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DOJ Settles I-9 Lawsuit for $215K - Louisiana Crane
Posted on 1 Sep 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Aug. 31, 2015 - "The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement with Louisiana Crane & Construction LLC (Louisiana Crane), a crane and construction company headquartered in Eunice, Louisiana, that provides services to... Read More

GreenbergTraurig: How to Complete the Form I-9 for Employees That Benefit From the Auto-Extension of Temporary Protected Status
Posted on 29 Mar 2012 by GreenbergTraurig

In another welcomed measure that clarifies the work eligibility of a class of valued employees, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) announced the launch of an educational video reminding employers that... Read More

Does Rick Perry's Executive Order Conflict with Federal E-Verify Rules?
Posted on 20 Apr 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

A Texas lawyer asks the feds some pertinent questions, and they reply : "This is in response to your email dated March 30,2015, to the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices ("OSC" or "Office"... Read More

Justice Department Reminds Employers of Eligibility Verification Rules for Salvadoran Workers
Posted on 9 Mar 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ, Mar. 8, 2012 : "The Justice Department announced today the launch of an educational video reminding employers that Salvadorans with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) may continue working beyond the March 9, 2012, expiration date of their... Read More

$200K+ Settlement Over I-9 Problems: Continental Airlines
Posted on 26 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"[T]here is reasonable cause to believe that Respondent’s company formerly-known as Continental Airlines committed unfair documentary practices in violation of the Act by unnecessarily subjecting lawful permanent residents to reverification... Read More

Houston Restaurant Management Company Fined for I-9 Flub
Posted on 3 Sep 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Justice Department announced today that it reached an agreement with Culinaire International, a catering and restaurant management company headquartered in Houston, Texas, resolving a claim that Culinaire engaged in citizenship discrimination... Read More

OSC Launches Webinar Series on Avoiding Workplace Discrimination
Posted on 1 Dec 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"The Justice Department announced today the launch of a live webinar series on avoiding workplace discrimination. The webinars coincide with the 25 th anniversary of the passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act, which created the Office... Read More

OSC Update Newsletter: IRCA 25th Anniversary Commemorative Issue
Posted on 22 Nov 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

The Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) investigates and prosecutes allegations of national origin and citizenship status discrimination in hiring, firing, and recruitment or referral for a fee,... Read More

Tags: IRCA , osc , Newsletter

Employers Not Immune from Punishment by OSC for E-Verify Violations
Posted on 28 Sep 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Yesterday, the Justice Department announced it entered into a settlement agreement with Diversified Maintenance Systems, LLC, a provider of janitorial and facilities maintenance services based in Tampa, Florida. The Florida employer allegedly retaliated... Read More

OSC Guidance: Employee Admits Original I-9 Documents Were Fraudulent - Bruce Buchanan
Posted on 3 Mar 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"On January 8, 2015, the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) issued a Technical Assistance Letter (TAL) concerning potential discrimination issues arising when an employee presents an employer with... Read More

OSC TAL on Replacing U.S. Workers with Visa Workers
Posted on 24 Dec 2015 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DOJ OSC, Dec. 22, 2015 - "This is in response to your letter of November 2, 2015 to the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (“OSC” or “Office”). In your letter, you pose several questions... Read More

Mar. 31, 2016 OSC TAL on EAR, ITAR
Posted on 3 May 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

OSC, Mar. 31, 2016 - "[Y]ou seek guidance on an employer’s obligations to comply with the anti-discrimination provision of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. § 1324b, when verifying employees’ citizenship status... Read More

Tags: itar , osc , ear , tal

OSC Posts New I-9 Technical Assistance Letter
Posted on 14 Jan 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Jan. 7, 2016 - "This is in response to your email dated July 27, 2015, to the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices ("OSC" or "Office"). In light of recently-issued guidance, this letter... Read More

Tags: osc , documentation , tal , I-9

DOJ Sues Employer for Requiring Document Not on Form I-9 List
Posted on 6 Oct 2011 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"Justice Department prosecutors, acting in conjunction with the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices, have filed a lawsuit against a medical services provider with skilled nursing facilities throughout... Read More