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.
It’s Back: NLRB Overturns Specialty Healthcare, Returns to Traditional Community-of-Interest Standard
On December 15, 2017, a divided National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a significant decision in PCC Structurals, Inc., 365 NLRB No. 160, overturning the controversial “overwhelming community-of-interest” test from Specialty Healthcare and its progeny. PCC Structurals thus returns the Board’s “appropriate unit” policy to the traditional community-of-interest standard used for the majority of the NLRB’s history. As a result of overturning Specialty Healthcare, the Board will focus again on not only the commonality between individuals within a petitioned-for unit but also the commonality of those employees with others outside the petitioned-for unit.
Ho-Ho . . . NO! Universal Paid Leave Act Will Create Significant New Costs for District of Columbia Employers
Employers in the District of Columbia (D.C. or District) found a lump of coal in their holiday stockings this year thanks to the D.C. Council’s passage of the Universal Paid Leave Amendment Act of 2016 (UPLA) on December 20, 2016. The UPLA creates the most expansive paid leave benefits in the nation, enabling employees to receive a combination of paid leave, which can include up to eight weeks of parental leave, six weeks of family medical leave, and two weeks of personal medical leave every year.
Reminder: “Unemployment” Status Is a Protected Category Under New York City Human Rights Law Effective June 11, 2013
As we previously covered in the March 20, 2013 issue of the New York eAuthority, New York City now recognizes “unemployment” status as a protected class under the New York City Human Rights Law. Given the narrow and fact-specific exceptions, covered employers doing business in New York City should, to the extent possible, amend their interview guidelines and job postings to omit references to “unemployment” status.