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DOJ Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Macy’s

DOJ, June 22, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Macy’s over allegations that the large national retailer violated the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) by discriminating against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens at its Glendale, California, location. The...

DOJ Settles Immigration-Related Discrimination Claim Against Powerstaffing; $153K Penalty

DOJ, June 23, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Powerstaffing Inc., a temporary staffing agency based in Edison, New Jersey. The agreement resolves allegations that Powerstaffing’s North Bergen, New Jersey, office discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S....

$200K Penalty for Bad I-9 Practices

DOJ, June 27, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Crookham Company to resolve the department’s allegations that the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens, in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Crookham, which is based...

Highlights Of The FBA I-9 Worksite Enforcement Conference In Chicago - Bruce Buchanan, John Fay

Bruce Buchanan, John Fay, July 8, 2016 - "In April, the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association held its 10th Annual Workplace Enforcement and Immigration Conference, an all-day deep dive into the latest I-9, E-Verify, and corporate compliance issues facing employers today. With speakers...

Mary's Gone Crackers, Inc. to Pay $1.5M in I-9 Violation Non-Prosecution Agreement (Updated)

DOJ, July 22, 2016 - "Mary’s Gone Crackers Inc., a natural food company based in Gridley [California,] has agreed to pay $1.5 million and to establish a corporate compliance program under a nonprosecution agreement reached with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District...

CA5 on Corporate Form I-9 (Remote) Attestation: ESSG v. OCAHO

ESSG v. OCAHO, Aug. 11, 2016 - "We hold that, under the I-9 Form applicable in this enforcement action, corporate attestation was permissible. Thus, ESSG did not violate the law when one corporate representative in El Paso, Texas, examined original documents in the presence of the hired employee...

SoCal Temp Staffing Co. Settles I-9 Claim for $175K

DOJ, Aug. 15, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today with TEG Staffing Inc., also known as Eastridge Workforce Solutions, a temporary staffing agency headquartered in San Diego, to resolve allegations that their Mira Mesa, California, office discriminated against work-authorized...

Proposed DOJ Rule Could Ramp Up I-9 Enforcement

Allen Smith, SHRM, Aug. 18, 2016 - "The Department of Justice Office of Special Counsel (OSC) added some quivers to its bow in its fight to curtail unlawful hiring discrimination against immigrants in a proposed rule published Aug. 15 in the Federal Register. The rule's proposed change of terminology...

Texas Taco Restaurant Fined $33K for Total Failure to I-9 Employees

USA v. Jula888 dba Para Tacos La Chilanga, Aug. 25, 2016 - "ICE’s Motion for Summary Decision is GRANTED, IN PART. The government met its burden of proving that Jula888, LLC d/b/a Para Tacos La Chilanga, is liable for thirty two violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B). Respondent is directed...

Employer Alert: New Form I-9 Clears OMB Review Process

John Fay, LawLogix, Aug. 29, 2016 - "On August 25, 2016, the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) approved the latest revisions to the Form I-9, clearing the way for the form to be released to the public. Ever since the current version of the I-9 expired on March 31, 2016, employers...

Current Form I-9 valid until Jan. 21, 2017 - USCIS

USCIS, Sept. 12, 2016 - "On Aug. 25, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a revised Form I-9 , Employment Eligibility Verification. USCIS must publish a revised form by Nov. 22, 2016. Employers may continue using the current version of Form I-9 with a revision date of 03/08/2013 N...

ICE Memo: Guidance on Civil Inspections of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) During Labor Disputes

Matt Ginsburg writes: "I attach ICE's " Guidance on Civil Inspections of the Employment Eligibility Verification Form (Form I-9) During Labor Disputes ," which the AFL-CIO just obtained from ICE through a FOIA request that we filed earlier this year. This Guidance replaces Operating...

Cleaning Co. Settles I-9 Dispute with DOJ for $195K

DOJ, Oct. 17, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement today with American Cleaning Company (ACC) resolving claims that the company discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). ACC is a maintenance and janitorial company...

