delaying implementation of the rule by at least 60 days (or April 3, 2009). See new post here.  As if human resources professionals didn’t have enough on their plate this month (with changes to the ADA and… Continue Reading

Government Contractors Ordered to Use E-Verify to Confirm Employment Eligibility of Newly Hired Employees

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

Most people think that changes to the laws or the way companies conduct business can only happen through the legislative changes.  But an Executive Order effective this week reminds us of the power of Executive Branch.    Effective immediately, all federal contractors must now agree to use E-Verify, an Internet-based system operated by U.S. government, to electronically verify… Continue Reading

The Penalties to Connecticut Employers for Hiring Illegal Immigrants

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations, Legislative Developments

One of my new favorite "undiscovered gems" on the Internet, is Connecticut Judicial Branch Law Libraries’ Newslog.  It is a site maintained by the librarians with daily entries to help people stay informed about "recent legal developments, legal practice tools, and law library resources". It’s another example of how librarians are adapting to new technology and providing… Continue Reading

USCIS Issues New I-9 Form, Applicable for All New Hires, for Connecticut Employers

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance, Laws and Regulations

When a new employee starts, there’s normally enough paperwork to fill a room.  One of those forms is the I-9 form issued by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), formerly INS.  What does the I-9 form check? It checks the new hire’s employment eligibility — in other words, is the person legally allowed… Continue Reading

New Employment Verification Rules on Indefinite Hold After Court Ruling

Posted in Human Resources (HR) Compliance

Late today, a California judge granted a preliminary injunction barring the government from distributing letters to employers notifying them of social security number discrepancies.  These are known as "no-match" letters.  The order also prevents the government from enforcing a rule that would have required employers to terminate employees whose discrepancies weren’t resolved within 90 days…. Continue Reading