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DOJ Sues Employer for Requiring Document Not on Form I-9 List

"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 California. The Government alleges in the September...

OSC Update Newsletter: IRCA 25th Anniversary Commemorative Issue

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, as well as unfair documentary practices during the...

OSC Launches Webinar Series on Avoiding Workplace Discrimination

"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 of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related...

Justice Department Reminds Employers of Eligibility Verification Rules for Salvadoran Workers

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 Employment Authorization Documents. This...

OSC Technical Assistance Letters

An interesting collection from FY09 to present. A treasure trove for I-9 gurus. Revisit often.

GreenbergTraurig: How to Complete the Form I-9 for Employees That Benefit From the Auto-Extension of Temporary Protected Status

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 nationals of El Salvador with Temporary Protected...

Free OSC Webinars; New OSC Videos - for Employers and Employees

" OSC is proud to announce the launch of its live webinar series . If you're a worker or worker advocate, please consider joining us for the monthly worker/advocate track webinar. Employers/HR professionals are invited to join our monthly employer track webinar. Either way, you'll participate...

Employers Not Immune from Punishment by OSC for E-Verify Violations

"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 against one of its employees based on a final...

NLRB and OSC sign MOU

"The Justice Department announced today that the Civil Rights Division’s Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Labor Relations Board, formalizing a collaborative relationship...

Latest OSC Technical Assistance Letters

August 20, 2013 (guidance on prepopulation of Section 1 of the Form I-9) August 13, 2013 (General contractor requiring subcontractor's employees to present original I-9 documentation) August 6, 2013 (requiring a university degree from a U.S. university to be selected for employment)

Are You Current On Your TALs?

The DOJ Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) posts 'Technical Assistance Letters' here .

OSC Settles I-9 Discrimination Case for $115K

"The Justice Department reached an agreement today with Potter Concrete , a company based in Dallas , resolving claims that the company engaged in a pattern or practice of document abuse in violation of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). The department’s investigation, which was initiated...

News Excerpts From the May 1, 2014, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

USCIS Transfers Jurisdiction over Refugee and Asylee Relative Petitions U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has begun the transfer of responsibility for processing Form I-730 (Refugee/Asylee Relative Petition) from agency service centers to international field offices. The first phase...

FY14 OSC TALs

February 7, 2014 (acceptability of driver authorization/driver privilege cards for I-9 purposes) December 30, 2013 (request for additional documentation during internal audit) April 30, 2014 (whether an employer may decline to hire an F-1 student visa holder on OPT because of limited time left...

Houston Restaurant Management Company Fined for I-9 Flub

"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 during the employment eligibility reverification...

$200K+ Settlement Over I-9 Problems: Continental Airlines

"[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 because of their citizenship status. ... Respondent...

OSC Guidance: Employee Admits Original I-9 Documents Were Fraudulent - Bruce Buchanan

"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 new work authorization documents and admits that documents...

Does Rick Perry's Executive Order Conflict with Federal E-Verify Rules?

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"). In your email, you express concerns about...

DOJ Settles I-9 Lawsuit for $215K - Louisiana Crane

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 oilfields. The settlement resolves a lawsuit filed...

OSC TAL on Replacing U.S. Workers with Visa Workers

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 regarding whether certain employer practices...

OSC Posts New I-9 Technical Assistance Letter

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 supersedes the technical assistance letter that OSC...

OSC Opines on ITAR Screening in Mar. 31, 2016 TAL

OSC, Mar. 31, 2016 - "This is in response to your letter of February 10, 2016, to the Office of Special Counsel for Immigration-Related Unfair Employment Practices (“OSC” or “Office”). In your letter, you seek guidance on an employer’s obligations to comply with the...

Mar. 31, 2016 OSC TAL on EAR, ITAR

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 under U.S. export control laws, including the Export...