E-Verify Is Back in Business

Similarly, another casualty of the government shutdown has reopened and fully resumed operations. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has provided important guidance on the resumption of the E-Verify system. Please be advised that for each new employee hired while the system was down during the shutdown, employers MUST create an E-Verify case by Monday,…

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E-Verify Caught in Shutdown

It is the budgetary standoff between President Trump and congressional democrats over border wall funding rather than a computer snafu that has caused the shutdown of the government’s E-verify program. As a result of the government shutdown and its impact on E-Verify, E-verify accounts are inaccessible; all e-verify webinars are cancelled (other than the I-9…

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Lame Ducks Pass on Depreciation Fixes

Unfortunately, the lame duck 115th Congress will expire without correcting errors in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA) that directly impact small businesses across the nation. The TCJA as passed last December did not extend accelerated depreciation and although there was a whole year to correct the oversight, the rancorous partisanship in…

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House Advances E-Verify

The House Judiciary Committee approved the Legal Workforce Act, H.R. 3711, late Wednesday night by a vote of 20-10. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) would make E-Verify mandatory nationwide over a 24-month period. As we all know, E-Verify is an internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9 and Employment…

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I-9 And Immigration Fines Increased

The Department of Labor hasn’t only been focused on the FLSA either.  Along with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security, DOL increased the fines accessed on employers for immigration-related violations, including unfair employment or discrimination practices, violations of the H-1B or H-2B programs as well as Form I-9 and E-Verify Violations.  The increased fines…

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