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.
In addition to the restrictions on opening in certain New England states, retailers with stores in Massachusetts and Rhode Island should also be aware of their obligation to pay their employees holiday pay (i.e., one-and-one-half of their regular rate) for working on state holidays (as well as on Sundays). These…..
Demand for H-1B visa petitions increased slightly, but continued to be relatively light as compared to recent years. As of June 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) reported that it has received approximately 22,900 H-1B petitions counting toward the annual 65,000 “cap” (see www.uscis.gov/h-1b_count). This means approximately 4,000 petitions have been filed over the
New Compliance and Ethics Rules for Government Contractors and Subcontractors Effective December 24, 2007
Contractors and subcontractors who enter into at least one government contract “expected to exceed” $5 million dollars with a performance period of 120 days or more are now subject to a new Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) clause, the Contractor Code of Business Ethics and Conduct.