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DOJ Addresses the Anti-Discrimination Provision in Connection with I-9 Compliance

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

On July 30, 2014, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Special Counsel for Immigration Related Unfair Employment Practices (OSC) issued a technical assistance letter (TAL) in response to an employer’s request for guidance in how to address the instance where the employer had accepted more documents than necessary during the Form I-9 verification process. (See U.S. Department of Justice.)  In its request for assistance, the employer specifically inquired whether it should “retain or destroy excess documentation.” (more…)

Keeping Up with the Times: Solving the I-9 Conundrum for Remote Employees

Maria del Carmen Ramos

Maria del Carmen Ramos

The impact that technology has on our everyday life is impressive. It touches us at work, home, and even while we’re on the road. And while technology has its disadvantages (you are always “on”), it also has its advantages: for instance, it gives employees the ability to telecommute. Every day, more and more companies offer their employees the option to telecommute from home. In some instances, companies even hire individuals who live in a different state from where the employer is located. While allowing employees to telecommute from different states can be a great benefit for the employee (and the employer), it can create a nightmare for HR administrators trying to complete employment paperwork, such as the Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification.Under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, employers are required to complete a Form I-9 for each new employee. (more…)