Tag: I-9

Immigration Updates in COVID-19 Times

International borders have been closed for 18 months, U.S. embassies abroad have been operating at a limited capacity, and yet employers struggle to find and retain talent. Corporate immigration, including H-1Bs and other visas, continues to provide a solution for savvy employers. Below are the most important immigration changes within the last year.


9th Circuit Upholds $300,000 Penalty for I-9 Violations

The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) requires employers to verify that their employees are legally authorized to work in the United States. It also prohibits employers from knowingly continuing to employ aliens who aren’t authorized to work. The INA calls for penalties of varying amounts for each violation, depending on the nature of the violation. Consequently, penalties can add up quickly when there are widespread violation

What is the Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act?

The Accountability Through Electronic Verification Act is a bill that has been introduced in Congress in early 2017[i]. It has not yet gone past the introductory stage and has been referred to the Committee on the Judiciary for further assessment. It is unknown whether it will progress further or not at this point. No votes […]

Walking the line between hiring only authorized workers and violating the discrimination laws

by Elaine Young Here are two situations in which you must avoid discrimination while fulfilling your obligation to hire only authorized workers.  Situation #1 ABC Resort is a beautiful, large new resort in the Utah mountains. Some of its managers heard about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids a few years ago at other resorts […]


It’s Time to Cozy Up to the New I-9

It’s time for employers to get acquainted with the new Form I-9. The form is easier to use than the old version, but with just a few weeks left before employers have to make the switch, it’s a good idea to get familiar with the form now, says Jacob Monty, managing partner at Monty & […]

Employers should continue using expired Form I-9 until new version is available

The current revision of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Form I-9 expired March 31. However, USCIS has instructed employers to continue using this version of the form until a new revision is approved. Meanwhile, revisions to Form I-9 have been proposed, but the new form cannot be finalized and adopted until the public has […]

What Is IRCA?

With immigration continually in the news, it’s important for employers to understand their obligations when it comes to hiring immigrants. In short, employers have the obligation to ensure they’re only hiring individuals who have the legal right to work in the United States—and they must verify this is true by completing an I-9 form (Employment […]

What is National Origin Discrimination?

According to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, national origin discrimination includes any discrimination based on  the person’s place of birth, cultural heritage, accent, or native language. Title VII also offers protection from harassment based on national origin.

Ask the Expert: Offer Letter for Salaried Employee

I am preparing an offer letter for an exempt position who is working at 80%. Can you let me know if this language is OK?: “In this exempt position, you will be working at a reduced capacity of 80% and your compensation will be $XXX,000.00 annually, payable bi-weekly.”