In May 2010, identical bills were introduced in the Senate and Assembly requiring employers to use the federal government’s controversial E-Verify system to check the legal status of employees. Bill S1842 and A2600 would prohibit the employment of unauthorized aliens and require employers in the state to use the E-Verify program, which currently remains voluntary at the federal level. A similar bill (S1449) was introduced in February, and discussed in the March 2010 issue of the New Jersey eAuthority. These proposed bills differ from the prior bill in that the new bill provides for a staggered compliance date – employers that employ 100 or more employees would have to comply with the E-Verify requirement by December 31, 2010, but employers that employ less than 100 employees would have until December 31, 2011 to comply. These new bills also direct the Commissioner of the Department of Labor and Workforce Development to develop a statewide random auditing program to inspect private employers for compliance with the E-Verify requirement.
In the waning hours of the 2017 legislative session, Republicans who control both houses of the Minnesota Legislature reached an agreement with Democratic Governor Mark Dayton on a budget bill that removed from a provision that would have preempted Minnesota cities’ safe and sick leave ordinances and other labor standards measures.
A contractor who precisely follows the directives of an upstream party, but who causes damage to an adjacent property may be without insurance coverage according to several recent Illinois cases.
On November 23, 2011, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that, as of November 22, 2011, it has received enough H-1B cap-subject petitions to reach the annual 65,000 “regular cap.” As we reported in the October 2011 issue of the Immigration eAuthority, USCIS previously confirmed that it had exhausted the 20,000 cap for foreign nationals with U.S.-earned advanced degrees. USCIS has stated that it will reject cap-subject petitions (for new H-1B visas requesting an employment start date in FY 2012) that are received after November 22, 2011.