As part of the continuing refinement of the E-Verify program, published reports indicate that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is planning to launch the Records and Information from DMVs for E-Verify (RIDE) program this spring. The RIDE system will automate motor vehicle document verification between DMVs and E-Verify users. As a result, E-Verify employers will be able to verify their new employee’s driver’s license, permit, or state-issued ID with the issuing U.S. jurisdiction. This enhancement to E-Verify is expected to reduce the ability of illegal workers to use identity fraud to make themselves appear employment authorized. As some states may prohibit access to photographs, the link between E-Verify and state DMV records initially may not enhance E-Verify’s photo-matching tool capability, which is currently limited to certain USCIS-issued documents (such as green cards) and U.S. passports and passport cards.
New Jersey Trade Secrets Act Does Not Preempt Common Law Claims for Misappropriation of Confidential Information
In SCS Healthcare Marketing, LLC v. Allergan USA, Inc., et al., 2012 N.J. Super. Unpub. LEXIS 2704 (N.J. Super., Dec. 7, 2012), the New Jersey Chancery division held that the newly enacted New Jersey Trade Secrets Act (N.J.S.A. 56:15-1 et seq.) does not preempt common law claims of misappropriation of confidential information, notwithstanding statutory language seemingly to the contrary.
Employers now have an answer to their single biggest and most vexing question about the elaborate new federal subsidy arrangement under the Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA), but it may not be the answer they were hoping for or expecting. Under new IRS Notice 2009-27, an “involuntary termination” would include certain employee-initiated “good reason” terminations, layoffs with recall rights, and even certain cases where employees took severance buy-outs.
On June 4, 2015, a bill (A4494) was introduced to protect nail salon employees from wage and hour violations and health and safety hazards. If passed, the bill would require nail salon owners to provide personal protective equipment to salon employees, to secure a bond to cover any unpaid wages owed to employees, and to