E-Verify Statistics for 2012-2013

These statistics are based on E-Verify cases in Fiscal Year 2012.  All figures are expressed as a percentage of the total number of cases submitted. Percentages may not appear to sum due to rounding Most employees are automatically confirmed as work authorized. 98.65 percent of employees are automatically confirmed as authorized to work (“work authorized”) either […]

DHS Announces Re-designation and 18-Month Extension of Temporary Protected Status for Syria

Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano has re-designated Syria for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and extended the existing TPS designation for the country from Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2015. This allows eligible nationals of Syria to register or re-register for TPS in accordance with a notice published today in the Federal Register. U.S. […]

ICE Goes After Three Restaurants with Little Success at OCAHO

The Office of Chief Administrative Hearing Officer (OCAHO), which issued three decisions involving restaurants in March 2013 severely reduced ICE’s proposed penalties that is of interest for our clients in the Retail and NRA verticals. A summary of the cases are provided below and is courtesy of ILW  and is  authored by Bruce E. Buchanan, an […]

I-9 Audits on the Rise

I-9 audits have seen a rapid increase in number along the years with audits scaling from next to none in 2004 to over 3000 in 2012.Employers should pay attention accordingly, as the fines for substantive and procedural violations of the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) can add up quickly, Daniel Brown, an attorney with […]

ICE fines Maine companies hiring unlawful employees

  Following an investigation and audit of Form I-9 documents by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, eight Maine employers were fined a total of $78,966.50 in fiscal year (FY) 2012 for various employment violations. The inspection of the employers’ documents is part of HSI’s worksite enforcement strategy that launched in 2009 to […]

ICE fines Massachusetts companies hiring unlawful employees
 worksite enforcement strategy holds employers accountable for violations

Following an investigation and audit of Form I-9 documents by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations,17 Massachusetts employers were fined a total of $349,619.54 in fiscal year (FY) 2012 for various employment violations. The inspection of the employers’ documents is part of HSI’s worksite enforcement strategy that launched in 2009 to reduce […]

Kansas corporation admits knowingly hiring illegal alien to run McDonald’s franchise

A Kansas corporation agreed to plead guilty Wednesday to an immigration charge after a federal investigation showed that the manager of one of its McDonald’s restaurants in Wichita was an illegal alien. This announcement was made by U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom, District of Kansas. This guilty plea agreement resulted from an investigation by U.S. Immigration […]

Largest domestic toddler toymaker partners with ICE

America’s largest manufacturer of preschool and toddler toys became the latest employer Wednesday to be certified with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) employment compliance program, IMAGE, or “ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers.” The Company which employs more than 800 people in northern Ohio, has pledged and been officially certified by ICE to […]