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Good News for Private Employers in California: Federal Court Temporarily Enjoins Several Provisions of New Law Prohibiting Cooperation with Immigration Enforcement Agents

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Private employers received good news this month when a federal court temporarily stopped the state of California from enforcing most of a new law that restricts an employer’s ability to cooperate with officers who enforce federal immigration laws. This new California law is known as Assembly Bill 450 or the “Immigrant Worker Protection Act”.  It … Continue reading this entry

ICE Announces Three-Prong Workplace Enforcement Strategy

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On January 10, 2018, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a statement detailing a new, comprehensive worksite enforcement strategy that incorporates: (i) increased Form I-9 audits; (ii) more unannounced worksite raids; and (iii) promotion of an undersubscribed, voluntary compliance program created in 2006 known as IMAGE [ICE Mutual Agreement and Employers program].  The ICE statement … Continue reading this entry

Buyer Beware: I-9 Compliance in Mergers and Acquisitions

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With a new tax law and a booming American economy, mergers and acquisitions will occur at a busy pace in 2018.  In a prior post, we explained some of the employment authorization issues that may arise in such corporate transactions.  Here, we discuss another important issue that arises in mergers and acquisitions:  Form I-9 compliance.  … Continue reading this entry

DHS Extends Time Period for STEM OPT Employment Authorization

As of May 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expanded the time period during which a foreign student with a degree from a U.S. university in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field may work as a trainee. American companies sometimes struggle to fill specialty jobs requiring STEM degrees, and foreign students … Continue reading this entry

High Fines Continue to Provide “Additional Motivation” for I-9 Compliance

Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has recently eased off of its record pace for commencing new I-9 inspections, employers can take no comfort. ICE continues to use these inspections as a key enforcement tool to build a “culture of compliance” among employers, as shown by a recent decision issued by an administrative law judge (ALJ) … Continue reading this entry

ICE is Back With a Brand New Mission

  Dustin J. O’Quinn In January of 2012 two Houston, Texas companies each agreed to pay $2 million to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and to adhere to strict revised Immigration compliance programs set forth by the DHS’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency as part of a non-prosecution agreement. These penalties were the … Continue reading this entry