OCAHO I-9 Fine Activity (Oct. 20, 21, 26, 2016)

USA v. Solutions Group, 12 OCAHO no. 1288, Oct. 20, 2016 - "The government met its burden of proving that Solutions Group International, LLC, is liable for eighty four violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B). Respondent is directed to pay civil money penalties in the total amount of $56,150...

USCIS Revises Form I-9, Used for All New Hires in U.S.

USCIS, Nov. 14, 2016 - "U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) today published a revised version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification. By Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use only the new version, dated 11/14/2016 N. Until then, they can continue to use the version dated 03...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $11K to $2,700 - USA v. Ideal Transportation

USA v. Ideal Transportation, Nov. 17, 2016 - "I find that in the exercise of discretion, the proposed penalty in this case should be reduced to $200 for each of the nine violations involving an employee with a TWIC Card, and $300 for each of the three violations involving an employee without a TWIC...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $89K to $36K - USA v. International Packaging

OCAHO, Dec. 6, 2016 - "[T]he government proposed a total civil monetary penalty of $88,825.00 for the ninety-five violations alleged in the complaint. ... I find that in the exercise of discretion, the proposed penalty in this case should be reduced to $500 for each of the twenty-one violations...

Q&A from AILA/USCIS/ICE Liaison Meeting, Nov. 10, 2016

USCIS, Nov. 10, 2016 - "On November 10, 2016, the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) Verification and Document Liaison Committee met with USCIS’s Verification Division and ICE Homeland Security Investigations to respond to questions, provide updates and address follow up items...

DOJ Settles With Utah Staffing Company Over I-9 Hiring Practices

DOJ, Dec. 13, 2016 - "The Justice Department reached an agreement today resolving claims that 1st Class Staffing LLC, a staffing company based in Orem, Utah, discriminated against work-authorized non-U.S. citizens in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The department’s...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine from $96K to $59K - USA v. Pegasus Family Restaurant

OCAHO, Dec. 29, 2016 - "The parties’ Joint Motion Stipulating to Liability is GRANTED. The violations alleged against Themis Koutsandreas and Jabbar Saif in Count I of the complaint and against Robert Bengert and Steven Lawrence in Count II of the complaint are dismissed. Pegasus is found...

Employers Must Use Form I-9 Dated 11/14/2016 - USCIS

USCIS, Jan. 23, 2017 - "Beginning Jan. 22, 2017, employers must use the 11/14/2016 N version of Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification , to verify the identity and work eligibility of every new employee hired after Nov. 6, 1986, or for the reverification of expiring employment authorization...

OCAHO Reduces I-9 Fine: USA v. Waterstone Grill

USA v. Waterstone Grill, Jan. 27, 2017 - "Respondent is liable for seventy-one violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B) and is directed to pay civil penalties in the total amount of $33,725. The parties are free to establish a payment schedule in order to minimize the impact of the penalty on...

M-274 Table of Changes (USCIS, Jan. 22, 2017)

Table of Changes for Revised M-274, (Rev. 01/22/17) - The purpose of this document is to outline the significant changes made to the M-274, Handbook for Employers: Guidance for Completing Form I-9.

Brooklyn Scaffolding Firm Fined $151K for I-9 Violations: USA v. Metropolitan Enterprises, Inc.

USA v. Metropolitan Enterprises, Inc., 12 OCAHO no. 1297, Mar. 10, 2017 - "ICE’s Motion for Summary Decision is GRANTED, IN PART. Metropolitan Enterprises, Inc. is liable for 189 violations of 8 U.S.C. § 1324a(a)(1)(B) and is directed to pay civil penalties in the total amount of $151...

Pizza Chain Settles with DOJ for $140K for I-9 Violations

DOJ, Mar. 21, 2017 - "The Justice Department reached a settlement agreement today with Pizzerias, LLC (Pizzerias), a pizza restaurant franchisee with 31 locations in Miami, Florida. The agreement resolves the department’s investigation into whether Pizzerias violated the Immigration and Nationality...