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Should Your Company Use E-Verify

March 24, 2010
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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
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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

November 25, 2009
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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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DHS Launches Ad Campaign Encouraging E-Verify Sign-Up

November 19, 2009
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About 170,000 firms are using the system. The ‘I E-Verify’ campaign includes a public service television advertisement that touts companies for their efforts to ensure a legal workforce.
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Dont Be Surprised by H-1B Site Visits

November 13, 2009
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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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House OKs Three-Year Extension of E-Verify Program

October 16, 2009
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With action on comprehensive immigration reform pushed off to next year, the House approves a homeland security funding bill that would renew the government-run electronic employment verification system.
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C-Suite September

October 15, 2009
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C-Suite September
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TOOL Assessing H-1B Fraud

October 2, 2009
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A 2008 report found that 20 percent of H-1B filings contain technical violations or are simply fraudulent. The report has led to a crackdown on H-1B employers.
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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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