Justice Department Reaches Settlement with flower distributors to Resolve Immigration-Related Retaliation Claim

The Justice Department announced today that it reached an agreement with flower distributors to resolve allegations that the company retaliated against a man for asserting rights under the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The Justice Department initiated the investigation after receiving a complaint from a work-authorized immigrant that the company rescinded […]

Department of Labor Proposes Changes to LCA

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently proposed significant changes to the Labor Condition Application (LCA), ETA Form 9035, and related forms for H-1B, H-1B1, and E-3 visa petitions. The LCA, which is submitted online with the DOL, is a prerequisite to a properly-filed H-1B, H-1B1, or E-3 petition and collates information about the proposed […]

USCIS Instructs Employers to Continue Using Current Version of Form I-9

On Monday 13th August, USCIS has asked employers to continue using the existing version of Form I-9 even though it has an expiration date on Aug 31st of this year. “This form should continue to be used even after the OMB control number expiration date of August 31, 2012 has passed. USCIS will provide updated […]

Pennsylvania Passes Legislation Requiring Public Works Contractors to Use E-Verify

On July 5, 2012 Governor Tom Corbett signed into law the Public Works Employment Verification Act, which will take effect January 1, 2013. “The hiring of illegal workers increases our unemployment rolls, and contractors who do this may be skirting payroll and other taxes,” he said. “I am urging the state Senate and the governor […]

E-Verify Rule in South Carolina Comes into Full Effect from July 1st 2012

Amendments to the “South Carolina Illegal Immigration and Reform Act” were signed into law by Governor Nikki Haley on June 27, 2011. The amended law requires all employers to enroll in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s E-Verify system beginning January 1, 2012 and to verify the legal status of all new employees through E-Verify […]

Georgia Immigration Law – Yet to be Put into Effect by Many

One year after Georgia lawmakers passed a tough immigration law, a newspaper investigation found that many city and county governments are not in compliance. Georgia immigration law requires any employer with 500 or more employees to use a federal database called E-Verify to check the employment eligibility of all new hires.  The law passed a […]

Supreme Court Renders Split Decision on Arizona Immigration Law

On June 25th 2012, the Supreme Court handed down a split decision on Arizona’s 2010 immigration law. The court unanimously sustained the best-known part of the law, which requires state law enforcement officials to determine the immigration status of anyone they stop or arrest if there is reason to suspect that the individual might be […]