On February 22, 2011, a bill designated as “The New Jersey Jobs Protection Act” (S2733) was introduced to the Senate. If passed, the bill would require employers to use the federal “E-Verify” system to confirm a new hire’s employment eligibility within 90 days of the date of hire. In addition, an employer that knowingly employs an unauthorized alien would be subject to: 1) a monetary fine of $10,000 for each unauthorized alien they employ; and 2) monitored probation for three years. Violators also would face increased penalties for additional violations. Proof that the employee is eligible to work under the E-Verify system would create a rebuttable presumption that the employer did not intentionally or knowingly employ an unauthorized alien.
During the upcoming holiday season, many companies—especially those with retail operations—will be looking to expand their available workforce by hiring seasonal workers. Unfortunately, many of these temporary workers will be hired without much scrutiny. Although this approach is understandable given the frenzied pace of the holiday season, it is a…..
On April 12, 2016, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released the H-1B “cap” count, indicating that it received approximately 236,000 petitions for H-1B work visas for fiscal year 2017. This means that U.S. employers filed approximately 236,000 petitions during the short five-day window of opportunity that opened on April 1, 2016, and closed on April 7, 2016.
After a lengthy journey through the Pennsylvania legal system, the City of Pittsburgh’s Paid Sick Days Act is now on course to go into effect. The Act was signed by the Pittsburgh mayor in 2015, but its implementation was delayed due to legal challenges.