To assist employers in preparing for 2009, the January Immigration eAuthority features a summary of critical immigration compliance issues. To further prepare employers, Ogletree Deakins is sponsoring the 2009 Immigration Compliance Review webinar on February 17 that will provide updates on the status of various enforcement initiatives. (To register for this important webinar, visit our website or contact Moira Cue via email or by phone at (310) 217-8191 x221.)

Immigration compliance is a concern for all employers. At a minimum, every employer needs to maintain employment eligibility verification (I-9) documentation. The need for employers to address immigration compliance risks becomes readily apparent when one considers other potential risks: potential Social Security No-Match issues; E-Verify being required for certain employers; an uptick in raids and government enforcement; and additional complaints and audits relating to employers of foreign nationals in H-1B and H-2B status.

2009 opens with a new President and an economic crisis contributing to employer uncertainty in how to prepare for risks, including those related to immigration compliance.  February will bring additional immigration compliance changes and concerns: a new I-9 Form, a new regulation requiring certain federal contractors to use E-Verify; the continuation of litigation relating to the Social Security No-Match regulation; and the expectation of a continued increase in government enforcement and audits. The time is now for employers to take a few simple steps to limit potential liability. 

Note: This article was published in the January 2009 issue of the Immigration eAuthority.


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