Employment Authorization Verification

The 2017 California Legislature adjourned on September 15, 2017, and resulted in more than 700 bills being sent to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for approval. Although the deadline for the Governor to sign new bills into law does not officially expire until October 15, the Governor has already given his stamp of approval to a handful of new employment laws that will take effect on January 1, 2018, including one from the California Chamber of Commerce’s annual list of “Job Killers.” Below is a summary of the major bills recently signed into law.
Continue Reading 5 New Laws: California Governor Approves Employee-Friendly Laws

The new year will bring along a variety of new obligations for California employers.  Although some of the new laws clarify existing law and provide helpful guidance, several impose additional requirements.  This update highlights key provisions of some of the more notable changes taking effect in 2017.  Links to the statutes and/or prior updates regarding the same are provided where applicable.
Continue Reading California Employers – New Year, New Rules in 2017

This year the California Legislature added over a dozen new employment laws, many of which take effect on January 1, 2016.  Some of these laws impose new prohibitions on employers, while others provide positive benefits such as safe harbors, cure provisions, and employer incentives for reclassification of certain independent contractors.  This update highlights key provisions in some of the new laws taking effect January 1, 2016.  Links to the statutes are provided.
Continue Reading New Year, New Rules For Employers Doing Business in California

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or the "Stimulus Bill") was enacted on February 17, 2009, and Section 1611 – the Employ American Workers Act (EAWA) – severely limits certain employers, namely banks and other financial institutions, who receive funding under the 2008 Trouble Assets Relief Program (TARP) from hiring H-1B foreign national employees.


Continue Reading New Stimulus Bill Affects H1-B Hiring

On January 30, 2009, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services announced a 60-day implementation delay, until April 3, 2009, of the interim final rule entitled "Documents Acceptable for Employment Eligibility Verification" published in the Federal Register on December 17, 2008.  As drafted, the interim rule strictly defines what are acceptable identity and employment authorization documents for employers to use in completing the requisite I-9 employment eligibility verification process.  The implementation delay allows USCIS and DHS to further consider the rule’s wide–ranging practical impact on both employers and employees.


Continue Reading Delay to Form I-9 Employment Verification Changes and Mandatory E-Verify Usage by Federal Contractors

August 15th, 2007 — Following up on our earlier announcement, the ICE Final Rule on safe-harbor procedures for employers who receive "no-match" or similar letters from SSA or DHS was


Continue Reading New ICE Regulation on Safe Harbor for Employers Who Receive No-Match Letters Regarding Alien Employees – Follow Up

August 13th, 2007 – The Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") Agency of the Department of Homeland Security ("DHS") announced last Friday that its newest regulation – 8 CFR 247a – has been finalized and signed by Secretary Michael Chertoff.  The regulation will be published in the Federal Register this week to take effect 30 days from publication.  This long-anticipated but highly-controversial regulation will have wide-ranging impact on all U.S. employers in the context of workplace employment authorization verification.  Despite its intention to provide a "safe harbor" for employers who follow its provisions, its enforcement can still leave many employers in a catch-22 position.


Continue Reading New ICE Regulation on Safe Harbor for Employers Who Receive No-Match Letters Regarding Alien Employees