Approximately 192,000 employers are now participating in E-Verify, the electronic employment eligibility verification system operated by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA). Following the release of a report detailing some continuing issues with the E-Verify system (see the report in the March 2010 issue of the Immigration eAuthority), USCIS issued a fact sheet outlining a series of initiatives designed to improve the accuracy and efficiency of E-Verify. In addition to providing employee and employer civil rights and civil liberties videos and establishing an employee hotline for inquiries, issues and complaints regarding E-Verify, USCIS announced an agreement with the Department of Justice’s Office of Special Council for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) to refer allegations involving potential discrimination gleaned from E-Verify. USCIS will share data from E-Verify queries to the OSC to assist in indentifying violations of the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act. As such, employers are encouraged to train and review the activities of personnel responsible for running E-Verify queries when signing up for the program, whether E-Verify participation is voluntarily or required by law.
U.S. elections are scheduled for Tuesday, November 6, 2018. In this election, all 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the U.S. Senate are up for grabs. In addition, 36 states, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands will hold elections for governor. Numerous state and local elections will also be held. In addition, there are numerous ballot measures to be voted on in 38 states, including those pertaining to redistricting, marijuana legalization, taxation limits, Medicaid expansion and healthcare, abortion, and the minimum wage, among others.
On May 18, 2020, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced details of the Baker-Polito administration’s four-phase approach to reopening Massachusetts and released guidelines and requirements for businesses resuming operations. The process will be data-driven and fluid with the expectation that there will be at least three weeks before the start of each phase.
A Plan de Sauvegarde de l’Emploi (PSE) is a mass redundancy or reduction-in-force plan that companies employing 50 or more employees in France must have in place before dismissing 10 or more employees in a layoff. Such a plan is designed to mitigate the effects of a mass layoff or redundancy.