After a long hiatus, effective April 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) resumed its practice of sending out employer decentralized correspondence (DECOR) letters, otherwise known as “no-match” letters for tax year 2010. However, on October 27, 2011, SSA advised that, beginning August 29, 2011, owing to budgetary constraints, it had suspended sending these infamous no-match letters, the purpose of which is to advise employers that their workers are using a social security number that does not coincide with SSA’s records. SSA has not articulated if, or when, it will resume sending employer DECOR letters, or whether any will be sent commencing in April 2012. With regard to those DECOR letters already received by employers, SSA will not take any follow-up action and employers should follow the letters’ instructions. If an issue exists with regard to an employee’s name, the employer should double check its own records and, if that provides no resolution, the employee should attempt to correct the problem with SSA.
In its ongoing response to the COVID-19 health crisis, the United States has announced travel restrictions for Brazil. President Donald Trump’s proclamation suspends the entry of all immigrants and nonimmigrants who were physically present in Brazil during the 14-day period before seeking to enter the United States.
New Massachusetts Amendments Related to Gender Identity Discrimination Go Into Effect October 1: What Massachusetts Employers Should Know
The Massachusetts Legislature recently amended the General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 272 (M.G.L. ch. 272), to prohibit discrimination in places of public accommodation based on an individual’s gender identity.
On July 14, 2020, by means of executive order, the Trump administration announced that it will no longer recognize Hong Kong as a distinct autonomous region as compared to the People’s Republic of China (PRC).