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Heightened Focus on H-1B Employers

September 18, 2009
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The task of the Department of Homeland Security's fraud unit is to gather the facts necessary to determine whether anyone has committed fraud while attempting to obtain immigration benefits. H-1B employers who fit a particular profile run a high risk for a visit from the unit, whose findings may lead to immigration benefits denial, I-9 audits, criminal investigation and potentially even civil and criminal penalties.
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Is Your Immigration Compliance Program Up to Date

September 18, 2009
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The public got a glimpse of the beginning of employer-focused enforcement when Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued an unprecedented 652 I-9 audit notices on one day this summer. That's more than the total number of audit notices issued in the previous year. Here are steps employers should take to ensure they are in compliance—just in case ICE pays a visit.
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The New Year Brings Employment Act Changes in Singapore

March 3, 2009
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For a country whose labor climate is known for tenuous boss-employee relationships, the changes to the Singapore Employment Act serve primarily the interests of the employee and organized labor by increasing employee benefits while also increasing restrictions on employers.
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Heidrick Revenue Down Amid Fewer Executive Searches

February 25, 2009
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The number of executive searches for the international firm decreased 16.9 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter, according to the Chicago-based company.
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Changes Afoot for European Works Councils

February 10, 2009
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A number of changes in how European works councils interact with multinational employers will be formally adopted this year and will come into force in 2011. Many of the legal changes give the councils new powers that have the potential to cause difficulty for employers that are unprepared.
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The Brave New World of Electronic I-9s

January 16, 2009
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Nearly three years ago, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued an interim rule that allows employers to continue completing I-9 forms on paper while storing the forms electronically. However, its guidance stops short of identifying which systems will be acceptable under the law. Here are some of the issues that organizations should keep in mind when it comes to electronic storage of these required documents.
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The Chinese Mind Meld

August 14, 2008
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Business Lobbies for Program to Help Workers Hurt by Trade

June 11, 2008
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The fate of a trade agreement with Colombia, a Bush administration and business priority, hinges in part on the outcome of Trade Adjustment Assistance talks. In April, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi put an indefinite hold on legislation to implement the deal until ‘economic security’ issues are addressed.
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The Immigration Squeeze

April 17, 2008
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Not only is a complete overhaul of immigration law a remote possibility in 2008, but prospects are dim for narrow legislation that would address employers’ specific needs for both high-skill and low-skill workers.
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Employers Resist Government Electronic Worker Verification

April 17, 2008
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The government is having a hard time getting companies to sign up for the program. There are complaints that E-Verify is inefficient, prone to error and incapable of being ramped up to handle traffic from all 6 million employers in the country.
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