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TOOL Immigration Issues for U.S. and U.K. Employers

For many employers in the United States and United Kingdom, talented workers from overseas are vital to the continued success of their business. Because of the intricacies of immigration law in both jurisdictions, employers should proceed carefully and obtain sound legal advice each and every time a non-domestic worker is hired, retained, transferred or even terminated.
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E-Verify at a Glance

March 24, 2010
Although there is growing use of E-Verify by private employers, a large percentage of those companies are using it because they are required to—either because they operate as employers in a jurisdiction where it is legally required or because they are federal contractors or subcontractors. For the vast majority of employers in the U.S., E-Verify is still optional. The chart below shows the circumstances in which E-Verify must be used, and when it’s merely an option for an employer to consider.
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How Well Does E-Verify Perform

March 24, 2010
An analysis of the program performed for the U.S. government found that in most cases, the system correctly verified authorized worker status. But because the system is not set up to detect identify fraud, the inaccuracy rate for unauthorized workers is approximately 54 percent.
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Should Your Company Use E-Verify

March 24, 2010
Although the federal government is promoting E-Verify heavily and more than 1,200 employers per week are registering for it, the program is not mandatory for most employers. This article discusses which companies are required to use E-Verify and which are not. For those that are not legally required to use it, the article further discusses the potential advantages and disadvantages of voluntary enrollment.
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Feds Allege Pennsylvania Staffing Firm Stockpiled Visas

December 15, 2009
International Personnel Resources Inc. submitted work visas using randomly selected names from a Mexican phone book, according to the federal criminal lawsuit. The firm also requested more immigrants than needed and forged clients’ signatures, the suit says.
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No-Match Rule Abandoned in Favor of E-Verify

Employers are advised to verify that job applicants are eligible to work in the U.S. Although the Obama administration has made E-Verify the centerpiece of its workplace enforcement efforts, many employer groups, including the Society for Human Resource Management, criticize it as ineffective and inefficient. Despite DHS’ action and the ongoing debate over E-Verify, employers remain obligated to ensure that they do not hire or continue to employ individuals who are not authorized to work in the U.S.
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Dont Be Surprised by H-1B Site Visits

November 13, 2009
Enforcement has been stepped up, so H-1B employers are advised to prepare for site visits and to determine what information they will discuss with government contractors or agents. It is also critical that H-1B employers immediately intensify their focus on immigration compliance.
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