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Archive for January 2019

2019 Workplace Immigration Outlook Indicates More of the Same

U.S. Supreme Court punts on DACA decision, leaving the program in place for now The Trump administration’s policies on employment-based immigration will continue to stymie organizations seeking to hire foreign national talent in 2019. The new year will likely be defined by: More technical interpretations of current policies, restricting eligibility for employment visas. Proposed rules…

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7 Policies to Update in Your 2019 Employee Handbook

Handbooks are a key asset for communicating company policies and promoting fairness and consistency in the workplace, and ever-evolving federal, state and local laws make routinely reviewing and updating handbooks critical for employers. 2018 proved to be a busy year, particularly at the state and local levels as new and amended employment related laws took…

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Immigration Worksite Enforcement Surged in 2018

Immigration worksite investigations, Form I-9 audits and employee arrests spiked in fiscal year (FY) 2018 compared to the previous year, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data. Worksite investigations rose by more than 300 percent, and the agency set 10-year highs for the number of I-9 audits conducted and criminal charges filed. President…

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Employer Satisfied ADA by Granting Requested Accommodation

A Texas school district met its obligation to engage in the interactive process under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by granting an employee’s only requested accommodation, according to a federal district court. The Sweeny Independent School District employed the plaintiff as special programs coordinator from 2001 until August 2016. The plaintiff requested and took…

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E-Verify Expired During Government Shutdown

“Three-day rule” suspended; most immigration-related services still running E-Verify—the federal electronic employment eligibility verification service—has expired due to a lapse in funding and will not be available during the partial shutdown of the U.S. government that began Dec. 22. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which oversees the program, announced that the website www.e-verify.gov will…

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